It’s Here: The iPhone 5

Today, it happened. We finally got the word that the iPhone 5 is here, and it’s ready to rock our world. So what’s the news and what do you need to know right now? Get the deets after the jump. 

The iPhone 5

  • Official release date: September 21 (8:00am for local stores)
  • Pre-orders start September 14
  • Cost: 16GB – $199; 32GB – $299, 64GB – $399
  • 4-inch Retina display, 16:9 ratio, 326 ppi
  • Size: 7.6mm thick, 112g grams (18% thinner, 20% lighter)
  • LTE connectivity based on your carrier
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • A6 processor — twice as fast or more than A5
  • More efficient battery life — 8 hours LTE, 8 hours talk time, 10 hours video playback
  • New EarPod headphones
  • Available in white and black
  • Upgraded dock connector named Lightning
  • 720P FaceTime camera, 1080P 8mp rear camera
  • nano-SIM card
  • Aluminum body with inserts
The iPhone 5

The iPhone 5

iOS 6

  • Siri has new features — sports, movies, restaurants and more
  • Maps gets a big upgrade — Flyovers, turn-by-turn navigation and more
  • New iTunes stores
  • Available September 19

For a more detailed analysis of the features in iOS 6, check out our post, iOS 6 and the iPhone.

But wait …

A quick tip. I called on my own AT&T plan here in the U.S. Every year, AT&T has allowed me to upgrade to the new iPhone with a contract renewal, and still given me the off-contract price. This year, for the first time in I believe four years, they’ve stopped that program. The rep I spoke to said that’s all he’s had calls about all day long.