Apple introduces the iPhone 5

After months of speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the much hyped next generation iPhone – the iPhone 5. As seen previously through a multitude of leaks, the iPhone 5 does indeed have a 4″ (diagonal) screen, has the same width as the iPhone 4/4S, and its body is about 18% slimmer (9.3mm vs 7.6mm) and weights 20% lighter (112g). Here are some quick stats:

  • Made entirely of glass and aluminum
  • Two toned back
  • Thinnest smartphone in the world at 7.6mm thick
  • Weights 112 grams (20% lighter than the 4S)
  • 326ppi Retina display, 4-inches. 1136 x 640 resolution
  • Screen has 44% better color saturation. Touch panel is integrated into the display (meaning its thinner, sharper and has less glare in sunlight)
  • 5 rows of icons, plus a bottom row of 4 shortcuts
  • Old apps run letterboxed
  • Runs on LTE network

Apple launches 3 new Genius Ads

If you missed Apple’s new Genius oriented ads shown during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London, here they are. The 30 second ads feature the same Apple genius character, who in various humorous situations, goes to the extra mile helping Mac customers in distress. The first (above) is dubbed “Mayday” and is my favorite of the bunch:

An Apple Genius shows a fellow passenger how easy it is to make great home movies with iMovie. All before the tray tables are returned to their upright position.

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WSJ: iPhone 5 to feature in-cell screen technology, allowing for thinner and improved display

One of the things we hear most about when it comes to the iPhone 5 is that it will sport a bigger 4″ Retina Display. The Wall Street Journal reported back in May that Apple had already begun to place orders for screens that are “at least” 4 inches diagonally for the next generation iPhone. And now the publication is reporting (along with a tweet) that the new 2012 iPhone will feature an all new touchscreen technology that will allow for the display to be even thinner. This is in line with a previous rumour that speculated the iPhone 5 will be 20% slimmer than the iPhone 4S (9.3mm vs 7.4mm).

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Google Drive app now available for iOS

Google Drive has landed on iOS. First launched by Google back in April, Drive is a cloud storage service like Dropbox that will allow its users to store their files on Google’s servers – as well as on their PCs and Macs. And with the release of the iOS app, Drive users can finally access and view their documents, images etc. on the iPhone and iPad. The app also supports offline viewing, file sharing with collaborators, starring or important files and more. If you don’t have a Drive account, you can get started here, where all new users get 5 GB free of storage space. Google Drive is a free download and now available on the App Store.

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Apple said to be planning major overhaul for iTunes later this year

Bloomberg reported earlier today that Apple will be making significant changes to iTunes for its next major release (iTunes 11?), this according to those with “direct knowledge of the matter”. As part of the overhaul, iTunes will include deeper iCloud Integration, which will help make it easier for users to access all their media files from various iDevices. Perhaps even more significant, will be an improved experience for discovering content, primarily through a new song sharing feature that would allow friends to listen for free. Currently through the (doomed) Ping service found on iTunes, users can only listen to 30 second previews of songs that have been recommended by friends.

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5 Years of the iPhone: 250 million units shipped and $150 Billion in Revenue

With a blink of an eye, the iPhone will turn 5 this week. First officially launched in the US on June 29, 2007, the iPhone entered the mobile phone market at a time when RIM and Palm (remember the Palm Treo?) were still at the top of their game. To mark the occasion, research firm Strategy Analytics have gathered some staggering numbers in their latest report: 250 million iPhones shipped and $150 billion in revenue for Apple.

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Apple releases Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad

Gearing up for the eventual release of iOS 6, Apple has released earlier today a standalone app for discovering, subscribing, and playing podcasts on your iDevice. Simply called Podcasts, the universal app will help streamline the entire podcast experience on your iPhone and iPad. Currently on iOS 5, you you can stream and listen to podcasts right from the iTunes.app, but if any were downloaded for offline listening, you’d have to make your way to the Music.app to access those files. Now with Podcasts, everything is done under one roof. An all-new “innovative” new Top Stations feature lets users find and try new podcasts from a variety of categories, including arts, business, comedy and more.

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Watch the entire WWDC 2012 Keynote online

The WWDC 2012 Keynote where Apple introduced a new line of Macbooks, OS X Mountain Lion and of course, iOS 6, has been posted online where you can watch it in its entirety. The video is nearly 2 hours long, so get ready to use the scrubber if you don’t think you can sit through it all. And for those of you interested in the awesome new Maps Apple will be implementing in iOS 6, jump ahead to the 98:50 mark to check out some of its cool features. The Keynote video can be found on Apple’s website in the Apple Events section. Do note that if you’re watching on a PC, you’ll need Quicktime installed.

 

iOS 6: All New Maps app, improved Siri, Passbook and more

Apple officially unveiled iOS 6 earlier today at the WWDC, calling it “The world’s most advanced mobile operating system”. Hardcore Android users and Google may beg to differ, but one thing’s for certain: iOS 6 will come loaded with over 200 new features, including an all-new Maps app, improved Phone functionality, a smarter and more capable Siri, and much much more. The next gen OS is set to drop this fall and will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS/4/4S, iPod Touch 4th gen, and iPad 2/3. Here are some of iOS 6′s more notable features:

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iPhone 5 specs: Analyst claims new iPhone to feature 4.08″, 16:9 screen

KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo, who AppleInsider say is known for having “sources deep within Apple’s chain”, is fully expecting that the iPhone 5 will move from its traditional 3.5″ 4:3 display to a 4″ 16:9 screen. More specifically, Kuo claims that Apple will be featuring a 4.08″ in-cell IPS panel screen with a resolution of 640 x 1136 and 500-nit brightness in its next generation iPhone. Previously, WJS had reported that the new iPhone’s screen will be “at least” 4 inches diagonally, and 9to5mac revealed that Apple had been testing out a taller display with 640 x 1136 pixels.

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