Alongside the unveiling of the new iPhone 5, Apple (AAPL) it was assumed that the final “Gold Master” version of its iOS 6 software would be made available for download on Wednesday. Moments ago, the iOS 6 GM files went live on Apple’s developer site. The Gold Master build of iOS 6 is effectively identical to the version that will be released to consumers, and is available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (third generation), iPad 2 and fourth-generation iPod touch. The consumer-ready version of iOS 6 will become available to users on September 19th.
Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 event is finally behind us, and the company’s next-generation smartphone is probably just over a week away from becoming the fastest-selling iPhone yet. Now that the new iPhone is official, the phone’s key specs are confirmed: it will feature a 4-inch display, a new processor and a fresh new design that is just 7.6 millimeters thick. Considering all the rumors, leaks, photos and videos that led up to Wednesday announcement, the iPhone 5 really wasn’t much of a surprise at all. As is typical of Apple, however, the company did manage to pitch a few curveballs during its press conference, and here are all the biggest surprises. More →
Apple (AAPL) still isn’t done yet! While winding up its fall press event, the company also showed off its new EarPods, the newest generation of Apple headphones. Apple said that the new headphones were designed for the “geometry of your ear” but added that they “don’t create a seal the way other in-ear headphones do.” The headphones feature three different ports — one on the inside leading directly to the ear, one on the outside and one on the stem — that Apple says have been designed to maximize sound quality. The EarPods will be included with the new iPod touch, the new iPod nano and with the new iPhone 5 and users can buy them standalone immediately.
Apple (AAPL) continues to throw out the punches at its press event in California. The Cupertino-based company on Wednesday unveiled the newest addition to its iPod family — a redesigned iPod touch. The device is super thin, coming in at 6.1mm, and weighs only 88 grams. It is equipped with a dual-core A5 processor, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and features a 4-inch Retina display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. On the back of the device resides a 5-megapixel 1080p iSight camera with a f/2.4 aperture, a sapphire crystal lens and an LED flash. Apple has also included support for Siri, Bluetooth 4.0, AirPlay mirroring, and a Wii-like bracelet, called “Loop,” for easy holding. The newest iPod touch will be available in a variety of colors — red, blue, yellow, white and black — in October in 32GB and 64GB variations for $299 and $399, respectively. Apple also announced that it will keep its fourth-generation touch on the market with a starting price of $199 for the 16GB model.
The torrent of Apple (AAPL) news just won’t stop. As expected, the Cupertino-based company just unveiled a redesigned iPod nano. The iPod nano has ditched its clip-on design for an razor thin 5.4 millimeter elongated design with a 2.5 inch multitouch display and home button. It’s 38% thinner than the previous iPod nano and will come in seven colors. Even with its thin design, Apple still managed to squeeze in an FM radio, new Lightning connector, Bluetooth, pedometer and 30 hours of battery life for music playback — the longest battery life Apple’s ever had in a nano. Video also makes a return on the iPod nano now that it has regained its widescreen. The new iPod nano will be available in October in only one capacity: 16GB for $149.
Not to be overlooked in the hype surrounding the iPhone 5 was Apple’s (AAPL) revamping of its classic iTunes music software to feature full integration with its iCloud data storage service. Among other things, the new iTunes has added a “play next” feature that lets users queue up any song as next on their playlist without dragging and dropping, as well as a revamped mini-player that now comes equipped with built-in search functionality to make it less intrusive than previous versions. The new iTunes will be available for download in October.
Following its announcement of the iPhone 5, Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday announced the availability of iOS 6. The Cupertino-based company’s latest mobile operating system will be available for download on September 19th for owners of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and the new iPad. Apple announced iOS 6 at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the operating system includes more than 200 new features such as 3D maps, Passbook and an improved Siri voice assistant.
Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday announced during its press conference in San Francisco, California that the next-generation iPhone 5 will become available starting Friday, September 21st, and preorder availability begins on September 14th. The handset will start at $199 with 16GB of memory, and it will be available in both black and white. The 32GB version of the iPhone 5 will retail for $299, and the 64GB model will cost $399. Pricing aligns with Apple’s previous-generation iPhone 4S, and all prices require a new two-year contract. The iPhone 5 will be available from Verizon Wireless (VZ), AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) in the U.S. Apple also confirmed that the iPhone 3GS will no longer be sold following the launch of the iPhone 5; the iPhone 4S will be $99 on contract and the iPhone 4 will be free. iOS 6, the latest version of Apple’s mobile platform, will become available on September 19th for current iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. Apple’s full press release follows below. More →
No surprise, here. Apple (AAPL) re-introduced features for iOS 6 at its iPhone 5 event in San Francisco. Notable features include full-screen mode for Safari to take advantage of the iPhone 5‘s wider 4-inch display, turn-by-turn navigation for its home-grown Maps app, Passbook and a smarter Siri. More →
Apple (AAPL) followed up its big iPhone 5 announcement Wednesday by unveiling Lightning, its new all-digital, eight-signal dock connector cable that is 80% smaller than all previous versions. Apple said during its presentation that it was creating several new accessories to help users link up Lightning with older accessories that still feature the larger docks. The company also said that Bose, JBL, B&W and Bang & Olufsen were already working on new sound systems that incorporated the smaller dock connector port. Apple is selling adapters for the new dock connector on its website for $29 each.
Just moments ago Apple (AAPL) finally announced the company’s new iPhone, the iPhone 5. It’s just as had been rumored. Apple VP of Marketing Phil Schiller introduced the device and told the world that it again sets the bar for a smartphone. It’s 18% thinner than the iPhone 4/4S at 7.6mm thin, and Apple is claiming it is the world’s thinnest smartphone. It is also 20% lighter than the previous model, and is made out of all aluminum and glass. Since the display is taller with a 1136 x 640 resolution, there’s an extra row of icons and the pixels per inch are 326. Since the display is a different size as the previous phones, all of Apple’s apps are updated to support the larger resolution, and apps that aren’t yet updated will simply run at normal resolution with small black bars surrounding them.
The iPhone 5 supports almost every cellular and Wi-Fi band known to man with GSM/GPRS/EDGE/CDMA/EV-DO/HSPA/LTE and Wi-FI a,b,g,n with dual-band. It also features a new Apple A6 processor that’s twice as fast as before, and offers twice the graphics performance with 22% less physical footprint. What about battery life? The iPhone 5 will offer better battery performance than the iPhone 4S. 8 megapixel camera with improved low light, color processing and lens, and, panorama mode. It will be available starting at $199 starting September 21st in the U.S. and 7 other countries.
The press conference the world has been anticipating for months finally kicked off on Wednesday, and Apple (AAPL) didn’t waste any time getting the show on the road. Tim Cook took the stage at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco and started with some numbers. After announcing that OS X Mountain Lion has been purchased more than 7 million times to date, the Apple chief noted that his company has sold more than 84 million iPad tablets and more than 400 million total iOS devices to date. Cook also noted that Apple is responsible for 68% of all tablets shipped in 2011 and 91% of all Web traffic from tablets, suggesting that sell-through among Apple’s competitors has not been anything close to what Apple has seen with its iPad. Cook went on to confirm that there are now more than 250,000 apps tailored to the iPad in the iOS App Store, and iPad users download more than 100 apps each on average.
Here it comes, ladies and gentlemen — Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone 5 is just a few hours away from becoming a reality. Apple is gearing up for what will be the biggest consumer electronics launch of all time by all accounts, and the iPhone 5 will be Apple’s most successful iPhone yet at the very least. Months worth of rumors, parts leaks, photos and videos point to a 4-inch display, 4G LTE, twice the RAM and a brand new thinner design, but Apple could certainly have a few surprises in store — like a brand new A6 processor, perhaps.
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Apple’s press conference kicks off at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT and on top of the iPhone we’ll likely see some new iPods as well as the final feature-complete version of the company’s iOS 6 software. Apple might not have invented anything, but this latest recipe is shaping up to be its most impressive to date.
UPDATE: It looks like photos of the final version of Apple’s iPhone 5 may have leaked just ahead of today’s announcement.