For many devoted Apple enthusiasts the annual new release of the ever-popular iPhone is an event that is eagerly anticipated.  On September 12, 2012 Apple unveiled the new device and here’s the breakdown of the new, exciting features, as well as what was left out and how the new iPhone 5 compares to its competitors.

Main Changes of the iPhone 5

  • New operating system iOS6, which has over 200 new features
  • Larger Screen.  From 3.5” diagonal to 4
  • LTE the new superfast wireless network
  • Redesigned ear buds – named EarPods
  • 18% thinner, 20% lighter
  • Room for another row of apps (or icons)
  • New Processor Apple A6 is 22% smaller and more power efficient
  • Better camera including panorama mode
  • Longer battery life.
  • ”Maps” an application that works similarly to Google Maps.

For more information on the new features, you can visit the iPhone page on the Apple Website (http://www.apple.com/iphone/).

When compared to other Smartphones that are similar in design and functionality, the iPhone 5′s competitors have a screen that’s at least 720p, dual-core 1.5GHz processors, an 8-megapixel camera and 4G LTE.  This is very similar and in some cases, exceeds the specifications of the new iPhone 5.

What Changes were Left Out?

Although completely speculative, many consumers hoped for the following features:

  • An improved keypad
  • A 120G version
  • Built-in inductive charging
  • Biometric Security

Projected sales are expected to reach 58 million.  Reviews have been mixed.  Some consumers love these new changes, while others have claimed there are no big surprises, and that the features only get Apple on par with Android devices. For most Apple fans it doesn’t matter, they’ll still be line for the new iPhone 5.