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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. tbchamp81's Avatar
      tbchamp81 -
      It's funny to me how so many people whine, and complain about the new iPhone release every year. If you don't like it, don't buy it. For every person that doesn't get it, there will be 3 people that will.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by tbchamp81 View Post
      It's funny to me how so many people whine, and complain about the new iPhone release every year. If you don't like it, don't buy it. For every person that doesn't get it, there will be 3 people that will.
      Well as much as I agree with you about the whole complaining and whining thing about the new iPhones, I think more people buy Androids than the iPhone. Today I had lunch with my friends, of the 12 people there, 3 of us had iPhones. Only 2-3 had non-smartphones, so that leaves about 6 having Androids. 1 of the 6 hates her Android phone and wants an iPhone. So with that, there were 5 happy Android users and 3 happy iPhone users. Because Android's OS is on so many different devices, it's easier for people to choose over the iPhone, especially those who still choose to believe any phone is not worth $200 and would prefer to get a free phone or one that's under $100. Anyhow, my point is, there will be more Android buyers than iPhone buyers in general but you're right. If you don't like the iPhone, don't get it. If you don't want iPhones anymore, don't buy anymore and switch. Not a big deal lol.
    1. ThuD Muffin's Avatar
      ThuD Muffin -
      Nothing against those who own Android devices, but my Mac, iPad, and iPhone work so well together that I can't possibly see myself buying other products "at this time". Cook mentioned this at the end of the keynote, and to be honest he couldn't be more correct. I am so happy how well my devices work with each other, therefore I have no objections to buying the iPhone 5. To all of you "jumping ship" to the SGIII, have you not thought for one second about how your devices will communicate with each other?
    1. Eddy91's Avatar
      Eddy91 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tbchamp81 View Post
      It's funny to me how so many people whine, and complain about the new iPhone release every year. If you don't like it, don't buy it. For every person that doesn't get it, there will be 3 people that will.
      Exactly!! Everyone has said this about every iPhone, yet they still sell millions. P.S no one cares if your switching to the s3. *Mod edit: Please mind language choice, thank you.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      How is it possible for all those leaks and no one is held responsible? Are more then one manufacture making the housing? The system board? The cables? If not, then why not punish the manufactures for leaking the items?

      This was the most uneventful event apple has ever done. Nothing has ever had this many leaks. Was there anything we didn't know?

      Steve jobs would of never have approved.
    1. tbchamp81's Avatar
      tbchamp81 -
      Apple isn't gonna be hurt if you don't buy the iPhone 5!

      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Well as much as I agree with you about the whole complaining and whining thing about the new iPhones, I think more people buy Androids than the iPhone. Today I had lunch with my friends, of the 12 people there, 3 of us had iPhones. Only 2-3 had non-smartphones, so that leaves about 6 having Androids. 1 of the 6 hates her Android phone and wants an iPhone. So with that, there were 5 happy Android users and 3 happy iPhone users. Because Android's OS is on so many different devices, it's easier for people to choose over the iPhone, especially those who still choose to believe any phone is not worth $200 and would prefer to get a free phone or one that's under $100. Anyhow, my point is, there will be more Android buyers than iPhone buyers in general but you're right. If you don't like the iPhone, don't get it. If you don't want iPhones anymore, don't buy anymore and switch. Not a big deal lol.
      Well if Apple released 10 iPhones a year they would more sell more too, but they don't have to.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Lol that's the thing, the iPhone is alone. If Apple had iOS on other devices, of course the sales would go up. I wouldn't want iOS on any other phone though, just bc I'd like a quality OS to stay on a quality device. The argument between iOS vs Android sales would definitely look differently if iOS was on more than one device of course.
    1. Nickothasicko's Avatar
      Nickothasicko -
      Apple's business plan would have long ago read...
      1. Do what we do best. Create products that appeal to our already loyal customer base- the retail and design consumer.
      2. Now, lets create a new market by innovating and then integrating technologies into a multivariate suite of products to increase the volume of retail consumers who we can attract to what we do best. So, let's introduce the concept of a highly polished, rock-solid and well integrated way of using technology in various formats.
      3. Refine our existing innovations/technology (i.e. iPhone 3GS/4GS/5)
      4. Enter an existing lucrative market with the suite of products/innovations we've developed. Let's not kid ourselves, world wide LTE implementation is primarily intended for business users.

