Some big changes on the iPhone 5, but not many surprises.  First, it is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S.

Other big changes were made that might not necessarily be sexy, but will bring considerably more comfort to users.  They have improved battery life claiming that a user can now use conduct Wi-Fi browsing for 10 hours and use LTE for up to 8 hours.

The new model now uses 4G technology which makes for faster operating than the 3G version.  To further increase speed, Apple has designed a new “A6” chip which they claim makes the phone’s processor twice as fast as the 4S.

Of course there is a new camera with specific improvements including, better results in low light, a “panoramic” picture-taking capability and the ability to take photos while shooting videos.

The rumors were indeed true when it comes to new connectors.  The old connectors which have been around since 2003 have been replaced by a new 8-pin connector.  Adaptors are available for $29 and $39.

The phone, although lighter is actually bigger.  This allows for 5 rows of apps on the main screen; an improvement from the four rows on previous models.

Pricing for the three models (16Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb) is $199, $299 and $399 respectively.

Thanks to CNN Money and gigaom.com for the background to this story.