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iPhone 5 launching on September 21 for $199

iPhone 5 launching on September 21 for $199

Wed 12 Sep 2012 5:14pm GMT / 1:14pm EDT / 10:14am PDT
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Apple takes the wraps off its worst kept secret

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At a special press event today, Apple has just announced the iPhone 5, as expected. Apple says it's made entirely of glass and aluminum. It's 7.6mm thin and is being touted as "the world's thinnest smartphone." It looks almost exactly like the leaked images, with a 4-inch Retina display. Apple promises to update all its software to work with the new widescreen display.

The screen also reportedly offers 44 percent more color saturation; it's fully sRGB. And, Apple says that with the touch sensor built into the display, "it's now the most accurate display in the industry."

From a connectivity standpoint, the new iPhone 5 does indeed offer LTE, as expected, and Apple has also included HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, for "ultrafast wireless technology."

Getting into the innards, importantly, iPhone 5 will come packed with a powerful new A6 processor, which provides a CPU and GPU that are each twice as fast.

From a gaming standpoint, this can only mean good things. EA Studios demoed Real Racing 3, and one of the new features on iPhone 5 with Game Center is time-shifted multiplayer, enabling you to race friends on the same track later (essentially asynchronous gameplay).

Apple then dived into two other important areas: battery life and camera functionality. The battery can last up to 8 hours with LTE usage, or it can provide 8 hours of 3G talk time. When using just Wi-Fi, it can offer 10 hours, while music can last for 40 hours and standby can sit around for 225 hours. As for the camera, Apple has included an 8-megapixel sensor with a five-element lens, hybrid IR filter, and a sapphire crystal lens cover, among other new features. Importantly, for avid photographers, image capture is said to be 40 percent faster with iPhone 5. There's also a cool new panorama mode for those extra wide scenes.

Naturally, the iPhone 5 is offering more in the way of video recording too. It has full 1080p recording, improved video stabilization, face detection, and users can take photos while in the middle of recording video.

Also, Facetime now has an HD 720p camera, and the mode can indeed be used over a cellular network (if you feel like gobbling up your data plan, that is). Sound has gotten a nice improvement as well, since Apple has included a front, back, and bottom microphone. Speakers have seen their magnet transducers bumped up to five from three, and the earpiece now includes noise canceling on your own audio out.

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Following the camera presentation, Apple confirmed that the phone's connector is changing, as was rumored. It's called Lightning, and it's an all-digital, 8 signal design. Yes, there will be adapters for all the peripherals using the old connector, and Apple said it's working with accessory makers to now integrate Lightning into all their upcoming products.

Of course, one of the more exciting developments with the new iPhone is the introduction of iOS 6. In a move sure to please developers, Apple said iOS 6 will support phones back to the iPhone 3GS. Apple demoed its new Maps app, which replaces the previous Google Maps, and the company also talked about iCloud tabs, VIPs in Mail, and shared PhotoStreams. As for Siri, which certainly had some kinks on the iPhone 4S, Apple is now integrating the voice recognition service with apps like OpenTable, Facebook and more.

So how much will it cost? $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for a 32GB iPhone 5, and $399 for a 64GB edition, all with a service contract. Apple is also now making the iPhone 4 free with contracts, while the iPhone 4S is being lowered to just $99. Pre-orders will start on Friday and the launch is officially planned for September 21. Apple is boasting that it'll be the "fastest rollout ever" with 100 countries and 240 carriers by end of the year.

Apple also announced a new version of the iPod Touch, which shares many of the same new features as the iPhone 5, including the taller display and Lightning connector. The new iPod Touch will also feature an A5 processor, a 720p front-facing camera, and will be available in five different colors.

We'll have reaction and more to the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 announcements soon.

22 Comments

Hugo Dubs

164 24 0.1
At the moment, this is just an upgraded 4S, nothing special about this phone.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

1,199 317 0.3
OK, pedantry time. It's called the iPhone 5, but is the 6th iPhone. You could call the 4S a half step, but then the 3GS by the same naming convention is a half step, so this would be the fourth iteration. Am I the only anally retentive nutjob that this bothers?

Posted:A year ago

#2

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,209 2,048 0.9
OK, pedantry time. It's called the iPhone 5, but is the 6th iPhone. You could call the 4S a half step, but then the 3GS by the same naming convention is a half step, so this would be the fourth iteration. Am I the only anally retentive nutjob that this bothers?
Nope. Windows 7 and 8 anyone?

Posted:A year ago

#3

Hugo Dubs

164 24 0.1
upgrades are not new product. Ever heard of 1.0 - 1.1 - 1.2 versions?
4S is a 1.1 version of an iPhone 4, as the 3GS was a 1.1 versions of the 3G.

Calling the new iPhone "iPhone 5" means they think there is an evolution between the 4 versions and the new one.
But in fact there is nothing new except for the maps application.