      Modmyi people are early adopters and thus are hungry for innovation and those who are not being dazzled or at least satiated by Apples newest innovations and implementations all will inevitably look for the 'greener grass', so all the best with your SG3 etc

      For the rest of us, I represent the consumer who appreciates the integration aspect of what Apple does and sure I was hoping for a bit more, but I actually wasn't really expecting it to come in the same leaps and bounds it did in its inception. If it aint broke why 'fix it'. Atop that, it's a mature market for now.

      There will be innovations but until I can get a chip implanted onto my prefrontal left cortex so I can spontaneously instruct a myriad of daily modern life operations, new tech down the pipeline from other companies will just be proverbial game of tennis-tech catch up which is great for competition. I'm not loyal to a brand so much as i'm loyal to a solution. Apple currently provides that solution for me for all the reasons Apple does what it does really well.

      I'll still be upgrading, though more-so only because I just came out of contract with my iPhone4.

      PS-mostly looking forward to the new Apple flat panel.
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      The point is to stay ahead of the competition by adding cutting edge features not sitting idly by as competition surpasses you. There will always be Apple loyalists and those who think its a status symbol but two years of work for this is a joke. Yes I'm getting one because my upgrade has been available since June but not really impressed over all.
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by seh6183 View Post
      Android completely demolishes iOS in functionality and customization. This coming from someone who uses an iPhone should say a lot....

      You clearly know nothing about Android.

      As a user of iOS and ICS, you are wrong. Android does not demolish iOS for many users. ICS is not even close in usability for me. Everything I do is easier and faster on my iPhone.

      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      My iPhone is my book of business, in other words my phone is dead before Noon. Do I always need to be next to an outlet/usb to solve this problem? The technology has existed for several years but this is how Apple works. They have a majority of features not listed today ready to go but they know they need them available for the iPhone 5S launch. At the end of the day it's all business.. not the consumer.
      Wireless charging still requires a cord on my android device. What is the difference between setting it on a mat or plugging it in?
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      As a user of iOS and ICS, you are wrong. Android does not demolish iOS for many users. ICS is not even close in usability for me. Everything I do is easier and faster on my iPhone.



      Wireless charging still requires a cord on my android device. What is the difference between setting it on a mat or plugging it in?
      A big difference is wear and tear on the charging port and convenience.
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Lol that's the thing, the iPhone is alone. If Apple had iOS on other devices, of course the sales would go up. I wouldn't want iOS on any other phone though, just bc I'd like a quality OS to stay on a quality device. The argument between iOS vs Android sales would definitely look differently if iOS was on more than one device of course.
      lets just say for the other people that dont know, that should know or already know
      iOS- Closed Source
      Android - Open Source

      kinda funny that both is linux based OS but just modified
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LUFT5_THOR View Post
      A big difference is wear and tear on the charging port and convenience.
      LOLWAT. My "wireless" charger is not in any way more convenient, and how on earth do you wear out a charging port? I have first and second gen iOS devices that have certainly not "worn out." I use the wireless charger more when I want to use it as a stand than I do as a charger, because it charges much faster with the normal usb charger anyways.

