12:20PM PDT - Going hands on!

11:58AM PDT - We are done!

11:54AM PDT - Making tables while the Foo Fighters play, can I always work like this?

11:51AM PDT - Intel thankfully didn't schedule too much this morning, the big stuff comes later this afternoon

11:50AM PDT - Right after this we'll go hands on with the iPhone 5, before hurrying back to IDF for the rest of the day

11:50AM PDT - More Foo Fighters, not going to live blog the lyrics, my hands are enjoying a little break from the event now

11:46AM PDT - Apple's WiFi stayed up the whole time? That makes Apple and Intel both, able to do a great job of running WiFi at major events

11:46AM PDT - I switched the WiSpy DBx to 5 GHz a while back and captured, compared to 2.4 GHz much more sane.

11:45AM PDT - Refraining from doing comparative analysis on the Foo Fighters vs. The Kin from last week's Motorola/Google event

11:44AM PDT - They're playing Times Like These

11:43AM PDT - yep, Foo Fighters just rolled onto the stage, playing live now

11:43AM PDT - I'm almost as excited about the Foo Fighters as I was about the A6

11:43AM PDT - Foo Fighters about to perform?!

11:41AM PDT - (we wish we were reviewing the announcements)

11:41AM PDT - (Tim Cook, not us)

11:40AM PDT - Reviewing the announcements now

11:40AM PDT - Showing a new iPod ad

11:39AM PDT - Tim is back on stage to close things out

11:39AM PDT - Product RED models will be available for all of the iPod models

11:38AM PDT - New nano and touch available in October

11:38AM PDT - New iPod touch: 32GB/$299, 64GB $399

11:38AM PDT - 4th gen iPod touch: 16GB/$199, 32GB/$249 with iOS 6

11:38AM PDT - iPod nano - 16GB for $149

11:38AM PDT - 2GB iPod shuffle $49

11:37AM PDT - Will be included with the 5th gen iPod Touch, 7th gen iPod nano and the iPhone 5

11:37AM PDT - EarPods start shipping as a standalone accessory today

11:36AM PDT - Port in the back provides midrange frequencies, ports in the stem to provide bass

11:36AM PDT - Designed to not seal your ear but just rest nicely in there

11:36AM PDT - Spent a lot of time designing the size of the EarPods

11:34AM PDT - EarPods

11:34AM PDT - 3 years spent in designing an entirely new headphone

11:34AM PDT - "Doing a great headphone is hard"

11:34AM PDT - Shipped over 600 million sets of earbuds

11:34AM PDT - Talking about headphones

11:34AM PDT - "Since we integrate speakers into our MacBook, iPod, etc..."

11:33AM PDT - "Apple is one of the biggest provider of speakers in the world"

11:33AM PDT - Now talking about speakers

11:33AM PDT - Update the colors of the iPod shuffle to match the 7 new nano colors

11:33AM PDT - Five color options, silver, black, blue, yellow, red, each with its own color coordinated loop

11:32AM PDT - Siri is supported

11:31AM PDT - AirPlay Mirroring support

11:31AM PDT - Improved wireless: 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n up to 150Mbps, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE

11:31AM PDT - Front camera: 720p FaceTime HD, backside illumination, face detection

11:30AM PDT - 1080p HD video recording, video image stabilization, face detection

11:30AM PDT - They are definitely trying to turn this into a point and shoot replacement

11:30AM PDT - Push a button on the back of the iPod touch, it pops up and you can attach a looped wrist strap

11:30AM PDT - iPod touch loop

11:29AM PDT - Supports iPhoto from the app store

11:29AM PDT - Panorama feature is supported

11:29AM PDT - Brian: I think this is the same optical system from the 5, but same CMOS as the 4

11:28AM PDT - Significant upgrade to the camera: iSight Camera, 5MP sensor, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five element lens, f/2.4, AF, LED flash, sapphire crystal

11:28AM PDT - Now talking about iPod Touch camera

11:28AM PDT - Up to 40 hours of music playback with the new Touch, up to 8 hours of video playback

11:27AM PDT - Modeling more than just physics takes up a good amount of CPU power

11:27AM PDT - Clumsy Ninja will be out this holiday season, uses a good amount of compute if what they are saying is accurate

11:27AM PDT - Showing off Clumsy Ninja doing tricks on a trampoline

11:26AM PDT - Clumsy Ninja learns, the first time he sees a punching bag he's not good at it, but gets better over time

11:26AM PDT - Ray casting out of Clumsy Ninja's eyes, so he can "see"

11:25AM PDT - They modeled his central nervous system and a bunch of other stuff

11:25AM PDT - Clumsy Ninja is a "self aware" character

11:24AM PDT - Clumsy Ninja running on the iPod Touch

11:24AM PDT - New iPod Touch game demo time

11:24AM PDT - dual-core graphics as well, this is likely A5r2

11:23AM PDT - A5 SoC in the iPod touch, dual-core

11:23AM PDT - Nevermind!

