All New Apple EarPods now available for $29

First leaked a little over a week ago, Apple introduced a set of all new earphones that will replace the iconic white earbuds that ship with all iDevices. Called the “EarPods”, they took 3 years in the making and not only wears more comfortably, but they’re supposed to sound significantly better.

Unlike traditional, circular earbuds, the design of the new Apple EarPods is defined by the geometry of the ear. Which makes them more comfortable for more people than any other earbud-style headphone.

The speakers inside Apple EarPods have been engineered to minimize sound loss and maximize sound output. So you get high-quality audio that’s just as impressive as what you’d hear from more expensive headphones.

The EarPods are now available for purchase online for $29 and they’ll also come shipped with the iPhone 5, new iPod Touch and Nano. Check out Apple’s intro video below.

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iPhone 5 landing page now live, watch Apple’s intro video

Now that the media event is over, the Apple Online Store is back online , and with it, the iPhone 5 landing page. Yes it features a faster A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, an improved iSight camera and plenty more. Apple’s also included an informative video of all the new features of the next gen iPhone, along with glimpses of its design and manufacturing process. Definitely a must a watch, especially if you’re already itching to make the pre-order.

Update: We’ve embedded the iPhone 5 intro video below.

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iPhone 5 launching September 21st, pre-orders to begin on Sept 14th

Apple is calling it their “fastest phone roll-out ever”, with 100 countries and 240 carriers to receive the iPhone 5 by end of the year. On September 21st, the next gen iPhone will launch in 9 countries, including: US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Pre-orders will start this Friday, on September 14. (Contract) Pricing will be the same as the 4S: $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB.

If you don’t live in the aforementioned countries, fret not as the second wave of iPhone 5 launches will occur on Sept 28, with 22 nations being included in this round. They are:

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iPhone 5’s camera: 8 MP, 25% thinner than 4S’, and improved low light shooting

Like the new A6 processor, the iPhone 5’s camera isn’t a monumental leap over its predecessor. In fact, it’s the same 8MP, f/2.4 aperture and 5-element lens found on that of the iPhone 4S, but it’s 25% thinner to compliment the phone’s slimmer profile. Improvements come in the form of a dynamic low light mode, which gives up to 2 f-stops greater low-light performance. A new sapphire lens crystal cover is now used, and it’s more durable and clear. The A6 chip also lends a helping hand, as it further reduces noise and includes a “smart filter” for improved color matching. Oh yes, you can expect 40% faster image and video captures, and even take stills while video recording.

And for those who want to get fancy with their photography, the iPhone 5 camera features a new panorama mode. By stitching together a string of snapshots, the camera will create one large panoramic image (28 megapixel!). As for videos, the rear camera will still shoot in 1080p, but it’ll feature better video stabilization and facial recognition. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is now 720p (backside illuminated), thus giving you better Facetime resolution. Speaking of video chat, you can finally FaceTime your other half over cellular networks.

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

Hard Candy announces iPhone 5 case: ShockDrop

Leave it to Hard Candy to be one of the first accessory manufacturers to provide protection for the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5. Last year, they gambled (and lost) by mass producing cases for the iPhone 4S based on leaked designs from manufacturers in China. Sadly, the rumoured teardrop design never materialized as the 4S kept the iPhone 4’s design. This time, they’re once again betting that factory leaks will turn out to be the real deal.

“We made a bet the last time the iPhone 5 rumors were circulating (October, 2011) and we lost. This isn’t a failure, but simply part of this crazy Apple accessory business,” said Hard Candy CEO Tim Hickman. “This time we’re doubling the investment and have product ready to go. Cases are sitting in Hong Kong until we verify the fit.”

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Apple confirms ‘iPhone 5’ name via search results

With just 3 hours to go for the highly anticipated media event at 10am PST, there’s still speculation in some circles as to what Apple will be calling their new phone. The New iPhone?  Or simply the iPhone 5 as many would expect? Well it would appear that it will indeed be the latter, this according to Apple’s own search engine. With a search of ‘iPhone 5’ on, one of the results returned is:

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Apple announces September 12 (iPhone 5) event

Apple has announced the special September 12 event by way of invites to members of the press. As can be seen from invitation above, there’s a tagline “It’s almost here”, along with the number 12 and a huge shadow of ‘5’. Needless to say, this all but confirms that the iPhone 5 will officially be unveiled that day. So does this mean that the phone will be called iPhone 5 and not the ‘new iPhone’, as was the case with the most recent iPad? Judging by the image alone, it’s entirely possible that Apple will keep the numbering system with each new iPhone release.

The event will take place on Sept 12 at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts at 10:00 am. Let the count down begin.

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iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen in action [Video]

With the release of the iPhone 5 just weeks away (more specifically, on Sept 21st as rumor would have it), no doubt one of the most anticipated new features of the phone is its 4″ screen. With the larger real estate, more apps and content will naturally be squeezed in. So in case you’ve been wondering what it’ll all look like, check out this this great video MacRumours had put together. With a screen resolution of 1136×640, this video demo shows how games, apps and movies might appear on the next gen iPhone. Of course, how iOS 6 will run on the taller iPhone is purely speculative at the moment, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this mock up turns out nearly identical to the real thing.