Apple iPhone 5 Media Event Liveblog

By | 4 years ago 

Apple has brought together the media to see their latest iPhone (as well as new iPod Touch and iPod Nano models). We’ll write-up a thorough summary of the event – once the presentation is over.

In the mean time, we’ll be updating the page regularly, so keep refreshing for new details. The presentation will start at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST.

Now that the dust has settled, check out our feature list of iPhone 5 details and tech specs.

Until then, check out all the iPhone 5 rumors and news we’ve covered leading up to today’s announcement:

Here’s a list of the notable Apple announcements as they occur:

  • CEO Tim Cook is providing updates on Apple retail stores – plus Mac and iPad sales figures.

iPhone 5 Screen

iPhone 5:

  • “It is the Phone that’s changed phones forever.”
  • iPhone 5 name confirmed.
  • Made of glass and aluminum (leaked images were accurate).
  • 7.6mm thick, 18% thinner. World’s thinnest smartphone. 20% lighter than the 4S.
  • 326ppi Retina display. Taller screen. 4-inch display. 1136 x 640 resolution.
  • Designed to “fit beautifully in your hand.”
  • iWork, Garageband, etc have all been updated to take advantage of the taller screen – older apps run in letterbox.
  • “Ultrafast Wireless” – added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE.
  • LTE support in US: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.
  • LTE supported outside of the US as well.
  • 802.11a/b/g/n, dual-channel, up to 150Mbps.
  • A6 Chip = 2X faster CPU and 2x faster graphics.
  • Rob Murray from EA demoing ‘Real Racing 3’ – available later this year.
  • Battery life: 8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time and browsing. 10 hours on WiFi.
  • Camera: 8 megapixel, 3,264 x 2,448 backside-illuminated sensor, f/2.4 aperture. Sapphire lens crystal cover and dynamic low light mode. 40% faster image capture.
  • Panorama images confirmed – combined 28 megapixel image.
  • Video: Read camera is 1080p. Better video stabilization. Facial recognition. Front facing is 720p, backside illuminated.
  • As previously announced, FaceTime calls over 3G.
  • Audio system: 3 microphones: improved voice recognition and noise cancellation.
  • Wideband Audio: 5-magnet transducer in speaker.
  • New Dock Connector: Lighting. 80% smaller. Adaptors for older devices.
  • Two colors: White or Black front – with silver aluminum or black anodized backing, respectively.
  • Pricing: $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB.
  • Pre-orders on Friday the 14th.
  • Shipping on September 21st in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

iOS6:

  • Maps: Rehashing the new features from the WWDC presentation: Flyover, points of interest, Siri directions, etc.
  • Safari: iCloud tabs (share open tabs on desktops with your phone).
  • Mail: Mark certain contacts as VIP.
  • Passbook: Airport boarding passes, retail coupons, movie tickets, etc.
  • Shared photo streams with push notifications.
  • Siri Improvements: Launch apps, movie information, sports scores, post Facebook updates.
  • Media store apps have been redesigned for easier browsing.
  • “The most advanced operating system in any mobile device.”
  • iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod Touch compatible with iOS 6.
  • Available September 19th.
iTunes:
  • “Dramatically simpler.” iCloud built in.
  • Album grid layout. Click on an album and it expands to show tracks.
  • Easier playlist creation (drag a song and iTunes automatically opens available playlists for dropping).
  • Cleaner mini-player.
  • iCloud integration allows position syncing between mobile devices and Macs (pick up where your home movie left off when on the go).
  • Available as a free download in late October.

7th Generation iPod Nano

iPod Nano:

  • 5.4mm. 38% thinner than the last Nano.
  • Large 2.5-inch multi-touch display.
  • Home button.
  • Lighting dock connector.
  • Seven colors: aluminum, black, purple, green, blue, yellow, and red.
  • FM tuner with DVR functionality, fitness pedometer. No app support.
  • Bluetooth included – enabling music streaming.
  • Battery life: 30 hours of playback.
  • Pricing: 16GB for $149.
  • Available in October.

5th Generation iPod Touch

iPod Touch:

  • 6.1mm thick, 88 grams.
  • 4 inch “iPhone 5” display.
  • Lighting dock connector.
  • Updated with A5 processor.
  • Most popular video game player: 150 million players in Game Center.
  • Demoing “Clumsy Ninja.” Available this holiday season.
  • Battery life: 40 hours of music playback. 8 hours of video.
  • Camera: 5 megapixel. Backside illuminated, f/2.4, 5 element lens. Sapphire crystal lens cover.
  • Panorama feature.
  • iPod Touch Loop: Allows users to put a wrist strap on the device.
  • Video: 720p front facing, 1080p rear camera.
  • Siri support.
  • Five colors: raw aluminum, black, blue, yellow, and red.
  • Pricing: 32GB for $299 or 64GB for $399
  • Available in October.

Apple EarPods

EarPods:

  • Focused speaker port that is directed into the inner ear canal.
  • Defined by the geometry of the user’s ear – but doesn’t create a seal.
  • Three ports maximize airflow for improved sound quality.


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