Geekbench benchmarks for the new iPod touch prove Apple has made lots of improvements to the fifth-generation device, with its dual-core A5 chip making significantly faster than as its predecessor. When compared with iPhone performance, however, the iPod touch is lagging far behind.
Despite the same 800MHz processor, the new iPod touch is still slightly slower then the iPhone 4S, and not even half as fast as the iPhone 5.
The iPod touch, which has 512MB of RAM, scored 617 in the latest Geekbench tests, a big improvement over the 378 points scored by its predecessor. It’s also faster than the original iPad, which scores 454 — but didn’t quite meet the iPhone 4S, which scores 653.
As for the iPhone 5, the new iPod touch doesn’t even come close. Its dual-core A6 processor, clocked at 1300MHz, means it scores a whopping 1572 in Geekbench tests, far more than any other iOS device. Only the third-generation iPad comes remotely close, with 823 points.
While the new iPod touch may look like a great alternative to the iPhone 5 for those who don’t need the phone, then, it’s hardly going to provide you with the same experience. While the device certainly isn’t sluggish, there will be a noticeable difference at times — especially when it comes to gaming.
The Apple iPhone 5 event was packed with juicy stuffs and we are sure Apple fans will be very happy with the new iPhone 5. Yes, the iPhone 5 is announced together with lots of other stuffs. Although most of the things announced about the iPhone 5 was leaked in a way or another, this is still very exciting. Here is a highlights and list of info round up you want to know.
Here’s everything that Apple announced at today’s keynote:
New4-inch 326ppi Retina display, with 1136×640 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio
Same width, but slightly taller
A6 CPU is 2x faster than iPhone 4S A5 CPU
New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
LTE, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA cellular data and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi
Battery life has been improved to 8 hours of 3G/LTE talk time
Camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixel sensor, with hybrid IR filter, five element lens, and f/2.4 aperture
Panorama feature can create 28megapixel photos
Screen has 44% more color saturation and improved integrated touch sensors
Three new microphones on the iPhone 5 and Enhanced Audio
It’s 7.6mm thin which is 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S
At 112 grams it’s also 20% lighter than iPhone 4S
Comes in black and white at 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
Price is the same as iPhone 4S when it is first announced (expected to be RM2199)
Pre-orders start September 14th, and ship on September 21st (Singapore will be getting it on 21st September, expect Malaysia to get it on October 2012)
New 8-pin Lightning sync-cable replaces old 30-pin connector
80% smaller than the old iPod cables
An adapter will be available so you can still use old accessories with the iPhone 5
iPod Nano has been redesigned with a 2.5inch display
iPod Nano now has Bluetooth, Lightning port, widescreen video, and longer battery life
Lightning port and FM Tuner integrated to iPod Nano and it comes in 7 different colors
New iPod Touch now comes with same 4inch display as the iPhone 5, an A5 processor, and Lightning port.
iPod Touch battery life last 40 hours, and it’s got the same iPhone 5 iSight camera, and is only 6.1mm thin
There’s a new iPod Touch Loop accessory so you can wrap it around your wrist and not drop it
Siri and AirPlay mirroring comes to the iPod Touch now, along with improvements for wireless across the board
Siri is now available on the iPod Touch
2GB iPod Shuffle, RM169, 16GB iPod Nano, RM529, and new 32GB iPod Touch, RM1049 , 64GB version for RM1399, available in October.
Apple spent 3-years designing new headphones they’re calling EarPods
The EarPods are supposed to fit almost everyone’s ear and direct sound into the eardrum
They have the same inline mic and volume control point
They will be included with iPhone 5, iPod Touch and iPod and are available now.
iTunes for Mac has iCloud built-in
New edge to edge design features an album view that expands when you click on individual albums
Split screen view lets you browse your full library will adding songs to a playlist
Select “play next” to add songs to the new “Up Next” queue feature
Search has been improved for inline viewing
iTunes for iOS has been redesigned, runs across all stores, books, music and video.
iTunes for Mac store now looks similar to iOS counterpart
Facebook likes integrated into every entry
Available in late October
Maps search engine now finds points of interest and has 3D flyover views of cities
From Notification Center you can tap to Tweet or Post to Facebook
Safari now has fullscreen mode so it can use the entire display
PhotoStream lets users share photos, like, and comment on them, but it’s not integrated with Facebook
Siri has been upgraded to know more about sports, movies, restaurant reviews, Facebook integration, etc.
