(Updated 5:28 p.m.)
Apple Inc. unveiled its newest iPhone, called the iPhone 5, at a San Francisco product launch Wednesday kicked off by CEO Tim Cook.
AT&T said it will begin taking pre-orders for the new phone Friday. The prices are $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model, along with one of a variety of shared and individual data plans.
Here are the highlights from Phil Schiller, head of Apple marketing, based on updates from the product launch (click here for photos):
* 4G LTE capability: LTE has a single chip for voice and data, single radio chip, and can now switch antenna connections between different networks. The 4G LTE is available with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in the U.S.
* Dual-core A6 chip delivers up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics, and Apple says it’ll help conserve battery life
* The iPhone 5 is 18 percent thinner than the 4S, and it’s 20 percent lighter than the 4S
* The new phone is taller to accommodate an extra line of apps
* New screen features 4-inch display. Retina Display 326 pixels per inch is same as old model.
* The camera takes pictures faster and works better in low light
* The iPhone 5 is made entirely out of glass and aluminum
* Apple is introducing a smaller, narrower connection port for the new phone.
* Updated software, more e-mail and Web pages in Safari
* Calendar showing more events
These are the highlights of the biggest improvements. Would the above features prompt you to ditch your existing iPhone for the latest model?