Apple Inc. this week announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the top-selling iPhone smartphone.
The iPhone 5 will include a 4-inch Retina display, 8MP iSight 1080p camera, 720p front-facing camera, and 4G LTE functionality. The phone at 7.6mm thick is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S and at 112 grams is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.
Battery life is improved with 8 hours of talk time using 3G and 8 hours of LTE browsing.
The latest iPhone will include iOS 6, with tighter integration with third-party applications like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and OpenTable. The latter two services will be integrated in a new Maps application, which utilizes vector mapping to provide 3D fly-over views and turn-by-turn directions.
The iPhone 5 will require a new dock dubbed Lightning, a new 8-pin digital connector. An adapter will be offered to allow compatibility with older iPhone accessories.
Finally, the iPhone 5 will included new EarPods, a redesigned earphone that will provide better audio and in-ear placement.
iPhone 5 pre-order sales will begin Sept. 14 and ship to U.S. customers Sept. 21. The 16GB will sell at $199, 32GB at $299 and the 64GB at $399 with a two-year contract.