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    Shortly after the iPhone event yesterday, Apple gave bloggers and technology journalists the opportunity to go hands-on, get a feel for the new form factor, and generally give the new iPhone 5 a good man-handling. Engadget took a few photos, as did the The Verge.

    "The new iPad" influence aside, I feel compelled to type "the new iPhone" when I'm actually referring to the iPhone 5. I've conceded thus far by writing "the new iPhone 5", but maybe, like Mat Honan writes, the new iPhone 5 is completely amazing and utterly boring. But perhaps that's the point: revolution turns into evolution, and there's no-one that's better than Apple at this game, so writes MG Siegler.

    Apple's never been one to compete on specs, but all the same, the iPhone 5 lines up pretty well with competing smartphones, spec-wise. It might not have the 4.8-inch display of the Samsung Galaxy S III, but I can tell you now: the design of the iPhone 5 appeals to me a lot more than the design of Samsung's flagship does.

    The iPhone 5 doesn't have NFC nor wireless charging, but it does have Lightning, a new dock connector design. In an interview with AllThingsD's Ina Fried, Phil Schiller explains why: "Itís not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem", he said. "Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today." I have no doubts that should NFC take off in a big way, Apple will be able to leverage Passbook to take advantage of that.

    The Verge asks: will LTE buckle under the iPhone 5's weight? It's a valid question, even they're asking it for the American population whilst I'm talking about the situation in Australia: we're already seeing congested 3G networks in CBDs, so what's going to happen when the iPhone 5 rolls around and suddenely, everyone's using FaceTime calls over the LTE networks of Optus and Telstra?

    It wasn't specifically mentioned during the keynote yesterday, but Apple released the iOS 6 Gold Master to developers shortly after. IOS 6 will be publicly released on September 19th, which probably means Thursday for us Aussies ó*but if you're daring enough, you could install it right now.

    The iOS 6 feature availability table on the Apple lays it out pretty well. Australia won't get Tom-Tom style turn-by-turn navigation, nor 3D buildings. I tweeted during the keynote that Google's Maps will always be superior to whatever anyone else ever builds thanks to Street View, and this article from The Atlantic explains why.

    But let's not leave out the new iPod touch and new iPod nano, who have been displayed for us courtesy of Ars Technica (who include photos of the iPhone 5 for good measure). The nano might feel like smaller iPod touch, but it might turn out to be an amazing little device.

    ILounge posts ten details we might not have known about the new iPod range, including the really weird design decision to make the camera in the new iPod touch extrude from the back of the device. It might have been a functional limitation (the camera can't be that thin and that good at the same time), but it still feels very un-Apple like.

    And finally, if you missed the numbers from the keynote yesterday (which is now up on the Apple website for streaming and also available for downloading via the Apple Keynotes podcast feed), MacStories has you covered.
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