Apple Unveils the World’s Thinnest Smart Phone…With Some New Social Features to Boot

By Megan O'Neill 

For months rumors have been flying about the features of the new iPhone 5.  Today those rumors can finally be put to rest as Apple has officially unveiled their shiny new device and, as anticipated, it’s bigger, better, faster and stronger than ever.

Paul Schiller, Apples senior VP of worldwide marketing, unveiled the new device this morning saying, “Each and every year we introduce new versions with new features… each time setting the gold standard.”  While we’re sure you’ll be hearing loads about the features of the new iPhone 5 over the coming hours and days, we thought we’d throw together a quick overview of some of the most exciting new upgrades.

The new iPhone is the thinnest and lightest yet.  In fact, at 7.7mm thick it is not only 18 percent thinner than before, but it’s officially the world’s thinnest smart phone.  It’s 20 percent lighter than the 4S, clocking in at 112 grams.

The iPhone 5 also surpasses the iPhone 4S in the battery life arena.  Reportedly the battery will last for up to 8hours of 3G or LTE talk time or browsing and 10 hours on WiFi browsing.

As a photography and video buff, I’m most excited about the new camera features.  The iPhone 5 features 40 percent faster image capture, better low-light performance, and a panorama feature that lets you swing your phone to take up to 28 megapixel panoramic shots.  On the video front, the main camera is still 1080p but has better video stabilization and the front-facing camera is not…wait for it…720p!  Narcissists among us, you will be able to take sharper self-portraits of yourself than ever before!

Photo and video playback should also look great on the new 326ppi 4-inch Retina display.  The display is the same width, but taller.

Now how about those social features?  While there aren’t a huge number of new social features, the iPhone 5 and the new iOS 6 operating system do incorporate a few updates that will make social media lovers happy.  For starters, FaceTime now works over cellular networks (though it wasn’t stated whether it will work over all cellular networks).  Additionally, iOS 6 features a shared photo stream and you’ll be able to post to Facebook by voice using Siri.  Twitter wasn’t mentioned, but we’ll look forward to seeing if Siri can Tweet as well.

On a not so ground-breaking note, the iPhone 5 is available in black and white (I know, pretty freakin’ exciting, right?).

Which iPhone 5 features are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.