Apple packed a lot of news into its iPhone 5 launch event. Yes, the iPhone 5 was the heart of the show, but Apple watchers are probably interested in all the details. Seemingly small announcements, such as the iPhone 5’s new dock connector, will impact users and the iPhone ecosystem in big ways.
The iPhone 5 wasn’t the only new piece of hardware Apple introduced yesterday. The company unveiled a whole new range of iPods, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Apple also spent quite a bit of time showing off iOS 6, though we already saw many of the highlights back in June at WWDC.
Here’s a rundown of all the Apple news from the big iPhone 5 event:
The iPhone 5 is the newest smartphone available from Apple. Some of the major features include 4G LTE, a thinner and lighter design, plus an all new cable design. Read more about the new iPhone in the post above.
The iPhone 5 is also improved with its wifi capabilities. The new internal antenna features 2.4ghz and 5ghz 802.11n and up to 150mbps speeds.
The new iPhone 5 will be available from the following carriers in the US; Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. There are also listed carriers of the new device for Global users.
The new iPhone has a new dock connector called Lightning. This new connector is smaller than the traditional 30 pin dock connector and with an adapter will work with older cables.
With the announcement of a new iPhone also comes new software. iOS 6 will be available to consumers on September 19th.
With a new iPhone in the family Apple has officially dropped support for the 3GS. Also other prices on the iPhone 4 and 4S have been reduced.
The iPhone 5 will keep the same price as it has in the past. For the 16Gb model the price is $199, 32Gb is $299, and 64Gb model costs $399.
After the big announcement here are some thoughts from Warner Crocker about the new device and the overall feeling from users.
With the addition of 4G LTE in the iPhone 5 Apple has also included a higher capacity battery. Generally, 4G quickly drains phones’ batteries, but Apple boasts that the iPhone 5 battery will outlast the one found in the iPhone 4S.
The new iPod Touch was announced in the Apple keynote today along with many other products. This iPod Touch will feature a 4″ multi-touch display, updated A5 processor and a 5MP camera.
Apple has also included a new set of earbuds called “EarPods.” EarPods are designed to direct the sound directly into users’ ears and cost $29.
Many of the specifications found in the new iPhone camera are similar that of the 4S. One change that will be nice is the ability to simultaneously shoot photos while recording video.
Apple claims to now have the thinnest smartphone in the market but is that actually true. Huawei just announced a new android based phone that is thinner than the new iPhone 5.
With iOS 6 Apple has included a new application called Maps. This new app is completely built from Apple and performs much better than the likes of Google Maps in iOS 5.
In the slides of the Apple keynote there were some misleading facts concerning how fast an LTE or Wifi connection really could be. It is important to note that the facts on these slides are theoretical and do not directly translate to real world stats.
Siri the popular voice assistant available on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 is now able to be used on the new iPod Touch.
With all of the great things about the iPhone 5 some of the greatest are the display, 4G LTE, plus several others.
Whether it be from the rumor mill or maybe even the same type of presentation the announcement today lacked excitement from Apple.
Due to the three separate models of the iPhone 5 it is key to be sure of your carrier before you make the final purchasing decision.
From NFC to more advanced wireless charging the iPhone 5 did enough to impress but it could of done much more.
With the largest 4G LTE network it looks like Verizon may be the clear choice for iPhone 5 buyers.
The iPhone is normally sold with a contract but under these prices consumers can buy an unlocked iPhone.
The GM release of iOS 6 has come out before the expected September 19th release date which allows developers and some consumers to start using the new iOS sooner.
Consumers may realize that the cost of buying an iPhone off contract seems higher than before which may influence them to hold off their purchase.
The iTunes update seems little more than an update to how things look compared to be a refresh of features.
The iPhone 5 may sound like a great phone from all of our posts about it but these videos make it look even better.
To check if your iPhone is ready for an upgrade follow the steps in the link above.
These new cases from Otterbox are some of the first cases that are available for the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 preorder times start at 12:00AM PST and 3:00AM EST.
iPhone 5 Lightning to Dock connector adapters start at just $29.
AT&T is allowing customers who have a grandfathered Unlimited data plan to keep it with their new iPhone 5.
With a higher megapixel camera here are some sample images from the new iPhone 5.
If you are an AT&T customer and decide to check if you are up for a new phone be careful of this bug that is currently in their system.
Besides the cost of the phone itself the iPhone 5 will be even costlier than prior iPhones due to more expensive data charges.
The iPhone 5 will be going to C-spire wireless on September 28th.
The full Apple keynote is now available to watch from the link posted above.
Unlimited data plans may seem like the best companion to the new Verizon iPhone 5 but in reality the high cost is not worth it.
Since each iPhone model is made specially for each carrier it is important to choose the right carrier for you before buying the iPhone 5.