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The Apple iPhone 5 arrives in September 2012, featuring a larger screen, a slimmer design, a faster processor and access to the latest high speed (LTE | 4G) data networks. Both cameras are improved: the 8 megapixel primary camera now offers a panorama feature and 40% faster photo capture while The FaceTime camera features a higher resolution. The iPhone 5 will come preloaded with the newest Apple operating system, iOS 6; you can also upgrade from older versions of the device. iOS 6 features a 'smarter' Siri, a totally redesigned Maps feature, enhanced Facebook integration and much more.

  iPhone 5 iPhone 4s iPhone 4
Touch Display 4 inches 3.5 inches 3.5 inches
Weight 3.95 ounces 4.9 ounces 4.8 ounces
Dimensions
(H x W x D)
4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.4 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.4
Cellular Data Up to LTE (4G) speeds Up to 3G speeds Up to 3G speeds
Memory options 16, 32, 64 16, 32, 64 8, 16, 32
Rear Camera 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 5 megapixel
Front Camera
(Face Time)
1.2 megapixel 0.3 megapixel 0.3 megapixel
Video 1080p HD 1080p HD 720p HD
Siri Yes Yes No
Talk Time Up to 8 hours Up to 8 hours Up to 7 hours
Standby Time Up to 225 hours Up to 200 hours Up to 300 hours
Processor Apple A6 Apple A5 Apple A4

Specifications gathered from Apple.

Apple iPhone 5 is the 6th generation of the iconic device that debuted in June, 2007. The iPhone 3 debuted in July, 2008, with the iPhone 3GS arriving in June, 2009. These first three iterations were exclusive to AT&T in the United States. he iPhone 4 launched in June 2010, also for AT&T; a version for Verizon technology began selling in February 2011. The iPhone 4S followed in October, 2011; that month saw Sprint becoming the 3rd major U.S. carrier to carry the device. The table below compares some of the major features of the last three generations of the iPhone.