iPhone 5

iPhone 4S Arrives October 14th, No iPhone 5

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 | Business | 2 Comments

Today Tim Cook, at the Apple “Town Hall” announced the new iOS 5 and iCloud alongside the new iPhone 4S.  Here are summaries of the things announced today (skipping the marketing material, which took 30 minutes).

The iPhone 4S will be available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (we saw that coming).

No sign of iPhone 5.

iOS 5

Available October 12

  • More than 200 user features
  • New Notifications Center (swipe from top to bottom)
  • Lock screen has more notifications
  • iMessage – works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.  Text / Photos / Videos and pushed to all devices (replacement for text messages)
  • Reminders (pick up dry cleaning, dinner reservations) – includes geofences to remind based on location
  • Twitter integration – sign in once, integrated to Photos, Safari, YouTube, Maps
  • Newsstand – easier to read newspapers / magazines on iPad (subscriptions)
  • Camera Upgrades – Lock screen shortcuts to camera, you can use volume to take a picture (optional), grid lines, auto-exposure and autofocus lock (doesn’t it do this?).
  • Game Center upgrades – Add photos of friends, achievement points, recommendations
  • Safari updates – Reading list, Tabbed Browsing (iPad)
  • Mail updates – rich formating, indenttions, moving addresses, flagging
  • PC Free – (not just Windows) you can activate an iOS device without a computer

iPhone 4S

iPhone 3GS for FREE
iPhone 4 8GB for $99
16GB for $199
32GB for $299
64GB for $399
(all with 2 year contract)

Available October 14th (pre-orders starting October 7th)

  • Dual core A5 chip (same as iPad 2)
  • Same form factor as iPhone 4
  • Battery: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hrs of 2G talk time, and 6 hours on 3G browsing
  • Battery: 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music
  • Improved wireless System (ahem, dropped call fixes?)
  • Improved data speeds (HSDPA) looks like double the download speed max (up to 14.4 Mbps which is AT&T and T-Mobile)
  • World Phone – Both GSM and CDMA (single model)
  • 8MP upgraded camera (3264×2448, perfect 8×10 glossy photo) with backside illuminated sensor (73% more light per pixel than iPhone 4), 33% faster capture, hybrid IR filter, five element lens
  • New Image Signal Processor to enable face detection (interesting) and 26 percent better white balance
  • 1.1s to first picture, 0.5s between pictures (crap, my wife will have more pictures of the dog)
  • HD 1080p video, with image stabilization and temporal noise reduction
  • Wired or Wireless AirPlay Mirroring (assuming with an AppleTV hooked up for wireless)
  • Siri voice assistant (this might be a very cool feature, if it works well and is flexible) features so far are time, alarms, weather, stock, directions, text messages – a very impressive demo even by photo / text.
  • Geofencing will be a cool thing (I know, it’s been on the droid for years now)
  • iPhone takes dictation as opposed to typing
  • Siri learns your voice over time.

iCloud

iCloud available on October 12

iTunes Match available end of October

  • 5GB free, you can buy more if you want (who here only has 5GB of data? keep in mind if Apple knows the song, it may not count towards your total)
  • Stores all content, wirelessly pushes to devices
  • Can re-downlod music or media anytime (and apps)
  • Find my Friends – you can share locations of your family / friends.  Temp events let you only share location for a few hours. with parental controls.
  • iTunes Match – can see playlists, create new, scan iTunes, stream music.  Will upload non identified songs.  Ships at the end of the month.

iPod Nano

8GB for $129
16GB for $149

Available October 12 

  • Nano has easier navigation with larger icons
  • Nano supports tracking walks & runs without additional hardware
  • New Nano clockfaces for those who wear it as a watch.  Some are actually pretty cool
  • 8GB for $129, 16GB for $149

iPod Touch

8GB for $199 (down from $229)
32GB for $299
64GB for $399

Available October 12

  • Runs iOS 5 (yeah… and?)
  • That’s it.

 

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iPhone 5: What, when and why?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

I’ve been avoiding saying anything about the upcoming iPhone 5 event , “Lets talk iPhone” because there are so many conflicting stories.

Tomorrow, October 4, 2011 at the usual 1pm eastern (10am PDT) Apple will hold the “Lets talk iPhone” media event at their corporate headquarters.  I will be following the live blogging, you can too at Ars Technica (and many others).

The Facts

Numerous sources agree upon the following facts:

  • Apple will release an iPhone 4 variant, likely the iPhone 4S
  • The iPhone 4S will run the A5 processor
  • The new iPhone will leverage the Siri Assistant technology.
  • iOS 5 will be announced officially
  • iCloud will be announced officially (including the uploading of all your music to “the cloud”)
  • The iPhone 4S will feature the same form factor as the current iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4 will be the same screen size / resolution of the current iPhone 4
  • Facebook will be there to announce something (probably a Facebook iPad app)
  • Apple Assistance will allow you to speak in english and tell the iPhone to do things (it will require the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5)
  • the iPhone 4s will have an upgraded camera

The Fun Stuff

Here are some fun rumors going around, and what we might see:

  • An actual iPhone 5 with a tapered form factor
  • Possible wider screen on the iPhone 5
  • A Sprint iPhone announcement (it’s almost virtually guaranteed, but Apple may also announce it)
  • News sizes for iPhones (either 4, 4S, or both) such as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and maybe 64GB.
  • Free 3GS with contracts?
  • Maybe that iPhone 4 will be $99?

Basically we know there will be an updated iPhone 4 form factor phone feature the A5 processor.  We’ve seen the SKUs, the specs, everything.

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iPhone 5, Microsoft, Javascript, Firefox and jQuery

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

It’s been a long day (as I’m up at 2am), but lots has happened that has almost passed me by.

I’ve already announced on this blog that Firefox 5 was released today, and jQuery Mobile Beta 1 is out (actually released yesterday).

Today two other news items crossed my eye, the iPhone 5 and Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

iPhone 5 scheduled for release in September

According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 5 is scheduled for release this September (possibly in late August).  This is contrary to rumors about there being an iPhone 4S before a new iPhone 5 (that was supposed to be testing of a model for T-Mobile).  Additional rumors are spreading that the iPhone 5 will not only feature the better camera and processor, but a completely new form factor.

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