Today was Apple’s big press conference release day. Sadly, it has lost some of its glamour since the passing of Steve Jobs. But it can also be argued that the design-improvement steps are smaller these days, and this greatly decreases the WOW-factor.
First of all… no iPad mini (for now). As the days got closer to this release, more and more rumors were shifting the announcement date for the mini to October.
So today the talk was all about the improvement for the new iPhone (iPhone 5), the Nano, the iPod Touch, the new connector, earbuds and a new iTunes.
Apple tells us that the new iPhone is thinner, faster, and 20% lighter than the 4S. It comes with a new connector called “lightning” (which indicates that they are telling us it is lightning fast). Larger retinal display. It has a better battery life than the previous models, claiming 8 hours browsing time (with LTE), 8 hours of talk time, 10 hours of video time. The camera has been improved, including a new panorama mode, low light photographs, video improvements and the ability to take still photos while shooting videos.
Passbook on the iPhone 5 will allow you to store movie tickets, your Starbucks card, and Boarding Passes on your phone. (Reports from several airlines over the last few weeks said that the airlines were preparing for this.)
The iPhone 5 will be available in black or white. 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299 or 64GB $399. This drops the price of the 8GB model of the iPhone 4 to FREE on a contract plan, and the 4S 16GB for $99 on contract.
Preorders for the iPhone 5 will begin on Friday, September 14, and it will be available to buy in-store on September 21. This first release will include the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. A second and third release will follow shortly with the plan of covering over 100 countries by December.
The new dock connector is more durable, reversible, and smaller. Apple has had the same connector since 2003, so we can’t really argue about the change, even though it will mean that some speakers, etc, will not work with the new connector. All the companies that make such products are busy now, producing ones that will work.
App Store and iTunes
The App Store and iTunes have both been visually redesigned for the new OS6 which will be released on Sept 19, with browsing and searching made easier than ever before.
Over 200 new features are promised on OS6.
This will be released on September 19 and will be available for:
the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2, and the iPod Touch 4th generation.
With all these new features….. well, I see lots of “how to” blog posts in my future!
In addition to an improved processor, and improved camera, the iPod Touch will now be available in five colors: black, white, blue, yellow and reddish.
This is the 7th generation for this device. It remains VERY popular. It now comes in 7 colors: gray, black, purple, green, blue, yellow, pink and a special product color red (portions of the proceeds from this color goes to help fight AIDS in Africa through the Global Fund.
It’s a little bit larger than the old model, with a 2 1/2 inch screen, a touch screen and buttons on the sides. It’s really thin, 5.4mm, has an FM tuner, video playback, long battery life, bluetooth and 16GB of storage. It costs $149. Did I mention it is also a pedometer? Cool!
I’m not feeling the lust I felt for a new Apple product back a few years ago. Oh, my, when the first iPod Touch rolled out, I was counting down the days! But in all fairness, the iPhone is, well, already quite awesome, and it’s hard to add “WOW” on top of ‘awesome’.
I am looking forward to OS6 and exploring all the new features.
But I’m thinking that for those people who are just entering the world of the iPhone, there is no need to get the latest and greatest. The 4 and the 4S are GREAT phones, and with a contract you can now get them for free or very-cheap, so if I was one of those people, I’d start there.
I didn’t add tons of information in my summaries, because “everyday folks” don’t need to know all that stuff. But if you do want to know more, here are the links to the Apple product pages:
The iPhone 5
The iPod Touch
The new Nano