Room for five rows of icons! Elauwit employees freak over Apple's new iPhone 5

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Yea, yea. We're a telecomm company. We are a group of geeks who are exposed to all kinds of technology every single day. Things that make our jobs easier, our lives better, and heck, it just so happens to put food on the table, too! So, one might be surprised to see and hear all the buzz going on around the office today about the new iPhone 5.

It was really no secret that the updated version of our most beloved cell phone was coming. Rumors swirled for months about what the new phone would feature. Thinner. Lighter. Longer-lasting battery! Oh my! But, now, rumors are just a thing of the past, as the official details of the new phone were released today.

CNet.com shares the nuts and bolts of the new updates.

The smartphone is made of glass and aluminum and all of the buttons are in the same places. According to Apple, the device is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S, measuring just 7.6mm. It's also 20 percent lighter than its predecessor at 112 grams. The company is calling the aluminum backplate -- which has been shown in several leaked images over the last several weeks -- the "slate."

The device once again comes with the Retina display and has the same 326 pixels per inch found in the iPhone 4S. In terms of resolution, users can expect 1,136 x 640.

But, possibly the most buzz-worthy update is the larger screen. The iPhone 5 will feature a whopping four-inch wide screen. The additional half-inch will obviously change the outer appearance of the phone, but users will also see five rows of icons instead of the current four.

Other notable updates include:

  • "Ultrafast Wireless" with support for 4G LTE service
  • platform will offer up HSPA+ and DC-HSPDA.
  • boast support for 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals on Wi-fi
  • new A6 processor that's 22% smaller but twice as fast
  • 8 hours of 3G talk time and 8 hours of LTE browsing
  • an 8-megapixel sensor and 3,264 x 2,448 resolution
  • a third speaker and a noise-canceling earpiece to improve call quality

Eek! We are so excited. Probably the only downside is the update to the Dock connector. Well, let's call it what it really is...a full-on replacement of the Dock connector.

The 30-pin connector is now being replaced by an all-digital connector, called Lightning. The connector is 80 percent smaller than the 30-pin connector and according to Apple, will deliver "improved durability" and be "easier to use."

Which is all fine and well, but what it really means is our car chargers, backup USB cables, wall chargers and anything else we've been using for the past five years will be totally useless. Nor will we be able to bum a friend's charger if ours is forgotten or misplaced.

But, of course, Apple's thought of that. They unveiled a new adapter that will allow the iPhone 5 to connect to standard, 30-pin ports. No word on whether that's included with the iPhone 5 (doubtful) or how much the adapter will cost.

Apple plans to open pre-orders for the iPhone 5 on September 14. The device will hit store shelves on September 21. I can assure you that more than a few of our employees will be on that pre-order list!