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Most could predict that Siri would be updated and her noticeable bugs fixed, but new additions announced last week like a panoramic camera were not as expected. Other changes to the new device include a mostly metal back rather than glass like its predecessor – and if you've ever held an iPhone 4 without a case, you know how frightening it can be.
But the biggest change to the phone that Apple has been pushing is probably the larger screen. Despite the increase in retina display, the iPhone 5 is the lightest and thinnest one of the family yet. While some think this is a great thing because Netflix on our phones just got better, others are slightly annoyed that there's going to be all new everything; Charging dock, cases, etc. Most people will want the phone and can overlook all the even newer additions it'll add to their wallets.
On the new phone also comes iOS 6, the latest operating system for Apple products that we should all wake up to on Sept. 19. So if your upgrade isn't until next October like mine but you still want the perks of the iPhone 5, the update is definitely going to be exciting for you. Some of the big changes that you'll get with the new iOS are Passbook, spoken navigation for Maps and a more cohesive Facebook experience.
Passbook takes all of your tickets, concerts, plane, etc. and puts them into one, simple application. And if you're a newly licensed driver who still gets lost, then the voice navigation probably just made your life much easier. And finally you can upload pictures to Facebook straight from your Photos app. But these are just some of the 200 new features that are supposed to be included on iOS 6. Other features include shared photo streams and even more ways to know everything your friends are doing with apps like Find my Friends.
Overall, the iPhone 5 is right on time for the loyal Apple users who always manage to upgrade to the newest iPhone every time one comes out which seems like every month. And for those of you who don't understand how people keep rebuying the same tweaked phone every year, well you can just sit this one out.
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