      ETA: Until something like google glasses or holographic tech comes out, ALL phones are minor upgrades to me. For the love of god I want google glasses soooo bad!!
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      well i'll wait for the jailbreak to be released for the iphone before getting one.
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      My biggest issue is deciding if I want the white one or the black one. I think it's a beautiful device and I was thrilled to see that it has the A6 chip and sleeker design. To everyone complaining though? did you really think the mock ups we've all been seeing lately were fakes? You knew this is what the device was going to look like and just like the devices before. How are people still shocked?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      lol. I just scrolled through all 48 articles on the Yahoo main page. This launch was not in them at all. . Oh and for those of you who think the A6 will "launch pages twice as fast".....get real. It's the LTE that will speed everything up....the A6 will obviously help...but not by that big of a factor.
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      i'll be picking up that black version, black on black is nice
      they should've painted the bezel on the white version white, but i guess thats what third party parts are for lol
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mindblown View Post
      lets just say for the other people that dont know, that should know or already know
      iOS- Closed Source
      Android - Open Source

      kinda funny that both is linux based OS but just modified
      I'm not quite sure how this is relevant to my point. Of course the OS's differ. The generalization is, comparing statistics of sales and predictability of the amount of people who will purchase an iOS or Android device is as we know an unfair comparison due to the limit that iOS is not distributed to any other device.
    1. mindblown's Avatar
      mindblown -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      lol. I just scrolled through all 48 articles on the Yahoo main page. This launch was not in them at all. . Oh and for those of you who think the A6 will "launch pages twice as fast".....get real. It's the LTE that will speed everything up....the A6 will obviously help...but not by that big of a factor.
      seriously?!
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      From an engineering standpoint, this IS a huge upgrade/redesign.
      Damn straight. Don't know what people are thinking. This is TWICE the phone the 4S - and more.. The Panoramic photo feature alone is staggering.

      Quote Originally Posted by ThuD Muffin View Post
      I really don't get what you all are complaining about. This new iPhone retains everything that we love about the current iPhone and more. So what if the leaks look to be true...it's still the best build quality phone you'll find on the market currently. Go onto apple's site and watch the iPhone 5 video. I think then, you'll appreciate what it is quite a bit more.
      Well said. +100!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      If you wasn't impressed with the leaks, then you definitely be disappointed now. Don't blame the leaks for your disappointments.
      Exactly! Don't get the negativity here at all...

      Quote Originally Posted by fadadman View Post
      This is a disaster, im actually heart broken, was really expecting something NEW!!! Samsung will make back that Billion in a minute with the S3
      LOL!!!.. Nobody's touching Apple's MarketShare on SmartPhones.. Let's compare Apples to Apples. You can't compare Android to iPhone - since Android is an OPERATING SYSTEM not a device. iPhone is a device. And Samsung's S series is nowhere touchin' iPhone - for good reason: it's a toy in comparison.

      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      According to Apple's website there are three versions of the iPhone 5. The CDMA version will support LTE bands 1, 3, 5 & 25, in addition to Verizon's LTE band 13 (700 MHz), which means Verizion's LTE will work internationally. Yay Verizon!

      The AT&T version will only support bands 4 and 17, which means AT&T's LTE won't work outside of the US. Global compatibility used to be the only advantage AT&T had. Oh dear. Poor old AT&T...
      Ooooo. This is a game changer for me.. I haven't wanted to go Verizon - but maybe I will need to. Unless these 3rd party unlock services will be able to unlock the iP5s in quick order.

      Also - who would want to use LTE in another country and pay all those international charges anyway.. The only way to make it cost effective is to buy the iP5 'factory unlocked' and then get a prepaid SIM overseas.. But if I understand what you're saying -- having a CDMA phone, factory unlocked, would be the best of all potentials for travelling overseas.. Agreed?

      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.
      Warranty Void? What an old - silly argument. Restore the phone and even an Apple Genius can never tell it was ever jailbroken. Please......

      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I hate new iPhone releases. I never buy one on releases bc my contract isn't up yet for discounted pricing and I can't afford it at the time to buy at full retail. I get all jealous of other people and stuff bc they pre-order or they get to stand in line and buy it on release day. This is a depressing yet exciting time for me lol.
      Not sure why you're depressed. You can get the updgrade discount pricing if you're anywhere after 11 months into your contract. They always allow discount pricing for people at least HALF into their contract. Every year it's worked this way since iPhone 2G.