Posted: Thursday, September 13th 2012 at 8:45am
New iPhone coming next week
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time, the iPhone is growing even as it slims down.
After sticking for five years to the same screen size, Apple on Wednesday revealed a new phone that's taller, and has a bigger display.
The iPhone 5 will go on sale in the U.S. and eight other countries next Friday, Sept. 21.
Even though it's taller than the iPhone 4S, it's lighter, thanks to a new screen technology that makes the whole phone thinner.
The bigger screen — 4 inches measured diagonally — creates room for another row of icons on the screen and lets widescreen movies fit better. The calendar will now show five days at a time instead of just three. Previous iPhone models carried 3.5-inch screens.
In another big change, the iPhone 5 will come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks in the U.S. and overseas.
The improvements mean the iPhone 5 is taking a bigger leap up the evolutionary chain than its predecessor, which wasn't that much different than the iPhone 4.
The new device also carries another distinction: It's the first iPhone developed and unveiled since the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
There was little surprise in Wednesday's announcement. Despite the pains the company takes to hide its plans, the rough launch date, the new screen and the capability to connect to so-called LTE networks had been reported for months by blogs and analysts..29.
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