Apple iPhone 5

The newest iteration of the dominant phone kept the rumor mill swirling for months before its September arrival.

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Was there a device in 2012 as hotly anticipated as the iPhone 5? If so, we can't remember it. Even with the astronomically high expectations surrounding the first iPhone unveiled after Steve Jobs, Apple's latest smartphone managed to live up to nearly all of them, delivering a refined, redesigned and utterly beautiful device.

The biggest changes: a screen that finally got bigger for the first time in the iPhone's history, but really got longer as opposed to wider, keeping a small profile compared with supersize Android phones. Also, of course, faster wireless service via LTE. Even with the downgrade that was Apple Maps, the iPhone 5 was good enough to even convince Android users in the CNET offices to change over.

For more on this story, see our full review of the iPhone 5.

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