11:23AM PDT - Aw man, no mention of silicon - have to check the website

11:23AM PDT - Exact same 4-inch Retina display from the iPhone 5

11:22AM PDT - Bottom: headphone jack, speaker and Lightning connector

11:22AM PDT - Made out of anodized aluminum

11:22AM PDT - Only 88 grams

11:21AM PDT - Brian: this is where the A5r2 will be

11:21AM PDT - iPod Touch ended up being a very popular gaming device

11:21AM PDT - Now onto the iPod touch

11:21AM PDT - 30 hours of music playback battery life

11:20AM PDT - Features all new Lightning connector

11:20AM PDT - Can wirelessly stream music to things like Jambox, car, BT headphones

11:20AM PDT - Fitness and pedometer integrated right into the nano

11:19AM PDT - Widescreen video is supported as well

11:19AM PDT - Integrated FM tuner with live pause so you can pause your FM radio and go back to previous points

11:19AM PDT - available in seven different colors with color matched wallpapers

11:18AM PDT - Home button, volume buttons

11:18AM PDT - multi-touch display

11:18AM PDT - 2.5-inch display

11:18AM PDT - 38% thinner than the previous gen iPod nano

11:18AM PDT - 5.4mm thin

11:17AM PDT - All new iPod nano, 7th generation, looks taller, bigger display

11:17AM PDT - Want to give the nano a really large display, thin, easy to use controls

11:17AM PDT - Want to reinvent the nano for its 7th generation

11:16AM PDT - Talking about the iPod nano now

11:16AM PDT - "add millions and millions to this every quarter"

11:16AM PDT - Over 350M iPods sold

11:16AM PDT - Plz no more major hardware announcements, too many things to benchmark

11:15AM PDT - Now time to talk about iPods

11:15AM PDT - New iTunes available in late October

11:15AM PDT - Brian brought a USB hub here to connect the WiSpy, USB LTE modem and more to his notebook to bring you the best coverage possible

11:14AM PDT - Brian is on photos, doing a great job, give him love up in the comments if you agree!

11:14AM PDT - I like the order of this keynote, iPhone 5 first, iTunes stuff later

11:14AM PDT - Redesigned iTunes store in the new iTunes looks like the new iTunes on the iPad (couldn't possibly fit iTunes more times into that sentence)

11:13AM PDT - Playing Avengers on iPad, can resume where you left off on your Mac using iTunes

11:13AM PDT - iCloud movies, TVs, purchases all integrated in the new iTunes

11:12AM PDT - Still waiting for Apple to talk about making the new iTunes more stable/robust

11:12AM PDT - Integrated search in the mini player

11:11AM PDT - New improved iTunes mini player

11:11AM PDT - Improved search, looks a bit like Spotlight for iTunes

11:11AM PDT - The UI looks different, clean and seems pretty neat, really more curious about performance/responsiveness of the application though

11:10AM PDT - Easy to add songs to play next

11:10AM PDT - New feature: up next, let's you see what songs are coming up next in your playlist

11:10AM PDT - Creating playlists seems pretty simple and quick now

11:09AM PDT - Playlists still on the left in playlist view

11:09AM PDT - Artists can now share photos with you through the new iTunes

11:08AM PDT - New feature called "in the store" lets you see top albums by the artist as well as other recommendations

11:08AM PDT - Clicking on an album expands songs in place

11:08AM PDT - Looks like the same launch icon, but new edge to edge application design

11:07AM PDT - New iTunes for Mac/PC demo happening right now

11:07AM PDT - for Mac/PC

11:07AM PDT - Introducing a brand new version of iTunes

11:07AM PDT - 15 billion downloads

11:07AM PDT - Over 200M customers using iTunes in the cloud

11:07AM PDT - Showing the old iTunes UI now

11:06AM PDT - ohoh talking about iTunes on Mac/PC now

11:06AM PDT - Improved search results in the new stores as well, available with iOS 6 on 9/19

11:06AM PDT - Now you can preview songs while continuing to browse the rest of the store without interrupting the preview

11:06AM PDT - Integrated Facebook likes into every product page in the new store

11:05AM PDT - I hope this means new iTunes for OS X as well

11:05AM PDT - New iTunes store on the new iPhone 5

11:05AM PDT - Same design for movies, TV shows and app store

11:05AM PDT - Everything is faster

11:05AM PDT - New iTunes store on the iPad

11:05AM PDT - Anand - I always felt weird about companies boasting about how many customers who have 1 click ordering enabled

