Apple took the wraps off of its iPhone 5 on Wednesday, confirming rumors that the phone would be bigger, faster and slimmer than its predecessor.
In fact, the rumor mill got just about everything right, from the iPhone’s new 4-inch screen to its A6 processor to its brand-new look.
The new phone will cost the same as the iPhone 4S: $199 for the 16 GB version, $299 for the 32 GB version and $399 for the 64GB version. As happened last year, the two previous version of the iPhone got a price cut. The iPhone 4 is now free, on contract, while the iPhone 4S is now $199.
The iPhone5 is Apple’s most dramatic redesign of its iconic smartphone since its introduction in 2007. Moving away from the fragile glass casing of the iPhone 4 and 4S, the phone now has a metal backplate flanked by glass panels that house a smaller — but better — camera sensor.