Yesterday, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5. And as usual, it led to a burst of Facebook and Twitter posts about how it was a letdown. And as usual, it’ll STILL set all kinds of sales records. Here are the six things you need to know:
#1.) The screen is bigger: four inches versus 3.5 inches. This will also allow for an extra row of icons.
#2.) It’s sleeker: it’s 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the previous iPhone.
#3.) It has more features: it can do 4G wireless speeds, it has a better camera, a faster processor, and a stronger battery.
#4.) In spite of all the improvements, the price is exactly the same. The 16-gigabyte version is $199, and goes up to $399 for the 64-gig version.
#5.) It has a new power cord, with a smaller input that’s all digital. So you know all those white cords you’ve got? They won’t work with the new iPhone. Apple will happily sell you an adapter, but it’s $29. They also redesigned the earphones; they’re now vented which should cut down on feedback if you use them while you’re on the phone..
#6.) It will have iOS6, which will include updates to Siri (she can post to Facebook and even make dinner reservations), as well as turn-by-turn directions, among other features.
Preorders start tomorrow, and it officially goes on sale a week from tomorrow. It’s available on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.