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Contributed by Tyler Reed, Control4

The iPhone 5 will be released to the masses today and as an admitted Apple fanboy I’m pretty excited for this release. I’m currently still using an iPhone 4 so I will definitely be upgrading to the iPhone 5. I’ll have to wait until I can actually get my hands on one to figure out how much better this thing really is than its predecessor but here are the things I’m most excited about:

It’s bigger and yet thinner – I want to see what the bigger screen looks like and how that will change the way I use my phone. If anything, the Control4 MyHome app should look fantastic on the bigger screen.

4G LTE – I’ve been hearing that the speed of the iPhone 5 on the 4G LTE networks is ridiculously fast. Faster than the wireless connections that most people have in their homes.

Siri – I’m hoping it will make my driving just a bit safer (oh wait, did I just admit to texting while driving?) and I’m looking forward to trying out the new features, i.e. sports scores, with the updated i OS 6. I can’t believe they didn't have sports on Siri up to this point. What is the point of a “personal assistant” if she can’t tell me what time the game is on Sunday?

Camera – I've read that the camera features are a vast improvement including the Panorama feature. I currently use an app for Panorama (it’s actually a Microsoft app, but that’s my dirty little secret). The app is a little clunky so it should be great to see what the feature is like when it’s integrated into the OS.

Ear Pods – I’m one of the few people that use the standard iPhone ear buds on a regular basis. They’ve needed an update for a while and the new Ear Pods look fantastic. I hope they provide the sound quality Apple claims they do!
I do wish that Apple would have included NFC (near field communication) in this iPhone but I still think the addition of all the other features make it a worthy upgrade. I guess the only question left is: black or white?

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