Apple harvests new iPhone, iPods

week in review The much-anticipated iPhone 5 gets unveiled, while CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses Facebook's IPO. Also: Go Daddy goes down.

An object of much anticipation and speculation over the last several months, the iPhone 5 was finally announced this week.

According to Apple, the device is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S, measuring just 7.6mm. It's also 20 percent lighter than its predecessor at 112 grams. The company is calling the aluminum backplate -- which has been shown in several leaked images over the last several weeks -- the "slate."

One of the biggest additions is the new 4-inch Retina Display, with the same 326 pixels per inch found in the iPhone 4S. The phone will also come with support for 4G LTE service, delivering what it calls "ultrafast wireless." The device's LTE service will be available in the U.S. on the Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T networks.

With iPhone 5, Apple made the case that it should be king of the hill again, but that's not exactly a slam dunk coronation . When the iPhone 4 debuted in June 2010, it was the phone to own.

Following a lengthier-than-expected upgrade cycle to the incrementally better iPhone 4S, and now the iPhone 5, things have changed. Android is pervasive, and Samsung now has a significant lead in the smartphone business with a franchise, the Galaxy S, that generates nearly as much buzz as the iPhone.

Most importantly, the iPhone is no longer leaps and bounds better than the competition and the obvious choice for consumers. Instead, rivals have caught up.
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•  iPhone 5: What we didn't get
•  Samsung will reportedly sue Apple over LTE use on iPhone 5
•  Apple's dock connector change is awful, don't kid yourselves
•  New iPod Nano sports a 2-inch screen
•  Apple reworks, simplifies iTunes
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Go Daddy-serviced Web sites go down; hacker takes credit

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Amazon shoppers will squeeze through Calif. tax loophole

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Twitter ordered to turn over user data or face fine

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Nintendo Wii U arrives November 18 starting at $299

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