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Five years ago, Apple launched its groundbreaking iPhone, and today, after much anticipation and months of swirling rumors, they finally unveiled the latest product in the popular line – the iPhone 5. The latest release promises to be the thinnest, lightest iPhone ever, and boasts a slick new aluminum design.
This morning Apple had tongues wagging when its search engine supposedly revealed top-secret details of their newest products hours before the scheduled conference, according to TechCrunch. Not only did it confirm rumors that the iPhone 5 would be announced today, but it also suggested a new version of iTunes, along with a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are all in the works. However, I highly doubt Apple would be so careless as to have these super hush-hush details on the Net unintentionally, and suspect this may have been an Apple marketing ploy (not that they really need to fuel the iPhone 5 frenzy anymore!).
So what’s the 4-1-1 on the newest iPhone? According to Yahoo News and other tech sources, it has a larger 4-inch "retina" display (definitely a plus), provides the ability for users to surf a 4G LTE network with is sure to be ultra-fast, and is 20 percent lighter than the previous iPhone 4S.
Read more about the iPhone 5’s cool new features here.
In its press release, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller, says “iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created. We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”
As I’ve previously written, the tablet and smartphone market has totally exploded in recent years and, with all the options out there for the discerning consumer, Apple has some fierce competition to maintain its spot as the market leader; it’s definitely got a lot riding on the success of iPhone 5.
Apple has sold more than 243 million iPhones since it launched the product in 2007. Apple CEO Tim Cook – who had some major shoes to fill when he stepped in for the late Steve Jobs, an undeniable visionary and innovator – addressed the crowd on Wednesday, reporting Apple’s notebooks now rank top in U.S. sales and have lead in market share over the past three months.
iPhone 5 will be available in a combination of white and silver or black and slate and will retails for about $199 in the US for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. It will go on sale to the public in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, with the option for customers to pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14.
How excited are you for the iPhone 5?