Saturday, September 15, 2012

iPhone 5 : Live Coverage, Pictures, Videos, Reviews! (All in One Thread!)

iPhone 5 : Live Coverage, Pictures, Videos, Reviews!
iPhone 5

Everything you need to know about iPhone 5 - Apple's next generation iPhone.

Apple is widely expected to unveil the hotly anticipated 6th generation iPhone at a special event on September 12, which was officially announced on September 4th.

Based on the September 12 event invite, the next iPhone is likely to be called "iPhone 5″.

Apple's Phil Schiller just took the wraps off of the iPhone 5 during a press event in San Francisco. 

Points to be noted Sbians:-

The device is crafted entirely out of glass and aluminum, and Schiller said that it's the lightest and thinnest iPhone that Apple has ever created. 

It's 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S at just 7.6mm thick and 20% lighter

As expected, the device sports a 4-inch screen with a 1136 x 640-pixel resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, which means there's room now for a total of six rows of icons on the homescreen (including the dock).

Despite the increased size, Schiller said that it was actually "not a challenge" to make a larger iPhone. The company is also optimizing all of its iOS software to take advantage of applications that will use the larger display. Apps that currently exist will "work just like before," Schiller said. Basically, this means that you'll be able to see more inside a specific application. In the web browser, for example, you'll be able to see more of the website. The 16:9 aspect ratio means you'll be able to play widescreen videos easier, too.

That's not all, though. The display has 44% more color saturation than the screen on the iPhone 4S, and Schiller said it's the "most accurate" screen available right now. 

As we expect, the touch sensor is included inside the display. That backs up the in-cell technology rumors we heard earlier.

The iPhone 5 will also support 4G LTE networks, as well as HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA networks, which means you'll be able to fall back on "4G" networks where LTE isn't available

The chip include a single radio and a dynamic antenna. The phone also supports dual-channel WiFi, with support for 802.11a/b/g/n routers and 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency spectrums.

Schiller also explained that the iPhone 5 offers a brand new A6 chip that's 2x faster and offers twice the graphics performance of the A5 chip used in the iPhone 4S.

Despite the faster processor and 4G LTE support, the iPhone is expected to offer better battery life than the iPhone 4S. It should offer 8 hours of talk time over 3G, 8 hours of 4G LTE browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music playback and 225 hours of playtime.

The iPhone 5 also has a backside-illuminated 8-megapixel camera with a f/2.4 aperture, a hybrid IR filter and a five-element lens. The sapphire crystal lens is 25% smaller than the existing camera and has enhanced low-light performance. Thanks to the A6 processor, the camera will also offer better image processing and will capture photos 40% faster than ever before. The camera is capable of capturing panorama images at a 28-megapixel resolution. You can also capture videos while recording 1080p video.

As we already know, there's FaceTime over cellular support, too. But Apple also upgraded the FaceTime camera with Face detection.

Apple also enhanced the audio on the iPhone 5 by including three microphones: one on the bottom, one on the front and one on the back. There's HD voice support, although carriers neeed to support it first.

The iPhone 5 will take advantage of Apple's new lightning dock connector, which is reversible, easier to use and provides an 8-signal design. The company will provide adapters for older accessories, but didn't say how much they will cost.

We have already covered iOS 6 in detail, including new Siri enhancements, shared photo streams and more. However, Apple just announced that Safari for iOS 6 will offer a full screen mode and will also allow users to sync their tabs with a computer running the full version of Safari.
iPhone 5, the world's most awaited gadget, is here. iPhone has been here since 2007, but Apple gave it a completely new Avatar made of glass and aluminium on Wednesday in a bid to take on rising challenges from the Android brigade.

iPhone 5 is everything that a smartphone owner could possibly ever desire for: It is taller, leaner, lighter, shinier and packs in much more punch than ever. But the best part lies in its price tag. Apple iPhone 5 will cost the same as its predecessor - $199, $299 and $399 for 16, 32 and 64 GB versions respectively.

Even as Cook was still unveiling the iPhone 5 in a launch that has been most awaited ever for any gadget by any company ever, the social media and blogs were keeping the internet bursting at its seams. 

The media launch event took place at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco where Cook shocked everyone by suddenly taking the wraps of iPhone 5 without much ado, sending the gushing Apple aficionados into a tizzy.

