Apple added four significant changes to the new iPhone, with the larger 4-inch display perhaps being the most salient. Apple also changed the display aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9, making for a taller, but not wider screen. The phone itself retains much of the same design that debuted with the iPhone 4, but is nearly an ounce lighter than any previous iPhone.
Also new on the iPhone 5 is 4G LTE support for Verizon, Spring, and AT&T. This is the first iPhone to support 4G LTE and iPhone users can expect near Wi-Fi speeds when browsing the web and downloading apps wherever 4G is available. The new iPhone also marks the debut of the A6 chip, which promises zippier performance and more powerful apps down the road, as well as the Lightning connector. Gone is the old 30-pin clunker from previous iDevices, in its place is a smaller, sleeker, and easier to use connector.
That’s not all. The iPhone 5 ships with iOS 6, which came out September 19 for the iPhone 4, 4S, iPad 2, new iPad, and fourth-generation iPod touch. Brighthand as a full iOS 6 review for the iPhone 4S live on site.
TechnologyGuide Chief Editor Jamison Cush was on location at the Apple Store in Boston to chat with New England Cable News about the new smartphone, and you can check out images from the iPhone 5 launch scene on Brighthand as well.