In the greatest buildup of Apple device rumors in years, the iPhone 5 (6th Generation model) is out and as promised has some significant changes.
Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller came out to make the Announcement at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco to an invite-only crowd of Journalists, Bloggers & Apple employees.
Update (Septemeber 13th, 2012):
We now have the full keynote available via Apple. All the details of the event are below.
Full Apple Keynote
(nearly 2 hours, iPhone 5 portion starts 13 minutes in):
So What’s New?
Larger & Improved Screen
The new screen on iPhone 5 is a 4-inch display at 1136×640.
The Retina display display technology is also enhanced with 44% more color saturation and now fully sRGB.
The iPhone 5 is now Global 4G LTE networking enabled if it’s available in your area.
Also New Ultrafast wireless technology (802.11n), dual-channel 5GHz, with max performance up to 150Mbps, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.
Can now take Photos 40% faster.Improved Camera
28 megapixel ‘Panorama’ mode.
Now with Dynamic low light mode, Precision lens alignment and Sapphire crystal lens.
Also New image processing chip with Spatial noise reduction and smart filter.
Video Recording Improvements
You can now take Photos while recording video.
Facetime over Cellular built in.
Next Generation Processor
New A6 processor which has a 2x faster CPU, 2x faster graphics, and even smaller form factor than the 4s.
Improved Battery consumption
Matched and improved battery performance with 8 hours on LTE web browsing usage.
New dock connector
A New smaller Thunderbolt(ish) connector called ‘Lighting‘ that is reversible and has an 8 signal design.
New Microphone & Speaker Improvements
Now with 3 microphones, Front, back, and bottom. Plus
Earpiece now has noise canceling on your own audio out.
The New Speakers have five magnet transducer.
New Wideband Audio fills up more frequency spectrum to make call audio sound even better (Carrier support needed).
Thinner Shape & Lighter Weight
A slimmer design, now only 7.6mm thin, 18% thinner than the iPhone 4s.
Pricing (with 2 year Carrier contract)
16GB version is $199
The iPhone 4S has been reduced to $99 and the iPhone 4 is now Free.
So when can I get it?
Preordering starts Friday, September 14th.
Released on September 21st.
You can see all the details on Apple’s website (if it doesn’t crash):