We have been watching and listening to every bit of information, for the up-to-date information on the iPhone 5.
We can finally put to rest the iPhone 5 rumors and release date!
Our post of iPhone 5 to be released in 2011?, has the most accurate information of the actual release of the most anticipated device of the year.
Yesterday, Sept. 12, 2012 in San Francisco, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple had announced the iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPod Touch with Siri, a new iPod Nano, iTunes 11 and an overview of the Mountain Lion OS X.
As the usual, there was a no live-stream approach to the release, so I again took to live blogs to get the info.
We hear from Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Eddy Cue, Scott Forestal and Rob Murray from EA Studios and they talk about the new products, business and technology advancements.
Tim Cook takes the stage and starts as always with company stats of 380 stores around the world and Sweden will be added Friday.
He also mentions Mountain Lion OS X is the fastest selling OS of all time with 7 million sold.
Mac has seen 15% growth over the last year with an impressive last quarter, 17 million of iPads sold “Driving the post-PC revolution at a breathtaking pace”.
In a post-PC world, the tablets will take center stage. Already Apple has seen growth of the iPad sales, as the App Store has recently crossed the 700,000 apps with 250,000 of them tailored for the iPad.
Phil Schiller now appears to talk iPhone 5.
After a brief history of the idevice, it appears as it risies from the stage on a podium as the large movie screen behind him shows the details as he talks. Phil explains the challenging job of the designers to give it everything the iPhone 4S has and make it smaller.
They accomplished their task with a lighter, thinner and longer display too-boot. It is cased in aluminum and glass on the back and all glass on the front for the screen.
The iPhone 5 is 112 grams, 4 inch display, 1136 x 640, 19.6 aspect ratio, has added space for a fifth row of icons, which also means wide screen videos, more web browsing, more email, more events on a calendar.
iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand and others will be updated specifically for utilizing the gorgeous display.
Touch sensors have been integrated into the screen itself, instead of a layer on top. This new display has 44% more color saturation than the 4S.
The discussion rounds to the LTE capabilities, with HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA built-in. LTE is a single chip, a single radio, a dynamic antenna that can switch between networks.
A new Wifi is built-in, 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for 150 Mbps of speed.
Speaking of faster, the new A6 chip will blow your socks-off. With 2x faster CPU and Graphics it’s astonishing it’s 22% smaller.
He also overviews the faster processing of Launch Pages app, Save image from iPhoto app, Load Music app with songs and View Keynote attachment.
Keep in-mind the 2x faster Graphics as the next presenter comes to the stage.
Rob Murray starts with the fact that EA had acquired Firemint, the creators of Real Racing series.
Real Racing 3 makes a small appearance promoting the amazingly fast Graphics as it teases you for a later this year release date.
With top-notch quality Real Racing 3 will include GameCenter to produce time-shifted multiplayer action. So you can challenge your buddy today, race ’em tomorrow, it’s pretty bad**s.
Phil Schiller walks back out to present more of the functions of the idevice. iPhone 5 will have a beefed-up battery life, even in a smaller phone… WOW!
It was truly needed to improve the battery and now you’re supposed to get 8 hours of use from 3G talk, 3G browsing, LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wifi browsing and video, 40 hours of Music and 225 for Standby.
iPhone 5 comes with extensive Camera upgrades that are SWEET!
The iSight camera technology gets deep with 8 megapixel 2364 x 2448 res. and captures pics 40% faster, Five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, Spatial noise reduction, Backside illumination, Hybrid IR filter, Precision lens alignment, Dynamic low light mode, Sapphire crystal and you can share your photos automatically with friends and family from the Camera app.
The camera has Panorama built-in, the easy to follow directions: hold your phone in-front of you, start from your left, slowly and steadily pan right. The camera app then stiches together the photos taken and you end up with a beautiful panorama photo.
The new iSight camera in-turn upgrades the video on the idevice, and is also given 1080p HD video, improved stabilization, Face detection and will take photos while recording.
There are 3 mics placed around the new phone for better audio recording and important for Siri and other apps. With an improved speaker design and five magnet transducer you get Wideband audio, this is new technology that “They’re just starting”. You can find one on the front, one on the back and the usual mic for talking on the bottom. If you are placing a call, you will notice a noise-cancelling earpiece and the call will sound natural.
Now Phil is talking about the connector. Apple has named it Lightning!
We have been hearing about this new smaller connector for about 2 months now, and people around the internet have stated they “will have to replace their already purchased accessories”.
I understand the headache.
However you look at it the connector has to evolve, the new All-digital, 8-signal design gives you an Adaptive interface. This new design comes along with improved durability and is reversible so it is easy to plug-in to the iPhone 5. You don’t have to worry if your right-side-up or not.
Apple is working on a bunch of accessories and one of them is an adapter – a 30-pin to Lightning.
Get the new iPhone 5 by pre-ordering at 12:01 a.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 14.
If you aren’t able to stay-up that late, get online and pre-order the next morning, so you don’t have to wait through the long-lines at the Apple retail stores at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.
Scott Forstal comes out to demo iOS 6, which is set to launch Sept. 19!
“We’ll start off with our new Maps app, built from the ground up”, later Google Maps.
There are some really cool features:
100 million points of interest, Info cards on businesses made with Yelp partnership, print form the app and a familiar mechanical voice giving turn-by-turn directions, Apple is licensing Tom Tom’s technology.
If you tap on the 3D buildings in satellite mode, you can fly around the scene in a virtual representation of that area. Scott demonstrates the apps ability by flying around Big Ben (in London), there’s a slight resemblance to a video game. You can change direction with a 2-finger swipe.
The Maps app also integrates Waze data, introducing real-time traffic information.
Scott was also demonstrating that you can tweet from the Maps app.
The Notification Center has been updated and Mail enhancements include VIPs, messages from everyone you want flagged as important. The flag icon is available throughout Mail.
Passbook has added a few animations when browsing coupons, like the tapping of the trash icon on a ticket you’ve used an animated shredding takes place.
And he again mentions the ease of sharing photos on the photo stream. Friends will receive push notifications when you have taken new photos and can also comment and like.
Scott now demonstrates Siri’s new features:
Siri now knows Sports, Launches apps, Recommends movies based on Rotten Tomatoes, Books restaurant tables powered by OpenTable, Now Posts to Facebook for you
Facebook has been integrated into many apps throughout iOS 6.
And the biggest asterisk needs to go to Making Facetime calls from your cellular data network.
Note: iOS 6 is supported on:
The new iPad
iPod touch (4th generation)
Phil Schiller comfortably takes the stage again, and gives props to the team “That has packed in innovation at every level of the design”.
He also runs down the iPhone detail highlights, thinnest, lightest, A6 chip, LTE, extended battery life, the smaller connector and a nano-SIM help make the reduction in size and it comes in black or white.
The headphone jack is now on the bottom.
The price break-down:
• IPhone 5
o 16GB $199
o 32GB $299
o 64GB $399
• iPhone 4S
o 16 GB $99
• iPhone 4
o 8GB FREE
This will be Apple’s largest and fastest rollout ever with 100 countries, 240 carriers by the end of the year.