iPhone 5

iPhone 5 Apple's event has just concluded. This is what was announced. Links are up on Apple's website: Promo Video
Features Highlights Features the following: * 7.6mm thin, 18% thinner * 112 grams, 20% lighter (the iPhone 4S weighed 140 grams by comparison) * Taller screen, 1136 x 640 pixels. Increased from a 3.5 inch to a 4 inch display. Room enough to fit another row of icons and have apps and movie be "wide screen" when rotated on it's side. * The screen itself has 44% more color saturation, as it is now a true sRGB screen. The touch sensor is built directly into the screen now instead of resting behind it. This means the phone was able to be more compact. * True 4G/LTE networking on Spring, AT&T and Verizon. * Faster Wifi. Dual-band 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11n in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Wifi speeds now up to 150 Mbps * New A6 CPU. 2x faster processor. 2x faster graphics. * Matched or exceeds the battery life of the iPhone 4S depending on how you use your phone. On the low end, 3G talking, or 3G/LTE web browsing can expect 8 hours of battery. On standby 225 hours. Video & wifi browsing can expect 10 hours. Music playing can go for 40 hours. * Camera is better. Still an 8 megapixel sensor with resolution up to 3264 x 2448. Backside illumination. Hybrid IR filter. Five-element lens. f/2.4 aperture. New dynamic low light mode. * With the new CPU it takes photos 40% faster. * New photo feature: Panoramic photos. Hit a single button and rotate your phone through the air. Automatically builds a panorama for you. (Looked kickass in the demo). * Video: 1080p HD, Improved video stabilization, Face detection, Take photos while recording * You can now do FaceTime over your cellular network as well (used to be Wifi only). * Audio improved: 3 microphones. Front, back & bottom. Speakers have 5 magnet transducers (old ones had 3). Earpiece now includes noise canceling on your own audio out. * Wideband audio: Fills up more frequency spectrum to make call audio sound better. * New dock connector called "Lightning". All-digital, 8 signal design. It is reversible (able to be inserted up or down). Improved durability. * They are selling an adapter that you can buy to make your old accessories work with it until you have a chance to replace them all. * iOS 6: I won't rehash the details here as they were already covered at the June WWDC event. But the iPhone 5 ships with the new iOS version too. * iOS 6 gets released to existing iPad and iPhone users to download, for free on September 19. Now for sales options & info: * Two colors, White & Black. The black is ALL black, even the edges. The white has a brushed aluminum edge. * iPhone 5 comes in 3 sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB (same as the iPhone 4S) * Three pries, $199, $299, and $399 (same as every iPhone - nothing changes year to year). * Pre-orders start September 14th (Friday) and it ships to customers on September 21st (next Friday). Customers can also line up at stores on Sept 21 as well. In addition to the iPhone announcements, Apple had a big music related announcement: New version of iTunes coming out that is deeply integrated with iCloud. Completely redesigned the interface of the application (finally!). Easier to browse your music & other content now. The new iTunes version will come out in late October. Other announcements: iPod shuffle: $49, 2GB New iPad nano: * Small iPod with a tiny color touch screen. * 5.4 mm thick. * 2.5" screen * It has Music, Video, Fitness, Podcasts, Photos and Radio as its apps. * Comes in 7 colors: Silver, Black, Purple, Green, Blue, Lime, and Red. * FM tuner integrated. * Widescreen video * Built-in pedometer for working out. * Bluetooth * Uses the new Lightning connector. * 30 hours of music playback on a single charge * $149 price, 16GB New iPod touch: * 6.1 mm thin * 88 grams * Same 4" Retina display from the iPhone 5. * Will get the A5 chip (same processor as the iPhone 4S) * 40 hours of music playback, about 8 hours of video * 5 megapixel camera, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture * Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, * 802.11 a/b/g/n * 802.11n 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz * Up to 150 Mbps * AirPlay mirroring * Gains support for Siri. * 5 colors * Support for a "loop". Attachable wristband for kids. * $299 32GB, $399 64GB (Colors) New earbuds, called "EarPods": * They made 3D scans of hundreds of ears to come up with a new design. * New noise canceling technology. * Should be more comfortable. * Better microphone

