I'll be the first to admit that my number one travel tool is an iPhone. Without a doubt it's one of the most capable devices you could carry with you at any given time, and as of yesterday, it's just become even more of an asset to travelers. Replacing the iPhone 4S is the creatively named iPhone 5...likely one of the worst kept secrets in the world, yet still one of the most anticipated launches of the year. One of the biggest changes comes by way of a larger, 4-inch Retina display, which doesn't enlarge the form factor of the iPhone 4 that you've gotten used to, yet allows a fifth row of applications. The now infamous Apple Dock connector goes out the window in favor of the new and improved Lightning connector, which promises to be smaller, smarter, more durable, and most importantly (for those of us who can't tell up from down) reversible. Actually come to think of it—most importantly it means for those of us who have painstakingly installed a dock connector to charge our iPhones, who will inevitably upgrade...are now going to need to rip out hours of hard work from their vehicles (or buy the Apple Dock to Lightning converter Plug, not included.) Oh, it also has a really, really fast A6 processor.
The new iPhone 5 also promises an improved camera, with up to 40% faster image capture, better low light performance, and even less noise—the iPhone 5 also adds a native Panorama function allowing you to take an image up to 240 degrees wide, perfect for that remote campsite you want to share with your friends.
You'll be able to pre-order the iPhone 5 starting September 14th.