Posted:A year ago

#4

James Brightman
Editor in Chief

193 176 0.9
Well, the A6 processor sounds like a nice step up but I'm curious to see what the real impact is. We'll be talking to developers about it.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Patrick Frost
QA Project Monitor

380 170 0.4
I'm with Hugo. Booooooring.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Hugo Dubs

164 24 0.1
the A6 processor sounds like a nice step
Improving performances is always good, but will the end consumers perceive any change? I don't think so.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

1,199 317 0.3
upgrades are not new product. Ever heard of 1.0 - 1.1 - 1.2 versions?
4S is a 1.1 version of an iPhone 4, as the 3GS was a 1.1 versions of the 3G.

Calling the new iPhone "iPhone 5" means they think there is an evolution between the 4 versions and the new one.
That's my point, the 3G was the second one, so if you take the S versions as a .1, the 3GS was 2.1, not 3.1, so the 4 wasn't 4 at all.
But then it's probably a non-issue to most people who aren't me.

On a more significant note, has the conference finished, and if so, I take it the rumours of an iPad mini came to nothing?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew Goodchild on 12th September 2012 8:00pm

Posted:A year ago

#8

Daniel Hughes
Studying PhD Literary Modernism

410 455 1.1
... That's it? No iPad mini? No iPad of any kind? Nothing eye-catching or revolutionary? Not that a lack of genuinely new product will slow Apple down, mind. I suppose they've done all they had to do.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Preet D Bass
student

93 13 0.1
If Apple spent less time in the court room then in the design room, then I think they would have a more competitive product. Looks like my next phone is Android. Looks like Apple really need Jobs more than they thought to get the innovative Job done.

Posted:A year ago

#10

James Brightman
Editor in Chief

193 176 0.9
Actually guys, the iPad mini has been rumored to be in a separate event held in October, so we'll see if that happens.

Posted:A year ago

#11

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

223 170 0.8
The only thing I found interesting was the EarPod. I might actually buy one for my Hatsune Miku Vita.

Posted:A year ago

#12

Sam Brown
Programmer

237 163 0.7
This just in: Apple to sue themselves over alleged similarities between the iPhone5 and every other phone they've ever made.

Posted:A year ago

#13
I prefer the design of the iPhone 4 and I would have preferred a wider screen rather than a taller one. They should have just brought out a range of different screen sizes and made everyone happy.

Posted:A year ago

#14

Stephen Richards
Game Deisgner

67 28 0.4
I can't help but feel "meh" will be the overall reaction to this unveiling. Nothing particularly surprising or unusual as far as I can see - just another chance for current iphone owners to show they have more money than sense. Compare it to the Galaxy S3 and it appears Apple have let Samsung continue its reign as the top-tier smartphone maker.

Posted:A year ago

#15

Robin Clarke
Producer

275 600 2.2
It's twice as fast* as the 4S and doesn't have that much bigger a screen to drive, so I think the difference probably will be perceptible.

Electronic tickets and a better camera aren't terribly exciting features though.

*by Apple maths

Posted:A year ago

#16

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

962 1,160 1.2
@ Robin I love the math given by hardware manufacturers when they talk about power. "Twice as fast." "Ten times more powerful." "God will quake in his boots." If any of these statements were ever true we'd already be playing Crysis 3 on handheld devices lol.

More on topic, easily their most disappointing announcement yet. Same sub-HD resolution on the screen too, unlike top-end Android phones. So you can buy this 4" 640p phone for the same price as a 4.8" 720p Galaxy S3 which, btw, has HDMI out as well, so you can actually make use of that high quality video for HDTVs.

I guess I just don't "get it." I'm sure this excites some people, but this product seems grossly inferior to the standards I hold modern phones to.

Posted:A year ago

#17
For per existing iPhone users, I seriously doubt this is enough to provide any incentive or interest in the upgrade.

It feels overall lacking a certain pulse of lightning to capture the popular imagination vs say a new Samsung rollout. It's almost as interesting as a new blackberry rollout ( as heretical as that sounds) - I guess as a iPhone user, I think iPhone 5 lacks aspiration Please reanimate Steve jobs pls

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dr. Chee Ming Wong on 13th September 2012 3:40am

Posted:A year ago

#18
What others have said, unfortunately. I really don't see what's so special about this one. And photo capture is 40% faster than on the 4s. The Samsung s3 was already blowing the 4s away in that department - it'll blow the 5 away, just not quite as far.

A new dock connector, great. but it's still proprietary.

Good luck to those buying it, and good luck to Apple because they've really spurred other companies on to great things as well as accomplishing great things themselves. But this is the first iPhone I've not been tempted by.

Posted:A year ago

#19

John Bye
Senior Game Designer

477 434 0.9
The headline's rather misleading, as that price is with an (unspecified) contract. Got a nasty shock when I looked at the UK Apple Store and saw they're charging 529 for the entry level model without a contract. I paid significantly less than that for a new laptop recently.

Posted:A year ago

#20

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,203 816 0.7
Better wait for iPhone 6, so I can get the iPhone 5 for 99$

Posted:A year ago

#21

Spencer Franklin
Concept Artist

90 120 1.3
@Rick Lopez
Winning, lol

Posted:A year ago

#22

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