Tim Cook and company rocked today’s keynote. As expected, the iPhone 5s was announced with a new processor, fingerprint sensor and motion chip alongside the new cost-conscious and brightly-colored iPhone 5c.
Craig Frederhigi spent some time on Jony Ive’s upcoming iOS 7, running through the main features, most of which we’d heard back at WWDC in June, including Control Center, Search anywhere, more textured ringtones and the like.
The two new models of iPhone were the focus of today’s event. CEO Tim Cook said that the iPhone business was getting so big they decided to replace the iPhone 5 with two new models. The iPhone 5c looks to aim directly at kids and perhaps budget-conscious consumers with bright colors and the ability to purchase contrasting soft rubber cases. The iPhone 5s is a tour-de-force of new technology, including the much-anticipated fingerprint sensor, Touch ID, and the new A7 and M7 chips.
The keynote was even more densely packed with info, of course, so we’ve broken everything down into tasty, bite-size nuggets of information so you can get essentials of what happened today without having to read 30,000,000 different blog posts.
Here’s everything that Apple announced at today’s keynote:
- Coming September 18th
- Available to developers today
- Compatible with iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, iPod touch (5th gen)
- Free for all new iOS devices
- Best-selling mobile productivity apps
- iPhoto, iMovie also included for free
- All of the features announced in June at WWDC
- Siri can search tweets, Wikipedia, inline web & photo search
- New more textured ringtones, improved system alert sounds
- New “share sheet” to share stuff via Twitter or email
- iTunes Radio – 200 new features
- All the tech of the iPhone 5, but more fun, more colorful
- Green, white, blue, pink, yellow
- Entire back and sides made from one part, no seams or joins
- Hard-coated polycarbonate, steel reinforced, acts as antenna
- 4 inch retina display, integrated touch layer
- 8 megapixel camera, A6 processor, slightly larger battery
- New FaceTime HD camera, larger pixels, improved backside illumination, FaceTime audio
- More LTE bands than any other smartphone – dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Custom cases—”soft silicon rubber” that lets you see the original color underneath
- $99 for 16 GB, $199 for 32GB on a two year contract
- $29 for cases
- Pre-orders start Friday, in stores September 20th
- Will come in Space Grey, Gold, Silver
- High grade aluminum with chamfered edges
- Brand new system on a chip–A7–64 bit chip (first ever on a smartphone), will still run older 32-bit apps
- Desktop-class architecture, 2x general purpose registers. Over one billion transistors.
- Seamless developer transition
- Graphics 56x as fast as the iPhone 5, 2 times as fast speed, 40x times as fast CPU
- 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE browsing, 8 hours of 3g browsing
- $199 for 16G, 32G is $299, 64G is $399
- Arsenic free, mercury free, BFR free, PVC free, highly recyclable
- M7 coprocessor for health and fitness
- On sale Sept 20th in US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom
- 100 countries and 270 carriers by the end of the year
iPhone 5s Camera
- 5 element, Apple designed lens
- 15% larger active area on sensor
- Bigger pixels – 1.5 microns
- Sets white balance, dynamic local tone map, autofocus with 15 zones
- Takes multiple photos and picks the best
- True tonal flash – combines both flashes for the best color balance
- Auto image stabilization
- HD video – 120 fps, slow motion, 720p
- 28-megapixel panorama, adjust exposure automatically as you pan
- A key you have with you everywhere you go
- Capacitive sensor
- 170 microns
- 500 ppi resolution
- Sub-epidermal skin layer recognition
- 360˚ readability
- Built right into the home button
- Laser cut sapphire crystal, stainless steel detection ring, touch ID sensor, tactile switch
- Can use it to authenticate with iTunes Store
- Can recognize multiple fingerprints
- Fingerprints never available to other software, uploaded to Apple’s servers, or backed up to iCloud
Infinity Blade III demo onstage
- Play as one of two characters
- Big areas to explore – three times the original IB in each of the areas
- 5 times faster than iPhone 5
- Took Epic 2 hours to port to 64-bit
- Serious lens flare
- Demo is real time, nary a lag or stutter
The iPhone 5S has already been expected to feature a fingerprint sensor for months, and now The Wall Street Journal has corroborated the rumor less than 24 hours ahead of Apple’s planned unveiling of the device tomorrow. (
2 a.m 1 A.M on the 11th Sept Malaysian time).
