This Friday marks the release of the much hyped, and much anticipated iPhone 5 from Apple. Aesthetically, the phone is basically a 4S that has gone through a growth spurt. The screen has grown to 4″ in size so that Apple can remain competitive with the computer monitor sized android phablets that seem to be coming out every other day. The iPhone also goes on a diet, coming in at 18% thinner and 22% lighter than the 4S. This was not an easy feat. Apple had to rethink the way they constructed the phone, opting for a more unibody, macbook reminiscent styling. As far as guts, the iPhone also received substantial upgrades. The A5 chipset was replaced for the faster A6 processer, the battery life and size have been increased, and the camera’s both front and rear have been refitted with better parts. The phone will (finally) ship with 4G LTE, making it one of the fastest phones on the market today. Apple also decided, much to the dismay of many of its loyal fan-base to ditch the 30 pin connecter and opt for a smaller, thinner 16 pin unit, dubbed ‘Lightning’. This is a good move, despite the headache of buying adaptors or changing out your dated fleet of cables. The connector can be inserted in either direction, and was an essential piece in getting the new iPhone 5 to be the smallest smartphone on the market. You can pre-order the iPhone 5 here starting at just $199.