MacMost Now 760: New iPhone 5, iPod touch, iPod Nano
Today apple announced several new products, including the iPhone 5 and a new iPod touch and iPod Nano. The new iPhone has a taller screen, new dock connector and a special panoramic photography mode. The new iPod touch meets most of the new iPhone's specifications. A whole new Nano has a larger screen and returns video and photos to iPod functionality. iOS 6 will be released on September 19, with the iPhone 5 following on the 21st. The new iPods will be out in October.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let's take a look at today's Apple announcements.
So today Apple announced the new iPhone 5. As predicted it is a taller screen. It's 1136 pixels tall as compared to the previous generation of 960 pixels tall. So it is taller space. It gives you an extra row of icons. All of the Apple native apps have been reengineered so that they fit this space naturally in the iPhone 5. For any third party apps the developers can reengineer them or they can simply have the left and right sides cut off to fit on the screen. The width is the same, 480 pixels.
It is also thinner, lighter and it has an lte chip in it which means it can access true 4G networks in major cities. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have already signed on to allow people in the US to access these faster networks with the iPhone 5.
There is also a new camera in it. It still has 8 megapixels but it has some enhanced technology that should make better photos and especially in lower light. There is new functionality which allows you to sweep a scene and take something larger than 8 megapixels I guess gathering together various images it captures as you sweep with your iPhone's camera.
There is also a new dock connector as most people predicted. It is smaller and it should allow for some faster transfers.
So of course the iPhone 5 will ship with IOS 6 which will also be out for some of the older devices like the 4S and also on the latest iPads. This has some new functionality such as Siri on the iPad of course and also more advanced Siri on the iPhone 5 and I assume going back to the iPhone 4S.
Also some other cool abilities like this new Passbook functionality which will allow you to save coupons and similar types of things on an App on your iPhone 5.
Pricing is kind of similar. The low end 16g iPhone 5 will be $199 with the contract in the US. For $99 you can get a 4S. The 4 is actually going to be a free phone that you can get with a contract with some carriers in the United States.
So the iPhone 5 will come out on the 24th in the US and several countries and shortly after that for many other countries as well.
IOS 6 will come out September 19th.
There is also a new version of iTunes. We are now at iTunes 11. This is going to be Macs, PCs, and there will also be new iTunes in IOS 6 for the iPhone and the iPad.
Apple also introduced a whole new iPod Nano. This one has got a larger screen and a touch screen and lots of new features. So they completely reinvented the Nano.
There is also a new iPod Touch to more or less match the specs of the new iPhone 5.
Here is a couple minor details from today's announcements:
So that is a rundown of all the announcements today. I hope you found this useful.