11:04AM PDT - 435 million iTunes accounts with 1-click purchasing

11:04AM PDT - iTunes store is now available in 63 countries world wide

11:04AM PDT - 20 billion songs purchased since iTunes launched 9 years ago

11:03AM PDT - Starting with iTunes

11:03AM PDT - iPod and iTunes changes

11:03AM PDT - The iPhone 5 announcements are done

11:03AM PDT - Now onto music announcements

11:02AM PDT - Phil Schiller is off the stage, Tim Cook is back. Phil really does a great job with these things, almost perfect balance of tech specs and experience discussion

11:02AM PDT - On September 19th

11:02AM PDT - iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2 and 4th gen iPod touch will get free iOS 6 upgrades

11:02AM PDT - They all run iOS 6

11:01AM PDT - Fastest phone rollout ever

11:01AM PDT - 100 countries and 240 carriers by the end of the year

11:01AM PDT - 20 more countries a week later

11:01AM PDT - in the US, canada, UK, France, Germany, Aus, Japan, HK and Singapore

11:01AM PDT - Shipping one week later, September 21st

11:01AM PDT - Pre order starting september 14 (this friday)

11:01AM PDT - Brian: Looks like the 3GS went away, finally

11:01AM PDT - Both with a 2-year contract

11:00AM PDT - iPhone 4 8GB is free, iPhone 4S 16GB is $99

11:00AM PDT - $199 for 16GB, $299 32GB and $399 for 64GB with 2 year contract

11:00AM PDT - Same price as the 4S

11:00AM PDT - Nearing the end here, I'm guessing we'll hear about storage, pricing and availability next

11:00AM PDT - Not just the iPhone

11:00AM PDT - Apple has done a great job of pushing its suppliers across all markets

11:00AM PDT - Talking a lot about precision manufacturing here

10:59AM PDT - Variance between iPhone 5 units is now measured in microns

10:59AM PDT - Two high power cameras take pics of the housing, instantaneous analysis are done, the best match of 725 cuts is determined as the iPhone 5 heads down a conveyor belt

10:59AM PDT - Provides contrast between lightly textured back and all other surfaces

10:58AM PDT - All surfaces are machined of the enclosure, crystalline diamonds are used to polish the finish

10:57AM PDT - The video is going over iOS 6 on the iPhone 5 now

10:57AM PDT - We got a pretty cool shot of a bunch of tiny plastic aspheric lenses in a pick and place machine in the video there

10:55AM PDT - I really wish they were being more specific about the A6

10:55AM PDT - Recap video playing now about the iPhone 5

10:54AM PDT - Black iPhone 5, slate colored aluminum back, white iPhone 5 with a lighter colored black

10:50AM PDT - We're seeing all of the Siri improvements that have already been shown off previously, including better integration with places of interest, sports, and so on

10:48AM PDT - Now demonstrating Siri enhancements, including its new sports knowledge

10:47AM PDT - More iOS 6 demos

10:46AM PDT - We've seen all of this before however, nothing too new here

10:45AM PDT - Showing off iCloud tabs, now Mail

10:45AM PDT - Brian: I've been running the iOS 6 Beta for some time now and there are definitely some subtle changes here. Fingers crossed for a GM soon.

10:45AM PDT - Full screen mode now supported in iOS 6 Safari

10:45AM PDT - Now showing off Safari enhancements

10:44AM PDT - Looks like this is definitely a much newer version of iOS 6

10:44AM PDT - Brian: I checked two days ago and there wasn't Big Ben!

10:44AM PDT - Showing off flyover of Big Ben

10:43AM PDT - Brian noticed that they changed the flyover icon in the demo, "this must be a GM"

10:43AM PDT - I'm very curious about the GPU in the iPhone 5

10:43AM PDT - I'm curious about the Thunderbolt/Lightning naming similarities, clearly TB isn't supported on the iPhone 5

10:42AM PDT - Over 100M points of interest in the new maps app, free turn by turn navigation

10:41AM PDT - Showing off iOS 6 on the iPhone 5

10:41AM PDT - iOS 6 running on the iPhone 5, Scott Forstall is on stage to do the demo

10:40AM PDT - iOS6 has support for the 4-inch retina display

10:40AM PDT - (obviously)

10:40AM PDT - iOS6 runs on the iPhone 5

10:40AM PDT - No more obsoleting cars with new devices

10:40AM PDT - Can plug a 30-pin cable into it and you can plug it into your iPhone 5, will work with car connection kits, etc...

