The new Apple smartphone is taller, slimmer, lighter and faster.
Apple revealed the much awaited iPhone 5 at its September 12 event on Wednesday. In a surprise move, Apple announced that the iPhone 5 will come with the same price tags as iPhone 4S, that is $199 $299 and $399. The new iPhone line-up will now include iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. Apple has phased out the smartphone’s older model iPhone 3GS.
It has some notable and significant features but are they groundbreaking?
Surf at high speed with LTE
4 inch retina display
Better app management
Improved battery life
7.6mm thin … 18% thinner
Light 112gms … 20% lighter
Volume … 12% less
New A6 chip quad-core Cortex A6 processor
8 megapixel camera
screen has 1136 x 640 screen resolution, with a 16:9 aspect ratio
Apple has created “a completely new iTunes”. As for the iPhone 5, it’s “the thinnest, lightest and best iPhone we have ever shipped, powered by iOS 6, now with 200 new features for you to discover and explore”.
“Just two questions left: how much do I have to spend?”
The same prices as for the 4S last year:
$199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), $399 (64GB).
“When can i get my hands on one?
You can pre-order on September 14, ship just one week later – September 21 – in US, UK, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, and then a week later in 20 more countries, and by the end of this year in more than 100 countries. It’s the fastest rollout ever.”
4G/LTE gives you a theoretical maximum downlink of 100megabits per second. Single chip, single radio, dynamic antenna – the latter from the iPhone 4S, switching between two virtual antennas for signal reception.”
“LTE is the most complicated networking technology ever brought to this earth.” Who with? Sprint, Verizon and AT&T in the US; Asia, Softbank, KDDI, Smartone; Australia, Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile; in Europe Deutsche Telekom and – hurrah! – EvEv in the UK.
“Made entirely of glass and aluminium, unlike anything we or anyone in our industry has made before. Hardware and software engineering is the most challenging our team has ever taken on.”
First: “the thinnest and lightest phone we’ve ever made, 7.6mm thin, 112g so 20% lighter, smaller volume. “This is the monumental challenge.. have everything the iPhone 4S has even before new features. It’s really easy to make a product that’s bigger, everyone does that.”
OK, now let’s kill the connector. “So many things we used to do over the wire we now do wirelessly. We use Bluetooth … Wi-Fi for our stereo … iTunes … it’s time for the connector to evolve.”
able to sync via a computer at faster speeds than the current 30-pin connector
The iOS6 browser tabs know what you have open on Safari back on your Mac, so all your browsing is in sync.
Wednesday, Apple’s website suggest the update will revamp Siri, FaceTime and Safari, among other services.
Cue the music
Eddy Cue, the head of music. “iTunes Store has 26m songs, you have purchased over 20bn songs since we launched it 9 years ago.” My credit card knows it.
iTunes Store is in 63 countries around the world. “With that we now have 435m iTunes accounts with one-click purchasing and they can easily shop from anywhere … but over the past few years there’s been an amazing trend: two-thirds directly to iOS.”
Black and white.
As for the camera
There’ll be an A6 chip used to process images, and a “smart filter” which looks at the image and figures out where areas should be coloured (sky) or textured. “Faster photo capture, now 40% faster”.
Photos while recording
The back camera takes 1080 pixel images, and can take photos while recording video. The front does the same but at 720p.
The presentation shows 28 megapixel stitching.
Apple says, the iPhone 5 will achieve:
• 225 hours standby
• 40 hours music playback
• 10 hours LTE use
• 10 hours video
• 8 hours 3G
• 8 hours Wi-Fi