WWDC 2012: The News

WWDC 2012
Watch the video from the keynote. Well, that was exciting. Now that the WWDC Keynote has concluded, Apple has now revealed what they've been working on lately and was ready to release to consumers (or at least developers). Here is a rundown of the basics. I'm sure you can get much more detailed coverage from your normal sources:

The Hardware

MacBook Air:

  • New Ivy Bridge Intel-based CPUs up to 2Ghz, dual-core i5. Turbo boosts to 3.2Ghz
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • 60% faster graphics
  • Up to 512GB SSDs
  • USB 3.0
  • Factime Camera now 720p
  • Prices have decreased - 11" $999 & $1099, 13" $1199 & $1499

    MacBook Pros:

  • New Ivy Bridge Intel-based CPUs up to 2,7Ghz quad-core i7. Turbo boost to 3.7Ghz

  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • 60% faster graphics - GeForce GT 650M, Kepler architecture. Up to 1GB video RAM.
  • USB 3.0
  • Prices the same - 13" is $1199 & $1499, 15" is 1799 & $2199

    Next Generation MacBook Pro:

  • Ridiculously thin (.71 inches thin) - 25% thinner.

  • Retina display - 2880 x 1800, 220 ppi. 15.4 inches. (5,184,000 pixels)
  • 4.46 pounds - lightest MBP ever - lighter than a 13" MBP
  • Glare/reflection reduced by 75%
  • Battery life - up to 7 hours, 30 days of standby.
  • HDMI port
  • Up to 768GB SSD flash storage
  • Up to 16GB RAM
  • Using the new nVidia Keplet GPUs
  • Quad-core i7 Ivy Bridge Intel CPUs
  • Ports - SD Card, HDMI, two USB3, Magsafe 2, two Thunderbolt ports, headphone jack.
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • BlueTooth 4.0
  • FaceTime HD Camera
  • 802.11 N
  • Dual microphones (uses beam-forming to enable a new generation of voice applications)
  • No built-in Ethernet (see adapters below)
  • No built-in optical drive (why need it?)
  • Price is $2199 for the base model. Two new Thunderbolt Adapters:
  • Thunderbolt to FireWire 800
  • Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet

    Mountain Lion

  • Over 200 new feartures

  • Highlighted in the keynote: iCloud, Messages, Reminders, Notes, Documents in the Cloud, Dictation, Notifcation Center, Sharing Services, new Safari (synced tabs, unified address/search bar, tab view gestures, fastest javascript engine, share sheets), Power Nap (fetches email, reminders, calendar updates, photostream...in the background while asleep, Time Machine backups, auto Software Update), AirPlay, and Game Center.
  • Ships in July for $19.99
  • Developers get the Gold Master release today (Apple called it "near final" on stage).

    iOS 6

  • Lots of new Siri improvements: Sports info, Restaurants (Yelp & Open Table), now launches apps, "Eyes Free" (working with various car manufacturers to have built-in Siri integration with their cars), lots of new international languages (including local search for these countries).

  • Siri coming to the iPad
  • Facebook Integration - just like Twitter in iOS 5. Photos app, Safari, Maps, Came Center, iTunes Store, App Store (you can like apps or see what people have liked), Notifcation Center posting (Twitter also gets notification center posting), Contacts (Contacts data within Facebook will show up in Contacts app).
  • Phone app (messaging/reminders options to incoming calls).
  • Notification center: Do not disturb feature
  • FaceTime over 3G/4G
  • Unify Apple IDs with your phone #.
  • Safari: iCloud Tabs, photo uploads, smart app banners
  • Shared Photo Streams: Easy way to share photos with other people.
  • Mail: VIPs, add photos & video from compose window, pull to refresh.
  • Passbook: OS integration of movie ticket, starbucks card, plane ticket type apps. Makes it easy to find your tickets for various things within apps.
  • Accessibility: enhanced features to benefit autistic kids (kickass Apple), single app-mode (allows teachers, for instance, to lock an app preventing the home buttom from being used).
  • Maps: Local Search(Yelp integration), Traffic Service (pools data from other iOS users), Turn-by-turn navigation (routes you around traffic, can display on lock screen for mountin in a car while driving), Siri integration, Flyover (3D views).
  • Beta 1 released to developers today.

    Post-keynote Update: Mac Pros

Not that big of an update. Disappointing. No USB 3, no Thunderbolt. Mac Stories has a good rundown of new vs old.