We get it--you don't have time to scroll through 1,000-plus-word stories about the iPhone5 announcement from Wednesday, going into extraordinary detail about aspect ratios and processors and on and on. In an effort to help you decide whether it's even worth a few agonizing days of deciding whether or not to extend your wireless contract for the sake of upgrading your phone, here are the most important things you can take away from the iPhone5 announcement. 

Taller, skinner, unbreakable (?)

Four inches, to be exact, which allows for five rows of apps on your home screen instead of four. Apple also says it's the "thinnest" smartphone ever made. Plus, the back of the phone is now made of metal instead of glass. Take that, sidewalk! 

Fast! Fast!

They say this every time, but Apple claims its new "A6" processor in iPhone5 is twice as fast as the iPhone4S. 

New charger

Your old cords won't work anymore--unless you want to buy a $30 adapter for them. The new one is much smaller in width and the same on both ends (so you can't plug in the wrong end anymore). 

Siri just got even scarier

She can post to Facebook--which is now built into the iPhone, no escape--for you and recite NFL standings. But can she explain the budget deficit, too? 

You can Facetime without wifi, but...

AT&T users will need to upgrade to an unlimited voice plan. It's pretty pricey. 

 

Most of the features that get updated with every new iPhone update are also there--better camera, better battery and more. But these are the biggest talkers to come out of the iPhone5 announcement. Want more info on the changes? Check out this extensive--and picture-heavy--post from Buzzfeed

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