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 Apple Introduces iPhone 5, New iTunes And iPods
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Message Text: Apple took the wraps off the fastest, thinnest iPhone on Wednesday, packing a much larger screen and 4G capability. The company also released an ultra-thin iPod nano and iPod Touch, along with a new iTunes.

Apple's iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip; and 4G wireless technology - all while delivering even better battery life.

It comes with iOS 6 mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization; and even more Siri features and languages.

iPhone 5 features an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. It combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a great fit and finish.

The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including apps optimized for the larger Retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your Calendar and more of every web page.

Another enhancement is improved battery endurance - the iPhone 5's power core can support eight hours of 4G Web browsing.

iPhone 5 supports wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a single-radio LTE solution that provides fast speeds while fitting into the new thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.

Apple claims that the all-new A6 chip offers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance compared to the previous generation. It is a dual-core Cortex-A15 design manufactured for Apple by Samsung in its 32nm HKMG manufacturing process, according to analysts at Nomura Equity Research.

The 8 megapixel iSight camera is completely redesigned with a better optical performance, yet it's 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass. The new panorama feature lets you capture panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A new FaceTime HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video. iPhone 5 also allows you to share photos with friends and family using iCloud's Shared Photo Streams.

iPhone 5 features the new Lightning connector that is smaller and more durable than the previous connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it's reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.

iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch. iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods featuring a special design for a more natural fit and increased durability.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 mobile operating system with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an new Flyover view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud.

iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and Apple's customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract. iOS 6 software will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

New iPod Touch and iPod nano

Apple also today introduced the new lineup of its popular music players including the all-new iPod touch and reinvented iPod nano. The new iPod touch is the thinnest iPod touch ever and features a 4-inch Retina display; a 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording; Apple?s A5 chip; Siri, the intelligent assistant; and iOS 6. The new iPod touch comes in a new ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum design, and comes in five colors. The new iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever featuring a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display; convenient navigation buttons; built-in Bluetooth for wireless listening; and the new iPod nano comes in seven new colors.

"With over 350 million sold, iPod is the world?s most popular and beloved music player," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The new iPod touch has been redesigned with a 4-inch Retina display in an ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum body - the thinnest iPod touch ever at just 6 mm thin and weighing just 88 grams. With Apple's dual-core A5 chip inside, iPod touch delivers up to twice the processing power and up to seven times faster graphics than the fourth generation iPod touch, all while maintaining battery life of up to 40 hours of music playback and up to eight hours of video playback.



The new iPod touch includes a 5 megapixel iSight camera with autofocus, support for 1080p video recording with video image stabilization, face detection and an LED flash, and the new panorama feature. Every new iPod touch comes with a color-matched iPod touch loop and a wrist strap.

The new iPod touch comes with iOS 6, which brings over 200 features, and for the first time, features Siri. Siri arrives on the new iPod touch with support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings. The new iPod touch also includes: built-in Facebook integration with ability to post directly from Siri; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud; and other key iOS features like iMessage, FaceTime, Mail and Game Center. Now you can wirelessly display your iPod touch screen right on your HDTV with AirPlay Mirroring, allowing you to stream photos, videos, music, apps and play games on your big screen TV.

The reinvented iPod nano is the thinnest iPod ever, at just 5 mm, and features the largest display ever built into an iPod nano. The new iPod nano features a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display; a home button to quickly get back to your home screen; and convenient buttons to easily control volume and quickly play, pause or change songs without looking. The new iPod nano gives music lovers built-in Bluetooth for wireless listening with Bluetooth-enabled headphones, speakers and cars. At 30 hours, the new iPod nano offers the longest music playback of any iPod nano so you can enjoy your playlists and FM radio even longer. With built-in fitness features including a pedometer and support for Nike+, iPod nano users will be ready to take their music walking, running or anywhere they like. The new iPod nano comes in seven new colors.



With the App Store on iPod touch, users have access to the a collection of over 700,000 apps, including over 175,000 game and entertainment titles. Users also have the iTunes Store at their fingertips, giving them access to the world?s largest catalog of over 26 million songs, 190,000 TV episodes, 45,000 movies and 1.5 million books to purchase and download directly to their iPod touch.

Both iPod touch and iPod nano come with the new Lightning connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it?s reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPod touch and iPod nano to legacy 30-pin accessories.

iPod touch and iPod nano also come with the new Apple EarPods.

Pre-orders for the new iPod touch in pink, yellow, blue, white & silver, black & slate begin September 14 through the Apple Online Store for a suggested price of $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. The new iPod touch will be available in October through the Apple Online Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The fourth generation iPod touch is available in black and white for $199 (US) in a 16GB model and $249 (US) in a 32GB model through the Apple Online Store, Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iOS 6 will also be available as a free software update for iPod touch (fourth generation) owners.

iPod nano will be available in October in pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver and slate for a suggested price of $149 (US) in a 16GB model through the Apple Online Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod shuffle is available today in pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver and slate for a suggested price of $49 (US) in a 2GB model.