“People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday,” according to the Journal. The second iPhone is rumored to be the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost, multi-colored iPhone 5 with a plastic back.
Apple purchased a company called AuthenTec last year that specialized in biometric security, and a patent was recently filed by Apple that details the company’s designs for a reader built into a button. It’s believed that the 5S will feature a redesigned home button with a ring around the edge that will act as a capacitive scanner.
Part of the Journal’s report notes that, “at least one new smartphone running Google Inc.’s Android operating system to be released this year will include a similar fingerprint sensor” as well.
Stay tuned for more about the event and the new iPhone 5S and 5C.
Apple’s iPhone event is happening in a fer hours time (
2 a.m 1 A.M Malaysian time, 11th Sept 2013). We are anticipating the event to be as awesome as always!
Apple’s making some huge changes to iOS this year, so what are the chances that the iPhone will undergo a similar transition? Based on what we’ve been hearing, the likelihood is pretty high; Tim Cook, Sir Jony Ive and the rest of the crew may show off not one but two new iPhone models for the very first time. We’re expecting to see both a 5S and a colorful 5C, but we’re still in the dark on when they’ll arrive, how much they cost and where they’ll be available. There’s always potential for a top-secret product nobody was anticipating, too.
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Apple will hold its next iPhont event on the 10th of September 2013 according to many sources and recently confirmed by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop (who is always right btw).
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 successor, the iPhone 5S with the likelihood of a fingerprint sensor home button and the official launch of iOS7.The iPhone 5S would probably have the same design as the iPhone 5S which actually makes the fingerprint sensor home button more doubtful. We still think that it will only come with the iPhone 6. Not the 5S. Alongside the iPhone 5S, Apple is also expected to launch a lower cost, plastic, multi-colored iPhone 5C targeted for the lower-end and emerging markets.
A new iPad which will look like a bigger iPad mini will also be announced alongside with a retina display iPad mini. But we are still doubtful that Apple will announce so many devices in one event. Probably they are going to hold another event sometime later for the iPads. We will see.
In the other hand, OS X Mavericks will probably not show up on this event. Or it will. Lets see.
Mark your calender and hope Apple will deliver yet another awesome event this time around.
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As the App Store’s fifth anniversary approaches, a whole host of developers have begun makes some of their most popular apps and games for iOS completely free. Some of the titles included in the sale are Infinity Blade II, Disney’s Where’s My Water?, and Traktor DJ, which is usually priced at $20.
It’s unclear whether the giveaways are to celebrate the App Store’s birthday, or whether the timing is just a coincidence. The Verge was first to spot the changes, and they note that none of the titles on sale have ever gone free before.
So this isn’t just your average App Store sale where the likes of EA and Gameloft make all of their older titles super cheap in an effort to boost sales. Some of the most popular iOS titles are included, such as gems like Tiny Wings and Day One, a wonderful app that makes keeping a journal super simple.
Here’s a full list of the titles that have gone free so far:
Apple hasn’t mentioned the freebies yet, and none of the apps acknowledge the reductions in their descriptions, so we can’t confirm why they’re been made free yet. But this week marks the App Store’s fifth birthday, and it certainly appears that this is part of the celebration.
If that is the case, we’d expect to see many more titles reduced in the coming days.
If you spot any other apps and games that have been made free this week, let us know in the comments section below.
Apple recently posted a video on their YouTube channel showing how iOS7 works and how beautiful and useful it is. Take a look and have an idea on how iOS7 works below:
If you missed the WWDC 2013 keynote by Apple showing of few great stuffs such as iOS 7 and the new Mac OSX together with a one of a kind Mac Pro, you can now watch it here for the full keynote. If you are only interested in the iOS7 part, forward all the way to 80 odd minutes. Have fun watching!
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