Apps not optimized for 16:9 aspect ratio are centered with black bars so they work as intended
Release date – September 19th (So everyone iDevices, get updated soon!!)
83 million people visit the Apple store every quarter.
7 Million copies of Mountain Lion have been downloaded so far
Apple is No. 1 in U.S. market share for notebooks for last three months
17 million iPads were sold between April and June
The iPad commands 68% of the tablet market share, but 91% of all tablet web traffic
350 million iPods have been sold to date
Apple has sold 600 million earbuds over the years
Along with 380 retail stores, Apple opened up a new store in Barcelona. It’s awesome and has gorgeous limestone.
iPhone 4 (8GB) should be priced at RM1199 contract free
iPhone 4S (16GB) should be RM1799 contract free
iPhone 3GS is no longer for sale, goodbye!
So will you get the new iPhone 5? or any of the gorgeous iPods? I am so very tempted!
Ok, not that the Samsung Galaxy SIII is unveiled, we this it is the best time to do a comparison with other flagship smartphones like the Apple iPhone 4S, HTC One X and the Nokia Lumia 900. This might let you see things clearer between these mighty smartphones. You judge for yourself. But specs does not really show the whole picture of a smartphone. But as far as we know/think/assume, the Samsung Galaxy SIII is a hell of a user-friendly phone.
Check this table out!
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Correction: The HTC One X has a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. My bad.
A Japanese site Macotakara reported that a “reliable source” claims that Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will be released in either September or October of this year.
Apple always have at least 1-year before announcing a new product of the same category each year except for last year with the iPhone 4S where it was announced only after 1 year and 3 months after iPhone 4. So a September or October release for the next iPhone is very possible.
But we cannot really predict the release date of the iPhone because Apple have once broken the rules with the iPhone 4S release.
We are sure it will be a different device in terms of both design and internal hardwares including the software but we have no idea how will it look like. But we will be very happy to have something like the concept picture above.
Apple sent out an interesting message to third-party developers today. iOS devs are now required to submit Retina display screenshots for their iPhone and iPod touch apps to the App Store. All updates to existing apps must also meet the 960×640 resolution requirement.
Not only does this new policy signal the death of 480×320 resolution apps, but it also indicates that the iPhone 3GS may not be around much longer. With Steve Job’s view on fragmentations, we see this happening very much earlier. Even before the iPhone 4S is launched.
After nearly 3 years, Apple could finally be ready to put the 3GS to bed. We think it is really time. In 2012, all iPhones available will be in Retina Display. The iPhone4 will be demoted to the position taken by iPhone3GS now, iPhone4S will be replacing the iPhone4 and the iPhone5 (or iPhone6) will be the new Apple premium smartphone.
So we shall say goodbye to our once beloved iPhone 3GS. When will we see the iPhone 5??
Maxis is offering the iPhone 4S 32GB(RRP: RM2590) for free if you sign up for the iValue 4 plans for 2 years (previously priced RM350). They are extending the promotion until 29th February 2012 for folks to enjoy this offer throughout the Chinese New Year celebration.
If you are planning to get the 32GB version of iPhone 4S, now you can save additional RM350 but you will be tied to a 2 year contract of RM375 monthly bundled with 2500 minutes of talktime, 7GB of data, 800 SMSs and 80 MMSs. If you are a heavy user, I think this is worth it. But if you are a regular user, RM375 a month is a huge amount to pay!
Still not sure which iPhone 4S plans suits you best? Click here for the plans comparison from Maxis, Digi and Celcom.
The iPhone 4S is finally launched in China. Although it is so long after the launch of the iPhone 4S in the US, the China’s launch still get a tremendous response with hundreds of people turning up and queuing up before the launch at 5 Apple Stores hoping to be the first in China to get their hands on the latest Apple smartphone.
We do not expect this when the iPhone 4S is already out for sometime now but the Chinese is always a big fan of Apple products! And with the size of the population, hundreds is not a big percentage. =)
*and we hope that Siri will be available in Mandarin or other Chinese dialects soon!