Apple Shows Off a Taller, Thinner, Faster iPhone 5

Apple's Phil Schiller announces the new iPhone 5 during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

We are here at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts, a San Francisco venue familiar to Apple-watchers as the site of many product events. The usual mix of edgy-yet-not-too-edgy pop and rock (think when U2 really tries to “get down”) fills the hall as most journalists train their eyes not on the stage in front of them, but the glow of laptops and smartphone screens.

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