Thursday, September 13, 2012

Apple Event - Sept 12 - iPhone 5 Specs

Features of the new iPhone 5:
  • Metal back with two tones
  • Made entirely out of glass and aluminium, however, buttons are exactly in the same places.
  • 18% thinner than iPhone 4S, thinnest phone ever made by Apple (meaning thinnest iPhone ever), 7.6mm thick.
  • Weight 112 grams - 20% lighter than iPhone 4S
  • 326 Pixels per inch (PPI) same as previous iPhone.
  • New Screen - 4 inch display (diagonally 4 inch sized)
  • Exactly like the leaks, looks like all the rumours were true.
  • Pixels  1136 x 640
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Software on the phone updated - More email, more webpages in safari.
  • 5-day week view in calendar.
  • iWork apps all re-done to work with the bigger display same with iLife, iWork, iPhoto, Garageband
  • Non-updated apps: runs at the same size as it does on the phone.
  • Apps aren't stretched (forcefully) or scaledL instead it shows black borders on each side.
  • Existing app centre with black borders on the side (or top/bottom)
  • Widescreen looks better - 44% more colour saturation than iPhone 4S,
  • Touch sensors built into the display itself, 30% thinner as a result, also less prone to glare.
  • Ultrafast wireless technology
  • Congratulations  - iPhone 5 supports LTE.
  • LTE has a single chip for voice and data, single radio chip, and a "dynamic antenna" Started with the iPhone 4S, and can now switch antenna connections between different networks.
  • LTE supporting Networks:
    US: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon
    Canada: Bell, Telus, Fido, Virgin, Kudo.
    Asia: Softbank, Smartone, Singtel, SK Telecom
    Australia: Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile
    Europe: Deutsche Telekom, EE
    Lots of carriers for dual-band HDPA+
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11n 2.4GHz & 5GHz up to 150Mbps
  • New Chip - A6  2x faster than A5. 2x faster in graphics too.
  • Huge jump in performance, but 22% smaller than the A5 Chip.
  • 2.1x launch pages app, 1.7x for saving image from iPhoto app. Basically about 2x, the performance, Schiller offers.
  • 1.9x for loading Music app with songs, 1.7x for viewing a Keynote attachment.
  • Battery life is now 8 hrs 3G talktime, 3G browsing. 8hrs LTE browsing, 10 hrs Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hrs video, 40 hours Music. 225 hrs of standby.

Camera Features:
  • iSight Camera
  • 8 megapixel sensor, 3264x2448 resolution w/backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f2.4 aperture. 25 percent smaller.
  • New Dynamic Low light mode
  • Promising anywhere from 1.7 to 2.1x performance boosts launching various apps.
  • New image signal processor in the A6 chip, does spatial noise reduction, with a "smart filter" something that produces better low-light performance and captures photos faster.
  • So, the iSight camera looks similar to the iPhone 4S...with enhancements,
  • Faster photo capture? 40% the iPhone 4S is already pretty snappy.
  • New photo feature: Panorama - You hold your phone vertical and you sweep your scene. The camera provides feedback. 28 megapixel images, so full quality
  • Big screen photos of the iPhone 5 pics. "kids look happier!"
  • In real-time, it takes parts of photos and stitches them together. Uses image stabilization, and removes duped people.
  • Video as well: 1080p video, the stabilization has improved. Face detection for 10 people, and now you can take photos while you're shooting video.
  • Front camera: Now FaceTime HD camera with 720p support, backside illuminated sensor, and FaceTime works over 3G with iOS 6.

Other Features
  • 8 hours of LTE browsing...that's close to what the third-gen iPad offers, about an hour less.
  • Audio system: three microphones (up from 2) one on the bottom, one on the front, and one on the back.
  • Speaker now has 5 magnets, up from two, which is apparently better. Also uses 20% less space.
  • Wideband fills up more of the frequency spectrum and makes voices sound more natural, Schiller says. 20 carriers will support this, including Orange in the UK. No word on U.S. carriers.

New Connector Information:
  • The iPhone has used the iPod 30 pin connector, which launched in 2003. Served us well for almost a decade, Schiller says. Many things we do over the wire we now do wirelessly, he adds.
  • Now we have Thunderbolt (the connector) and lightning.
  • All-digital, 8-signal design, has an "Adaptive interface."
  • Can be plugged in in either direction. 80% smaller -- huge difference, Schiller says.
  • That 30-pin connector has been around since 2003: nearly a decade.
  • 30 pin to Lightning adapter will let you plug in your 30 pin connector and use with a Lightning plug.

iOS 6 info
  • Schiller says iOS 6 is all set for the iPhone 5.
  • We're going to see iOS 6 running on the new iPhone. 
  • iCloud tabs, which syncs up Safari bookmarks across Macs and iOS devices.
  • VIP feature in Mail.
  • You can post to Facebook via Siri. Hmm. I can imagine late-night accidents.
  • Users do that by starting out something by saying "post ______"

Looks / Feel of the new iPhone:
  • New iPhone is available in white and black.
  • The aluminum on the black is called "slate"
  • The aluminum finish is different on the white and black models: silver for white, slate for black.
  • Schiller rounding down the new features, display, LTE, A6, cameras, dock connector, iOS 6.
  • It looks like, from the side, that the new iPhone is as thin as the metal band at the center of the iPhone 4/4S.

Price Information
  • Same prices. No 128GB model.
  • 199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB
  • iPhone 4 w/8GB for free w/contract, i16GB iPhone 4S for $99.

Availability information:
  • Release: pre-order Sept. 14th
  • The free iPhone 4 takes the place of the 3GS.
  • Released Sept. 21
  • By end of year, 100 countries, 240 carriers.
  • A ton of countries will have the iPhone 5 by the end of the month.
  • iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2, and 4th gen get iOS 6 on September 19.
  • So, pre-order on Sept 14, and iOS 6 next week, a few days before the iPhone 5 goes on sale. Much like last year.