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Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing introduces the new iPhone 5. Image source: Getty Images

Today was the day we finally learned all the official details about the iPhone 5.

For those following the iPhone rumor mill, some of the things we learned about the iPhone 5 did not come as a surprise. As rumored,we now know that the the iPhone 5 is lighter, thinner and has a larger display. In addition, a new processor is featured in the phone, an A6 SoC, which Apple suggested will double the CPU performance.

The iPhone 5 also has a new 8 megapixel camera, which includes improved low-light performance and is 25 percent smaller than the iPhone 4S camera. The new camera has a f/2.4 lens and is made of sapphire crystal, which Apple says is thinner and more durable than glass. The camera also can take photos 40 percent faster. And one new feature available now is a panorama mode, which allows you to take photos up to 28 megapixels in size.

It was also announced that iOS 6 will be available for the iPhone 4S, 4, the iPad 2 and new iPad on Sept. 19. New features in iOS 6 include an updated Siri, more Facebook integration, Apple's own mapping app, and FaceTime video chat over cellular networks.

Apple has decided it is time to move away away from the old 30-pin connector used since 2003.The iPhone 5 will have an 8-pin connector that is 80 percent smaller and reversible, called Lightning. For those who have accessories using the old connector, you can purchase an adapter for $29.

Apple also released upgrades for their iPod lineup. The new iPod Touch will have an A5 chip, which makes it two times faster than the current processor, and the iPod touch will also have Siri, Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant.

New, shiny, pretty

Lightning, the new connector on the block

Introducing the EarPods.

A recap of the iPhone 5 specs so far:

  • Made entirely out of glass and aluminum
  • 20% lighter than previous version - 4 ounces
  • 18% thinner - 7.6mm in thickness
  • 4-inch display
  • Screen resolution is 1136 x 640
  • Will be available in black and white (silver)
  • LTE connectivity
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Ability to snap images while shooting video
  • Front facing 720p HD camera
  • New dock connection, called Lightning, is 80% smaller
  • New earbuds, called EarPods
  • Pricing is the same compared to the when the 4S was released: Prices are $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 64GB models.
  • Pre-orders begin Friday and the iPhone 5 will launch Sept. 21.

  • So who is getting one? I am tempted, so tempted. My iPhone 4 is looking very sad now. What to do?

    (Source for updates: TheVerge liveblog of the event)

    The more you know:

    Everything You Need To Know About iOS 6 - LifeHacker

    Apple's New iPhone 5 Dock Connector - Engadget

    Meet EarPods, Your New Apple Earphones - Mashable

    You Won’t Lose Your AT&T Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan - Cult of Mac