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  • Apple Raises The Curtain on iPhone 5


    Phil Schiller did the honors of unveiling Apple's new iPhone 5 today in San Francisco.

    While taking the covers off of the next-generation iPhone, Schiller described the device as an absolute "jewel."

    It's the thinnest and lightest iPhone Apple has produced so far at just 7.6mm thick. All told, that's 18% thinner than the last model.

    "I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the hardware and software engineering that has gone into this product is unlike we've ever undertaken before," he said. "So, iPhone 5. It is made entirely of glass and aluminum. It's designed and built to an exacting level of standard unlike anything we, or anyone in our industry, have made before."

    As we all anticipated, the 6th generation Apple smartphone will deliver 4G LTE connectivity. "We've updated every aspect of iPhone 5. Everything has been enhanced," Schiller says, explaining that in the US, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will support LTE on the iPhone 5. "And we have a really unique innovation with a dynamic antenna. It can automatically switch antenna connections." Similar to how the 4S worked."

    The iPhone 5 is also the biggest iPhone Apple has released in terms of screen size. You've got a 326ppi Retina display (4-inches) with 1136 x 640 resolution. In short, the new iPhone delivers the same width as before, but it's now taller.

    The A6 processor, needless to say, will dramatically speed up graphics and general CPU performance. Schiller specifically drew attention to how A6 will launch pages twice as fast as before.

    With all the new features, you may be wondering how battery life will be impacted. According to Schiller, iPhone 5 battery life won't be diminished over the iPhone 4S.

    iPhone 5 will be available in black and white. The price structure for iPhone 5 is the same as previous models: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. Pre-orders start on Friday the 14th for shipping on September 21st in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

    Stay with MMi for more coverage coming out of San Francisco today.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Raises The Curtain on iPhone 5 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 267 Comments
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Omg!!!! What a surprise!..... Not.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      I had to be the one to say it, this is the most boring iPhone launch I have seen to date. Maybe I speak for myself but none of these were shockers. Almost 15-20 minutes now talking about revamped iTunes & iPod.. really? Maybe it's because I've watched through everyone one of these key-notes since the original debut.

      Don't get me wrong.. I"ll buy it but was really hoping the leaks were not true & Apple would release something NEW up their sleeves.
    1. DanOptic's Avatar
      DanOptic -
      zinjen what do you want to happen? fireworks? confetti? circus acts?

      its a press conference, all of them are boring
    1. pathtologos's Avatar
      pathtologos -
      Quick question guys. I'm buying this thing and I'm curious if when they say "pre-ordering begins on Sept. 14" does that mean (historically) that I can order midnight on 09/14 or at some other specific time?

      thanks!
    1. jay510's Avatar
      jay510 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Omg!!!! What a surprise!..... Not.
      I Agree ^^^^
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Most uninspired iPhone ever... I would say so
    1. Haseeb Jamal's Avatar
      Haseeb Jamal -
      Dissapointed with this iphone. Expected atleast 12 MP camera with a wider screen and finger print scanner. Nothing new, just a few enhancements to speed.
    1. flguy725725's Avatar
      flguy725725 -
      LOL....wow really???? Should have just called it the 4SS. S3 here I come.
    1. crunchingnumbers's Avatar
      crunchingnumbers -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      I had to be the one to say it, this is the most boring iPhone launch I have seen to date. Maybe I speak for myself but none of these were shockers. Almost 15-20 minutes now talking about revamped iTunes & iPod.. really? Maybe it's because I've watched through everyone one of these key-notes since the original debut.

      Don't get me wrong.. I"ll buy it but was really hoping the leaks were not true & Apple would release something NEW up their sleeves.
      Boooring - I think the one extra row of icons said it all. Same reason I sold my range rover for an X6 - they polished it up but it began to look older and older - Maybe they can license the software to Samsung and let us get something different.
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      i really hope the rumors about the design ain't true... oh well~
    1. iphoneadam's Avatar
      iphoneadam -
      This stupid phone better LOOK amazing because it doesn't sound that amazing
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      lol I swear nobody can please y'all. You seriously think this is a more boring release than the 4S last year? Seriously? Come on, I can't wait to dump my 3GS for an iP5.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by DanOptic View Post
      zinjen what do you want to happen? fireworks? confetti? circus acts?

      its a press conference, all of them are boring
      If you want me to answer this question legitimately, just one of the below would of been nice.

      A True 16:9 Ratio Display, 1 Row Wide/1 Row Long, Wireless Charging, 1080p HD Front Facing Camera, NFC Capability. Should I go on?

      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      lol I swear nobody can please y'all. You seriously think this is a more boring release than the 4S last year? Seriously? Come on, I can't wait to dump my 3GS for an iP5.
      Well **** if your on an iPhone 3GS its a given. Hell, even a Motorola Razer would be an upgrade for you.
    1. simes6600's Avatar
      simes6600 -
      samsung basically did this 18 months ago with the S2 (even before the 4"S" was launched). iPhone innovation sadly died with Steve Jobs.
    1. DanOptic's Avatar
      DanOptic -
      more room on the screen for widgets

      personally i like the look of the IP4 and IP5

      i mean its a phone, it fits in hands
    1. MaStA819's Avatar
      MaStA819 -
      It's 2012 and Apple still thinks it's a big deal to talk about turn by turn navigation...

      Seems like Apple is playing catch up and they are getting closer to what the S3 is. One good thing may come about this new iPhone...hopefully the S3 price gets lower because I can't wait to get rid of my iPhone 4.

      The new iPod Nano seems to be the best part of this event.
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      THE LEAKS killed the "iPhone 5". Apple needs to shoot and kill anyone responsible for the leaks, lol. i mean there is no anticipation anymore what so every. The iPhone 4 leak was bad, the iPhone 5 leaks were just AWFUL for apple. Im not impressed even though the added hardware is actually really nice because i wanted a "wow" factor that the leaks took away from me.
    1. cowburnator's Avatar
      cowburnator -
      Totally underwhelmed. 😠
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Disappointed with the iP5, very disappointed. But I'll not be buying a GS3. Why? Because one thing Apple products are is polished and that's what I like.
      Samsung products I'm sure are great but they, (to me at least), feel and look horrid.

      I don't even know if I'll upgrade to this actually.
    1. seh6183's Avatar
      seh6183 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DanOptic View Post
      more room on the screen for widgets

      personally i like the look of the IP4 and IP5

      i mean its a phone, it fits in hands
      Widgets? It would be great if apple supported them. Slapping those things Apple calls widgets on the notification shade doesn't count as a widget.