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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. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      This is a big **** you to all of the morons who were adamant it would be called iPhone 6.
    1. BIMPtacular's Avatar
      BIMPtacular -
      Quote Originally Posted by matrixhunter View Post
      I care about both looks and guts for me the phone has to have both
      I'm talking about more than guts, which this iPhone still brings nothing new to the table, but software and functionality. I want to be able to rely on my phone and know that it will do what I need it to do. I don't care at all what it looks like either as long as it serves its purpose.

      For example, I currently do some contract development and I'm not always at my computer when possible leads pop up. What if the person in need wants source code examples sent to them via email? What if they want to send me a NDA to sign digitally and send back ASAP? Well on android I can attach any file I want via email and shoot it to them, whereas I can't do that on iPhone. I always keep source samples and different kinds of documentation on my device just in case and those files come from multiple computers where iTunes isn't an option. Its much easier and more efficient to do the things I need to do on Android. Does that mean that nobody should use iPhone? Of course not, it just doesn't suit my needs. There are even compilers that people have written so coding on the go is an option too, not that I would recommend it on a phone but the option is still there.

      If I were the type of user that just wanted to call, text, and play games... maybe. Ok, not so much on the games. The touch interface for gaming doesn't work for me. I'm just saying there are options for a reason, and it looks like it may be time for many people to look at them because this was the second let-down in a row in the iPhone department for a lot of people.
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by BIMPtacular View Post
      I'm talking about more than guts, which this iPhone still brings nothing new to the table, but software and functionality. I want to be able to rely on my phone and know that it will do what I need it to do. I don't care at all what it looks like either as long as it serves its purpose.

      For example, I currently do some contract development and I'm not always at my computer when possible leads pop up. What if the person in need wants source code examples sent to them via email? What if they want to send me a NDA to sign digitally and send back ASAP? Well on android I can attach any file I want via email and shoot it to them, whereas I can't do that on iPhone. I always keep source samples and different kinds of documentation on my device just in case and those files come from multiple computers where iTunes isn't an option. Its much easier and more efficient to do the things I need to do on Android. Does that mean that nobody should use iPhone? Of course not, it just doesn't suit my needs. There are even compilers that people have written so coding on the go is an option too, not that I would recommend it on a phone but the option is still there.

      If I were the type of user that just wanted to call, text, and play games... maybe. Ok, not so much on the games. The touch interface for gaming doesn't work for me. I'm just saying there are options for a reason, and it looks like it may be time for many people to look at them because this was the second let-down in a row in the iPhone department for a lot of people.
      I totally feel you on that this phone was a let down for me also and i currently own an iphone 4
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      iphone4. iphone4s. iphone5 samething again, again, again, again muhahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
    1. Richard's Avatar
      Richard -
      Just a quick question for all you from the USA. The prices that have been quoted are there the price with a plan or is that the factory unlocked price. I will be traveling to the US in November from the UK and would like to know if I walk into a Apple store how much will a unlocked iPhone 5 cost me ???

      Thanks
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      iphone4. iphone4s. iphone5 samething again, again, again, again muhahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
      Work on your spell-check, its called the iPhone 4SS.
    1. regkilla's Avatar
      regkilla -
      Haters should leave this website and never come back.
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      Love the phone mod edit. Go to a samsung site. They have what u want. Im a barrista. lol
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      Quote Originally Posted by BIMPtacular View Post
      I'm talking about more than guts, which this iPhone still brings nothing new to the table, but software and functionality. I want to be able to rely on my phone and know that it will do what I need it to do. I don't care at all what it looks like either as long as it serves its purpose.

      For example, I currently do some contract development and I'm not always at my computer when possible leads pop up. What if the person in need wants source code examples sent to them via email? What if they want to send me a NDA to sign digitally and send back ASAP? Well on android I can attach any file I want via email and shoot it to them, whereas I can't do that on iPhone. I always keep source samples and different kinds of documentation on my device just in case and those files come from multiple computers where iTunes isn't an option. Its much easier and more efficient to do the things I need to do on Android. Does that mean that nobody should use iPhone? Of course not, it just doesn't suit my needs. There are even compilers that people have written so coding on the go is an option too, not that I would recommend it on a phone but the option is still there.

      If I were the type of user that just wanted to call, text, and play games... maybe. Ok, not so much on the games. The touch interface for gaming doesn't work for me. I'm just saying there are options for a reason, and it looks like it may be time for many people to look at them because this was the second let-down in a row in the iPhone department for a lot of people.
      um actually you can attach any file to email with a tweak called "AnyAttach", just saying
    1. BIMPtacular's Avatar
      BIMPtacular -
      Quote Originally Posted by regkilla View Post
      Haters should leave this website and never come back.
      It's not hate, it's realism.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      This will be a nice upgrade from an ageing and sluggish 3GS.
      Other than the bigger screen, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of exclusive features compared to the 4S.
      Also in iOS 6 will Siri be out of Beta?
    1. BIMPtacular's Avatar
      BIMPtacular -
      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      um actually you can attach any file to email with a tweak called "AnyAttach", just saying
      With a jailbreak tweak. That's not part of the stock OS is it? Just saying. I'm comparing stock to stock, as I don't intend on hanging out on Cydia and installing the latest tweaks everyday. Not to mention I rather enjoy keeping my warranty intact.
    1. Jabbacks's Avatar
      Jabbacks -
      With everything said about the new iPhone5, what's gonna happen to the 3gs?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jabbacks View Post
      With everything said about the new iPhone5, what's gonna happen to the 3gs?
      iOS 6 is supported on 3GS but it looks like sales for 3GS are over. It looks to be gone from Apples online store
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      Quote Originally Posted by pratt1503 View Post
      Just a quick question for all you from the USA. The prices that have been quoted are there the price with a plan or is that the factory unlocked price. I will be traveling to the US in November from the UK and would like to know if I walk into a Apple store how much will a unlocked iPhone 5 cost me ???

      Thanks
      those prices are with a new 2-year contract
    1. MaStA819's Avatar
      MaStA819 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      um actually you can attach any file to email with a tweak called "AnyAttach", just saying
      So as much as Apple hates/continues to patch jailbreaking you are attemping to make up for their shortcomings by saying oh just use this jailbreak tweak to do it...as they continue to patch jailbreaks so you can't do what you want with your phone. You know the thing you paid for and "own".
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BIMPtacular View Post
      With a jailbreak tweak. That's not part of the stock OS is it? Just saying. I'm comparing stock to stock, as I don't intend on hanging out on Cydia and installing the latest tweaks everyday. Not to mention I rather enjoy keeping my warranty intact.
      Really? Back to the warranty thing... Is this 2009?
    1. MaStA819's Avatar
      MaStA819 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Really? Back to the warranty thing... Is this 2009?
      Ask Apple that with them acting like turn by turn navigation is something new...the only thing new about it is that the iPhone finally has it. They didn't even create it...they bought out another company and implemented it into iOS. Woo hoo!
    1. Richard's Avatar
      Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      those prices are with a new 2-year contract
      So of I wanted a un locked phone with no contract. What would the price be in the US ?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pratt1503 View Post
      So of I wanted a un locked phone with no contract. What would the price be in the US ?
      $500-$700 i would assume depending on the GB's. Similar to the prices for no contract iPhone 4S