The new Apple iPhone 5, featuring a larger screen and boosted computing powers, was introduced in San Francisco this morning.
According to Apple, pre-orders open on September 21, and shipping to New Zealand will begin on September 28.
At the Apple conference, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller called the iPhone 5 "the most beautiful consumer device that we've ever created".
But until it arrives, here are all of the features you need to know:
- iPhone 5 comes in either white and silver or black and slate.
- Eight megapixel camera with image stabilisation and panorama.
- The iPhone 5 is the said to be 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S.
- The phone features a new 10 cm "retina" display.
- It will be available in New Zealand for a recommended retail price of NZD$1049 for the 16GB model, NZD$1199 for the 32GB model and NZD$1349 for the 64GB model.
- The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, with new features such as an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation.
- iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA. However, no New Zealand carriers have LTE/4G just yet.
The new Apple invention has garnered a mostly positive response in the 'Twitter-verse' so far today.
Actor Ricky Gervais tweeted, "Can't wait for the new iPhone 5. I've had this mint condition, perfectly good, antique iPhone 4 for over a year now. Embarrassing."
While Ryan Block wrote, "Great. Use the iPhone 5 for ten minutes and now my iPhone 4S feels tiny, fat, and ugly. And that's how they get me every time."