Apple Announces iPhone 5 and Other Updated Items

Apple’s Sept 12th event really wasn’t much of a surprise.  They announced the iPhone 5, which many bloggers and pundits thought would be called the iPhone 5, including yours truly.  The screen, as predicted, is a mere .5″ bigger, carrying the display to an actual 16:9 aspect ratio.  The pr0cessor is the A6 chip and the phone supports LTE.  The battery life is just a bit better than that of the iPhone 4S.  There are some updated parts of Siri, which have more app centric ties.

The phone can be preordered on the 14th with a ship date of the 21st.

Apple also announced a refresh to the iPod Touch and the Nano.  The pricing structure, however, is a bit confusing – at least to me.  The iPod Touch 4th gen is still available, with the 16GB coming in at $199.  However, the iPod Touch 5th generation is only available in 32GB and 64GB models and the price point is $299 and $399 respectively.  If I was in the market for such a device and I somewhat needed a phone as well, the iPod Touch wouldn’t even be worth a mention.  However, if I didn’t need the phone, it might be, but I think the price points a bit off.  $299 for a 32GB iPod Touch?  No thanks.

The event also covered some of the aspects of the upcoming iOS 6, which will be on the iPhone 5 and the 5th generation iPod Touch.  Most of what they covered was the same as was covered at the WWDC2012 back in the spring.

iTunes will be getting an update for the Windows and Mac platforms, but it won’t be available until October.

All in all, the event was somewhat of a sleeper, as much of the information that had already been leaked was spot on.

Is this the new Apple?  One that really doesn’t care that much about leaks any longer?

Here’s a short synopsis of what was announced today (source:  Cult of Mac):

iPhone 5 information

  • New4-inch 326ppi Retina display, with 1136×640 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Same width, but slightly taller
  • A6 CPU is 2x faster than iPhone 4S A5 CPU
  • New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
  • LTE, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA cellular data and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi
  • Battery life has been improved to 3 hours of 3G/LTE talk time
  • Camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixel sensor, with hybrid IR filter, five element lens, and f/2.4 aperture
  • Panorama feature can create 28megapixel photos
  • Screen has 44% more color saturation and improved integrated touch sensors
  • Three new microphones on the iPhone 5 and Enhanced Audio
  • It’s 7.6mm thin which is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S
  • At 112 grams it’s also 20% lighter than iPhone 4S
  • Comes in black and white at 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
  • Price is $199, $299, and $399 with a two year contract
  • Pre-orders start September 14th, and ship on September 21st

The new Lightning Connector (replaces the old dock connector on the iPhone 5 and 5th gen iPod Touch):

  • New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
  • 80% smaller than the old iPod cables
  • Improved durability
  • An adapter will be available so you can still use old accessories with the iPhone 5

New iPods:

  • iPod Nano has been redesigned with a 2.5inch display
  • iPod Nano now has Bluetooth, Lightning port, widescreen video, and longer battery life
  • Lightning port and FM Tuner integrated to iPod Nano and it comes in 7 different colors
  • New iPod Touch now comes with same 4inch display as the iPhone 5, an A5 processor, and Lightning port.
  • iPod Touch battery life last 40 hours, and it’s got the same iPhone 5 iSight camera, and is only 6.1mm thin
  • There’s a new iPod Touch Loop accessory so you can wrap it around your wrist and not drop it
  • Siri and AirPlay mirroring comes to the iPod Touch now, along with improvements for wireless across the board
  • Siri is now available on the iPod Touch
  • 2GB iPod Shuffle, $79, 16GB iPod Nano, $149, and new 32GB iPod Touch, $299, available in October

New Earpods:

  • Apple spent 3-years designing new headphones they’re calling EarPods
  • The EarPods are supposed to fit almost everyone’s ear and direct sound into the eardrum
  • They have the same inline mic and volume control point
  • They will be included with iPhone 5, iPod Touch and iPod and are available now.

For the full list, check out Cult of Mac.

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