Apple Announces the Launch of Much-Anticipated iPhone 5

By Catherine Groux
Posted September 13, 2012 11:00 AM

Apple recently announced the launch of the iPhone 5.
Apple recently announced the launch of the iPhone 5.
Yesterday, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook announced the launch of the much-anticipated iPhone 5. As previous rumors suggested, the new device is taller, lighter and thinner than the iPhone 4S. With a bigger screen, the iPhone 5 will display five rows of apps instead of the current four.

Aside from its outside appearance, the latest model of Apple's iPhone will also feature LTE cellular data connectivity. While tiny, this chip can deliver up to 100 megabits per second, regardless of whether users have AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. Using LTE, Apple fans can indulge in eight hours of battery life, Mashable reports, while using WiFi will give them 10 hours.

Another new feature of the iPhone 5 is a processor known as the Apple A6 chip. According to NBC News, this chip is two times faster and 22% smaller than its predecessor, allowing users to quickly save images to iPhoto and download their favorite music.

Although the iPhone 5's camera still has an eight-megapixel sensor, the camera itself is smaller and includes more features, Mashable reports. Users will be able to take better photos in low light, even without the flash, and indulge in images of higher quality. Additionally, the new camera will be able to take photos 40% faster than the iPhone 4S.

Overall, the updates featured in the iPhone 5 have one thing in common: speed. For college students with little time on their hands, this could be an enticing addition.

"Life as a student is fast paced," said Nikki Segarra, who is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. "To be able to access email, search for maps and look up information on the go makes my life easier."

Jill Dilibero, a student who is currently working toward a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Boston's Simmons College, expressed a similar opinion.

"I think [speed] is really important, particularly when your professor wants you to know something on the fly," she said.

With a faster smartphone, Dilibero said it would be easier to locate off-campus buildings with the map feature and look up everything from statistics to synonyms. As Dilibero explained, the modern college student uses a smartphone throughout their entire day, whether they are commuting to class or sitting in a lecture hall. According to a June survey by Mashable, 52% of college students check their phones before getting out of bed, while almost 50% glance at these devices before falling asleep.

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