What’s New With the iPhone 5

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Yesterday was the big unveiling of the Apple iPhone 5. That’s why we posted a guide to Sell Your Used Phone for More.

Still not sure if it’s worth the upgrade? You’ve got a little time – it won’t be released until Sept. 21, and nobody says you have to get it on day one. (And waiting even a few days usually helps save on Macs.) Consumer Reports plans a full review, but here’s some of what they have to say right now about the differences from previous models…

  • At around 20 percent thinner and lighter, the iPhone 5 will be among the more slender and lightweight of smart phones.
  • Offers the fastest flavor of 4G. The new phone will also boost Wi-Fi speeds over Apple’s previous maximum of 150 megabits per second.
  • Facetime, Apple’s video-calling app, is available over cellular data networks rather than only on Wi-Fi. (While that will add convenience, the data-hogging bandwidth required by video calls could also send monthly wireless bills soaring, unless you’re careful.)
  • The iPhone 5 has three microphones, and Apple says it will provide better noise-canceling when you speak into it, promising to allow those you call – and voice recognition software Siri – to understand you better.
  • iPhone’s already top-notch camera has been upgraded, promising shorter shutter lag and better low-light performance, while adding such popular Android-camera features as panoramic stills.

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