The new iPhone 5 is 7.66mm thick, almost a whopping 18% thinner than its predecessor iPhone 4S, weighs just 112 gram, again 20% lighter than 4S. It packs a phenomenal 326 pixel and packs 1136x640 resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio. It has retina display and pixel density of 326.

Under the hood, the Apple iPhone runs on a quad-core Cortex A6 processor, which makes the device twice as fast as its predecessor. In fact, in another first for iPhone, the iPhone 5 uses a common chip for voice as well as data, as well as a single radio chip.

Apple, which received a bit of flak on the battery front in the past, seems to have reworked the battery of iPhone 5 with 225 hours of standby time. 8 hours of 3G and 4G LTE browsing, 8 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of music play.

So while there is no word on the battery upgrade, its performance in the iPhone 5 has improved, at least statistically.

There seems to be some disappointment in store also for those who were expecting a 12 megapixel camera in iPhone 5. It sports a 8MP rear camera with panorama mode, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five element lens, and f/24 aperture.

Other features of the camera include dynamic low light mode, sapphire crystal and precision lens alignment, all of which is enough for iPhone 5 to be taken reasonably seriously for a prosumer camera tag. The front camera in the iPhone 5 for FaceTime will now support HD videos at 720p. It has an aluminium rear sensor and features three microphones - one each at the bottom, top and rear.

Significantly, iPhone 5 will have LTE 4G functionality that will transfer data at much faster rate. The phone will be able to switch between antennae in order to support the network.

It will be interesting to see how the market takes to the LTE-equipped iPhone 5. Rivals Samsung and HTC had a few days ago threatened Apple with patent lawsuits if it ported iPhone 5 with LTE. 

Considering 4G has not been rolled out on a large scale even worldwide, it may not excite buyers in many markets, including India. However, Apple has announced just Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, in the US that will support iPhone 5 with 4G compatibility. It does not include T-Mobile which does not have the LTE offering.

It will be available September 21 in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

Phil Schiller with the new iPhone 5.

It is indeed taller (5 rows plus dock), two-tone back.

"Made entirely of glass and aluminium, unlike anything we or anyone in our industry has made before. Hardware and software engineering is the most challenging our team has ever taken on."

First: "the thinnest and lightest phone we've ever made, 7.6mm thin, 112g so 20% lighter, smaller volume. "This is the monumental challenge.. have everything the iPhone 4S has even before new features. It's really easy to make a product that's bigger, everyone does that." 

Dig at Samsung. 

"What is the design centre for a phone? It's this - your hand, the horizontally opposed thumb, it should be easy to send messages, type emails, surf the web... " 16:9 ratio, so a fifth row.

"All the software has been updated to take advantage of this display. Your calendar shows more events." 

Basically, the gravitational force that has been expanding every other smartphone screen has caught up with Apple. Hard to think that if Samsung and others hadn't been making bigger phones that Apple wouldn't have followed.

"44% more colour saturation, the most accurate display in the industry.. integrated touch, we remove a layer making it have less glare in sunlight."
Next: "ultrafast wireless technology."

*4G/LTE klaxon!*

We're ticking off the already-leaked features one by one.

back shot of the iphone 5


4G/LTE gives you a theoretical maximum downlink of 100megabits per second. Single chip, single radio, dynamic antenna - the latter from the iPhone 4S, switching between two virtual antennas for signal reception."

"LTE is the most complicated networking technology ever brought to this earth." Who with? Sprint, Verizon and AT&T in the US; Asia, Softbank, KDDI, Smartone; Australia, Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile; in Europe Deutsche Telekom and � hurrah! � EvEv in the UK.

"We've updated every aspect of iPhone 5 over iPhone 4S. A brand-new chip - the Apple A6 chip. (Who had this in the poll?) 2x faster CPU, 2x faster graphics."

"Developers are going to love what they can do with this for CPU-intensive applications." [Then again, chess players are going to hate getting beaten even worse by a darn machine twice as quickly.]

Demo time!

EA Studios is going to show Real Racing 3 on the legendary race arena Laguna Sega. (I think I heard that right.) Full console quality in your hands. Reflections off the side of the car � which is impressive. "It actually makes the game easier to play. Even has rear-view mirrors." Tasty. There's lens flare, too.
"We used Game Centre to create time-shifted multiplayer - that's my race from yesterday." His assistant is racing him now and catching up to the guy who's standing there giving the talk. "This is something we've never seen done before." Can actually bump into the car that was used in the previously recorded race. (That's really impressive.)

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