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Apple releases iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 was unveiled by Apple earlier this week.
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The iPhone 5 was unveiled by Apple earlier this week.

The iPhone 5 was unveiled by Apple earlier this week. (AP)

Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 5 Wednesday and the phone has some major changes. The iPhone 5 has a bigger screen, is 18 percent thinner, 20 percent lighter and is now made with metal for less cracking.

Apple has also moved the touch sensors into the display itself to improve tactile response and reduce screen glare.

The only worry iPhone 5 owners now have is about cracking the front screen. With older models, this was sometimes fixable if the crack wasn’t terrible. But now it will be unfixable or very pricey to repair.

The new iPhone needs new adapters to connect any accessories you may own. An 8-pin connector dubbed “Lightning” has replaced the old 30-pin adapter.

The 30-pin design dates back to 2003 with the introduction of the iPhone itself. Apple saw fit to replace the “out-dated design” with the iPhone 5.

Market experts expect that Apple will release an adapter so individuals can use their old iPhone products with the iPhone 5.

The phone’s pixel resolution hasn’t been increased, but the new screen and its reduced glare technology actually result in more picture clarity.

The new 4-inch screen expands the display to a 16:9 widescreen ratio, which allows for five rows of apps per page. Apple also added a third microphone and upgraded the camera.

A new software chip, A15, on the phone promises to load webpages two times faster. The music app will load almost two times faster as well. Apple beat Texas Instruments and Samsung to bring the chip to the smartphone market.

Overall, the iPhone 5 is definitely a solid improvement over its predecessor. It proves to be more evolutionary than revolutionary.

Many SMU students are excited about the new iPhone and its new features.

“Apple has done it once again. I am excited to use all of the iPhone 5’s new features,” junior Ben Nguyen said.

The iPhone 5’s release, along with Apple’s victory against Samsung, have increased confidence, both from consumers and analysts, about the future of the company.  

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