Apple’s Event today was certainly a big one: the iPhone 5, all new versions of the iPod touch and iPod nano, a completely redesigned iTunes app, and the previously announced iOS 6. If you’re feeling a little flustered and overwhelmed, join the club. There’s a ton of information to take in, so let’s go over the most important details. Here are the cold hard facts.
Phil Schiller opened the event by introducing the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is a completely redesigned device that looks just like all of the leaked photos we’ve been seeing. The new phone boasts an aluminum and glass design with a taller 4-inch Retina display, and a smaller “Lighting” connector on the bottom. It is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, at just 7.6mm thick and weighing only 3.95 ounces.
Inside, the iPhone 5 runs on the new A6 chip, which Apple is only saying will provide 2x performance over the iPhone 4S’ A5. 4G LTE networking is present as well, as is dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Battery life is quoted at 8 hours talk time, 8 hours LTE browsing, and 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing, a step up from the iPhone 4S. The rear camera is still 8 megapixels, while the front-facing FaceTime camera has finally been bumped to a 720p HD sensor.
The iPhone 5 will be available in two colors: “Black & Slate” and “White & Silver”. Preorders for the iPhone 5 start this Friday, September 14th, and the phone will ship to the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore on September 21st, with more countries to follow in the weeks and months after that.
US on-contract pricing is as follows:
iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
As is customary with the launch of a new iPhone, the previous models have been given a price cut. The iPhone 3GS is no more, while an 8GB iPhone 4 will be available for free on-contract, with the 16GB iPhone 4S filling the mid-range spot at $99 on-contract.
For the first time in years, Apple updated their iPod range with completely redesigned new models. The new iPod touch now features a brushed aluminum back, replacing the extremely scratchable chrome back of yore, and is now available in a range of colors! The new iPod touch also features the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5.
Apple is touting the iPod touch as a gaming machine, and they’ve packed in an A5 chip to ensure the device can run the latest games. The camera has also been bumped up to a 5-megapixel shooter with 1080p video recording. It is also the thinnest iPod touch ever, at 6.6mm. Thanks to iOS 6, the new iPod touch gains Siri as well.
The new iPod touch will be available in yellow, pink, silver, blue, PRODUCT (RED), and black. Preorders start this Friday, September 14th, and it will ship in October. Pricing is as follows:
In addition, the 4th generation iPod touch will stick around, unchanged, with a 16GB model available for $199 and 32GB for $249.
The iPod nano also received a significant redesign today with the introduction the 7th generation model. The new iPod nano design resembles a shrunken down iPod touch, with a larger 2.5-inch touchscreen and a home button. The new iPod nano is available in a range of colors, including silver, black, pink, blue, green, yellow, and PRODUCT (RED). The volume buttons on the side now feature a button in the center for playback control, including play/pause and track skipping.
Video playback has returned to the iPod nano, as has the FM tuner and pedometer function. The home screen has also been slightly updated, now featuring round icons instead of square ones.
Like the new iPod touch, preorders open on the 14th and it will ship in October. The new iPod nano will e only be available in one capacity: 16GB for $149.
Apple also announced a redesigned iTunes app, brand-new EarPod earbuds, and we’ve got more details on the new 9-pin Lightning connector, so check out those articles if you’re interested in the nitty gritty, too!