So, what's new? Comparing the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5

Now that Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last week, CNET stacks it up against its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, and compares its newest features.

The iPhone 4S (left) and the new iPhone 5 (right). CNET

After months of rumors , endless "leaked" images, and tons of analyst reports, Apple finally introduced its latest smartphone, the iPhone 5 last week. In addition to its new look, it also received some hardware and feature updates. To see what changed and what stayed the same, CNET put together this handy comparison chart that stacks up the device with its previous iteration, the iPhone 4S. Take a look and be sure to read our full iPhone 5 review.

iPhone 4S                                       iPhone 5
Dimensions 4.5 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, 0.37 inch thick; 4.9 ounces 4.87 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, 0.30 inch thick; 3.95 ounces
Display 3.5-inch Retina Display with 960x640-pixel resolution and 326ppi; 3:2 aspect ratio 4-inch Retina Display with 1,136x640-pixel resolution and 326ppi; 16:9 aspect ratio
Camera 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1080p HD video recording at 30fps, autofocus, face detection, HDR shooting mode, f2.4 aperture, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens; front-facing VGA camera 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 3,264x2448-pixel resolution, 1080p HD video recording at 30fps, autofocus, face detection, HDR and panoramic shooting modes, f2.4 aperture, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, dynamic low-light mode; front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz); UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA; GSM/EDGE; CDMA EV-DO Rev. A Bluetooth 4.0; 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA; GSM/EDGE; LTE; CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
Processor Dual-core 1GHz A5 processor with dual-core graphics A6 processor
Current capacity 16GB 16GB, 32 GB, 64GB
Location Assisted GPS, digital compass, Wi-Fi, cellular    Assisted GPS and GLONASS, digital compass, Wi-Fi, cellular
Sensors Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Battery life 8 hours of talk time over 3G, 6 hours of browsing over 3G, 14 hours over 2G, 9 hours of browsing over Wi-Fi, 40 hours of audio playback, 10 hours of video playback, 200 hours standby 8 hours of talk time over 3G, 8 hours of browsing over 3G, 8 hours of browsing over LTE, 10 hours of browsing over Wi-Fi, 40 hours of audio playback, 10 hours of video playback, 225 hours standby
Current carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Cricket Wireless, C Spire AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
Current pricing $99 for 16GB $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB
Colors Black and white Black and white
Audio system Two microphones Three microphones
Connector 30-pin connector 8-pin Lightning connector
Credit: Lynn La/CNET

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Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.

 

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