According to Apple, the device is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S, measuring just 7.6mm. It's also 20 percent lighter than its predecessor at 112 grams. The company is calling the aluminum backplate -- which has been shown in several leaked images over the last several weeks -- the "slate."
One of the biggest additions is the new 4-inch Retina Display, with the same 326 pixels per inch found in the iPhone 4S. The phone will also come with support for 4G LTE service, delivering what it calls "ultrafast wireless." The device's LTE service will be available in the U.S. on the Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T networks.
Following a lengthier-than-expected upgrade cycle to the incrementally better iPhone 4S, and now the iPhone 5, things have changed. Android is pervasive, and Samsung now has a significant lead in the smartphone business with a franchise, the Galaxy S, that generates nearly as much buzz as the iPhone.
Most importantly, the iPhone is no longer leaps and bounds better than the competition and the obvious choice for consumers. Instead, rivals have caught up.
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