Tuesday was The day when Apple had the chance to prove that the company indeed has a future after Steve Jobs’ “Return To Forever”.
It seems Steve taught the team well because rather than just throw up a prettier device they chose to dig in and renew, refresh and improve their new flagship device in the wake of the major legal victory against Samsung and strong competition with their Galaxy SIII.
Apple chose the course of making things better rather than just different or simply prettier. In fact there was very little chance in the appearance except to make it both thinner and lighter.
Some rumors proved true for instance that the new iPhone would have a taller (not wider) display screen. The real magic is found under the iPhone 5′s hood. A new A6 processor powers a device that promises improved performance and iOS 6 will bring many additional features.
Although there was no real “killer” feature what Apple offered was more of an overall refinement and re-working, as well as offering serious performance boosts across the board. They also took the opportunity to refresh their popular iPod Nano and iPod Touch devices.
I am busy reviewing my notes from the event and will certainly post a brief summary of the news and announcements by this evening to include my general opinions of all that we learned today.
Apple’s new iPhone is finally launched and thus is official, we now can put all that speculation to rest as Apple spilled the secrets
(it is officially the iPhone 5 but is the 6th iPhone model.
Over this past year there has been zillions of rumors, false leaks, and wild-ass guesses what the iPhone 5 would look like, do, contain or cost. Now we know! As does Apple’s closest competition and everyone else that has half an opinion or blog.
So far the verdict of this world-wide virtual jury is a bit mixed but mostly positive. Of course shills and lackies for Apple’s competitors are seeding loud detractions claiming the new iPhone is “underwhelming” and not worth upgrading or switching to. Some are even planting negative opinions in posts and forums throughout every corner of the web.
- Newly designed EarPods
- A6 chip ( two times faster)
- The new taller retina dislay screen looks juicy
- it is 18 percent thinner and 20% lighter
- Dsplay is less prone to glare
- Metal back replaces glass
- Networks: 4G LTE, GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA
- Improved camera and battery
- An additional microphone (totalling 3)
- Improved speaker with five magnets
- New “Wideband” audio
- Smaller “Lightning” dock connector
- iOS 6 onboard with improved iTunes UI
- New features: Panorama feature
- Updated 8-megapixel camera
- New FaceTime HD camera for capturing 1.2 MP stills
- New Maps app
- Siri upgrade and improved
The new iPhone doesn’t look so very different just better, speaking to the fact that Apple really likes the current look and thought that perfecting that would work for most users. They are quite right. The new metal back, taller screen and thinner profile do make a difference from the iPhone 4 and 4S. But I am glad they didn’t change the looks just for the sake of change,
Good job team!
iPhone 5 comes in white-and-silver or black-and-slate,
On a 2-year contract in the US the 16 GB model starts at $199, $299 gets you the 32 GB model, and $399 for 64 GB.
If you have been one of the many on the fence trying to decide between a Samsung Android whatever and Apple iPhone 5 now you have all the info you need to make an informed decision. I will wait for the opinion of experieced folks that have actually used both and can honestly, fairly and critically determine exactly which device is really tops.
Samsung couldn’t wait to launch in with anti-oPhone ads. They are paying for an anti-iPhone ad ad that misleadingly compares the two phones.