The much expected iPhone 5 launch took place at last. And it seems it was worthwhile the wait. USA Today’s Edward Baig was among the audience at the launch of the new iPhone launch less than an hour go. Here’s what he had to say about it.
SAN FRANCISCO — Over the past several weeks and months, I can’t tell you how often I’ve gotten the question, “When is the new iPhone coming out?’” We now know the answer to the question. Apple announced a brand new iPhone 5 today. The obvious follow-up question: “Is it worth it?”
My true answer must wait until I’ve had a chance to put the iPhone 5 through its paces, and details are still emerging as I sit in the audience at Apple’s event here. But the new iPhone looks awfully inviting from my vantage point. Like many people, I’ve had an iPhone 4 that has frankly grown stale. But I also postponed the purchase of a new smartphone — waiting to see what Apple would do.
The new iPhone 5 has the same retina display as on its predecessor. But Apple finally upped the screen size to 4 inches, up from the 3.7-inch display that was on all its predecessors. That permits a fifth row of app icons on the home screen. It’s still a smaller screen than the display on many rival Android devices. But the extra real estate is welcome, just the same.
Apple says the new device a little taller than its earlier models and is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever made — 18% thinner, in fact, than its immediate predecessor, the iPhonje 4S. And the iPhone 5 is one-fifth lighter than the 4S. It is made entirely of glass and aluminum.
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