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Apple launches iPhone 5

  • Apple unveiled the 4G-enabled iPhone 5 in San Francisco on Wednesday.

    The new device is taller, 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.

    The new screen offers a 16:9 ratio, the same as widescreen televisions, with room to display an extra row of app icons on its home screen.

    However, its 4-inch size remains smaller than the displays of models produced by rivals Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC and Sony.

    The handset also features a new Apple-designed chip, the A6, making it twice as powerful as its predecessor.

    The camera is an eight megapixel model, the same as the iPhone 4S, though its new software produces better photographs in low light.

    The iPhone 5 also uses a new socket for its charger, meaning that users will need to use an adapter to plug the device into speakers and other equipment.

    Apple will begin taking orders for the iPhone 5 on Friday.

    The 16 gigabyte version is priced at $199 while the top end model will cost $399. Shipments begin on September 21.