New iTunes

Finally Apple also today announced the new iTunes for Mac and PC featuring a completely redesigned player, integration with iCloud, and a new look. The new iTunes is coming in October and will feature a simpler interface that keeps your favorite iTunes content at the forefront. With iCloud integration, your music, movie and TV purchases made on any of your iOS devices or computers is displayed in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC, available anytime you want them. The redesigned iTunes Store, App Store and iBookstore have been rethought to make buying your favorite content on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC simpler than ever.

The new library view makes it easier to view your music, TV shows and movies, allowing you to click on the category of content you want to browse and that?s all you will see. The expandable album view allows you to see track listings for an individual album, while letting you continue to browse your music library. The new search feature searches across your entire iTunes library, including music, movies and TV shows. The MiniPlayer makes it easy to control your music with a small tool bar, you can skip to the next song or search for something new to play - all without having to open your library. Up Next is a fun new way to see what songs are coming up and queue songs or albums you want to hear next.



With iCloud, all of your iTunes purchases are in the cloud and can be accessed from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV. The new iTunes features integration with iCloud, which automatically puts all of your purchases into your library on your Mac or PC, regardless of which device you used to make the purchase. iCloud also remembers where you are in your favorite movies or TV shows no matter which device you're viewing on.

The redesigned iTunes Store, App Store and iBookstore feature a clean design that makes shopping easier. Featured content is showcased right at the top and easy-to-browse shelves serve up popular music, movies and TV show choices. You also have a preview history that shows you all of the music, movies and TV shows you've sampled. iCloud keeps your preview history across all of your devices. Additionally, users can preview 90 second clips of songs while continuing to browse the store.

The new iTunes will be available in October as a free download at www.itunes.com.

Smaller iPad coming

In related news, AU Optronics and LG Display will reportedly supply liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for Apple's yet-to-be-announced small-sized iPad, technology website DigiTimes.com reported.

Some analysts also think Apple plans to announce a smaller iPad to safeguard its market share as rivals including Samsung and Amazon.com Inc begin selling cheaper, seven-inch tablets.

AU Optronics will ship about 400,000 to 500,000 panels in September for Apple's reported small-sized iPad, Taiwan's DigiTimes said, citing industry supply chain sources.

LG Display will supply as many as 600,000 panels to Apple, the website reported.

DigiTimes, quoting sources, said supplies for a 7.85-inch iPad began in June.

Comparison of iPhone Models
 

iPhone 5

iPhone 4S

Chip   A6 chip A5 chip

Carriers

  at&t, Sprint, Verizon  

Color

 

Black & Slate

White & Silver

Black

White

Weight and dimensions

 
  • Height: 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
  • Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
  • Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)

Display

 
  • 4-inch (diagonal) Retina display
  • 1136-by-640 resolution
  • 326 ppi
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) Retina display
  • 960-by-640 resolution
  • 326 ppi

Cellural and wireless

 
  • GSM model: GSM/EDGE
  • UMTS/HSPA+
  • DC-HSDPA
  • CDMA model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • LTE
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on
    2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS and GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE
  • UMTS/HSPA
  • -
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A
  •  
  • -
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n; 802.11n on
    2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS and GLONASS

Sim card

 

Nano-SIM
iPhone 5 is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards.

Micro-SIM

Intelligent assistant

  Siri

Use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more.

Siri

Use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more.

iSoght camera

 

8 megapixel

  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • LED flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Face detection
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Panorama

8 megapixel

  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • LED flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Face detection
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Panorama

FaceTime camera

 

1.2MP photos
720p HD video
Backside illumination sensor

VGA-resolution photos
VGA-resolution video

Video calling

 

FaceTime

  • iPhone 5 to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular

FaceTime

  • iPhone 4S to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular

Video recording

 

1080p HD video recording

  • 30 fps
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • LED light
  • Improved video stabilization
  • Take still photos while recording video
  • Face detection

1080p HD video recording

  • 30 fps
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • LED light
  • Video stabilization
  • -
  • -

Headphones

 

Apple EarPods with
Remote and Mic

Storage and travel case

Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic

Connector

 

Lightning

30-pin

Battery life

 

Talk time:
Up to 8 hours on 3G

Browsing time:
Up to 8 hours on LTE
Up to 8 hours on 3G
Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

Standby time:
Up to 225 hours

Talk time:
Up to 8 hours on 3G

Browsing time:
-
Up to 6 hours on 3G
Up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi

Standby time:
Up to 200 hours

Capacity and price

 

16GB $199

32GB $299

64GB $399

16GB $99

 
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