I posted last night my thoughts and speculations on what the new iPhone would bring. To summarise:
New, taller design
4" Taller screen with increased resolution
Improved low light performance on the camera
Some other surprise
Check. Check. Check. Check. Sadly, no (unless you count the iPod/iTunes refresh). So all in all, rather unsurprising, but that seems to be the way, these days.
So what do I think? Nice. I like the design, and LTE, better camera, and battery life are improvement enough to warrant me upgrading. Aside from the obvious (NFC) I don't know what more they really could have added to it. Apple's way with these things has always been generally a little behind everyone else - LTE has been shipping for a while now on other handsets, especially in the US. But until now, before the iPhone 5, it has been plagued by terrible battery life. Apple seems to have somehow fixed that - the battery life is the same for LTE browsing as it 3G. I suspect NFC will be the same - that being, next year maybe (if NFC has actually taken off) when Apple are sure they can implement it with any detraction to the overall quality of the phone, they will.
Will I be getting one? Of course. As to how yet I haven't decided; unfortunately if you want LTE the only really option here in the land of Oz is Telstra at the stage. (And really, why wouldn't you want LTE?) I'll be waiting to see the plans trickle through later in the day.
Until then, check out landing page Apple has setup for it. Jony Ive is brilliant.