As expected, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced its new iPhone 5 yesterday, along with a new iPod Touch wireless music player. Reviews on the new iPhone are rolling in – mostly positive – with the major differences in opinion revolving around whether or not the iPhone 5 is worth an upgrade from the older model 4S.
There were few surprises as most features were already known due to leaks. When the iPhone 5 becomes available, which is scheduled for next week in the U.S., reporters and consumers will have a chance to give the new model a hands-on test drive. Whatever the review comments, it appears almost certain that the iPhone 5 will be a monster seller for Apple – especially since Apple is planning an extremely aggressive global roll-out.
The most noticeable new features are the thin new design and the 4 inch display size which, while still smaller than its main rivals, is significantly larger than older Apple models.
Other new features include a new processor said to be twice as fast as 4S’s chipset, 4G LTE wireless capability, much better display technology, a camera with faster capture and better low-light capability, noise cancellation technology with three microphones and a longer-lasting battery.
The most surprising shortcoming is the lack of built-in NFC technology. The new Samsung, Nokia and Google/Motorola smartphones all have this feature. The biggest complaints were about the new dock connector, smaller in size and incompatible with Apple accessories without an adaptor.
The new iPod Touch also comes with a 4 inch screen and has a 5 megapixel camera, faster processor, Siri support and comes in a variety of colors.