10:40AM PDT - 30-pin to Lightning adapter available

10:39AM PDT - Bose, JBL, more folks supporting it

10:39AM PDT - 80% smaller

10:39AM PDT - can plug in either direction, reversible

10:39AM PDT - adaptive interface depending on what you're plugging it into

10:39AM PDT - all digital, 8-signal design

10:39AM PDT - Lightning

10:39AM PDT - Time for the connector to evolve, new connector is called Lightning

10:38AM PDT - 4S used the 30-pin connector, first introduced in 2003

10:38AM PDT - Now time to talk about the new connector

10:38AM PDT - Sounds like Apple is taking full advantage of AMR-WB support on the new baseband

10:38AM PDT - Orange and Deutsche Telekom will support it at launch

10:38AM PDT - wideband audio fills up more of the frequency spectrum to make your voice sound more natural, 20 carriers supporting this

10:37AM PDT - wideband audio

10:37AM PDT - Makes it clearer to listen to your phone

10:37AM PDT - noise canceling earpiece

10:37AM PDT - 20% smaller speaker while sounding better

10:37AM PDT - five magnets in the transducer for the speakers (up from 2)

10:36AM PDT - Yep! Beam forming for voice recognition and Siri

10:36AM PDT - Brian thinks they are doing beam forming with the mics

10:36AM PDT - One in the bottom, front, and back

10:36AM PDT - Audio system updated as well, three microphones

10:36AM PDT - Front facing camera: 720p FaceTime HD, backside illumination, face detection, FaceTime over cellular networks

10:35AM PDT - Improved video stabilization, up to 10 faces for face detection in video, take photos while recording video

10:35AM PDT - Still take 1080p HD video recording

10:35AM PDT - Does a lot of real time processing while taking the panorama photo, the new ISP and new cores are clearly at work here

10:34AM PDT - While you're panning the phone takes slices of images, stitches them all together

10:34AM PDT - 28MP panorama images

10:34AM PDT - Tap to set a Panorama photo, sweep your scene to take the image

10:33AM PDT - Panorama feature in the iPhone 5

10:33AM PDT - Showing off photos taken with the iPhone 5

10:32AM PDT - 40% faster photo capture than the 4S

10:32AM PDT - Brian is chiming in here with camera analysis

10:32AM PDT - Better fixed pattern noise rejection using adjacent hot pixels it sounds like, new features in ISP with the A6

10:32AM PDT - Spatial noise reduction, smart filter, better low light performance, faster photo capture

10:32AM PDT - The front vertex of the camera system is topped with sapphire as well to make it resistant to scratches

10:32AM PDT - New next-generation ISP for the camera

10:31AM PDT - Apple is claiming that they will computationally combine multiple exposures to get better low light captures, all in ISP

10:31AM PDT - New features: dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, Sapphire crystal"

10:31AM PDT - 25% smaller camera design

10:30AM PDT - 8MP rear facing camera sensor (3264 x 2448), f/2.4 aperture

10:30AM PDT - Now talking about cameras

10:30AM PDT - 10 hours of video playback

10:30AM PDT - 8 hours of 3G browsing/talk time, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing

10:29AM PDT - Exceeded the battery life of the iPhone 4S

10:29AM PDT - Now talking about battery life

10:29AM PDT - Real Racing 3 coming to the app store later this year

10:26AM PDT - Real Racing 3 demo

10:26AM PDT - Rob Murray, exec producer at EA is on stage to talk about A6 performance

10:25AM PDT - Pages launch time 2.1x faster, save image from iPhoto 1.7x faster, load music app with songs 1.9x, view keynote attachment 1.7x faster vs. 4S

10:25AM PDT - 22% smaller SoC

10:25AM PDT - The A6 SoC is based on a custom Apple core dual-core ARM Cortex A15 cores

10:25AM PDT - 2x faster graphics

10:25AM PDT - 2x faster CPU

10:24AM PDT - Here we go!!

10:24AM PDT - A6 SoC!

10:24AM PDT - YES!

10:24AM PDT - "we've updated every aspect of iPhone 5"

10:24AM PDT - Getting close...

10:24AM PDT - Brian: Yes! 5GHz WiFi finally!

10:24AM PDT - Up to 150Mbps

10:24AM PDT - 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz and 5GHz

10:24AM PDT - Big list of DC-HSDPA carriers in Europe

10:24AM PDT - We missed some names in Canada

10:23AM PDT - Deutsche Telekom, EE

10:23AM PDT - Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile

10:23AM PDT - SoftBank, KDDI, kt, SKt, SmarTone, M1, SingTel

10:23AM PDT - in Canada: Rogers, Telus, Bell, fido...

10:23AM PDT - In the US: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon

10:23AM PDT - Now we're talking about carrier coverage

10:22AM PDT - Receive diversity

10:22AM PDT - "dynamic antenna"

10:22AM PDT - Single chip, single radio

10:22AM PDT - LTE category 3

10:22AM PDT - GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE all in the 5

10:21AM PDT - (still not at the big surprise yet)

10:21AM PDT - Ultrafast Wireless technology

10:21AM PDT - Now onto wireless

10:21AM PDT - "that's the first feature in the new iPhone 5"

10:21AM PDT - Less glare in sunlight, sharper image

10:21AM PDT - 30% thinner than the previous display

10:21AM PDT - Integrated touch sensors into the display itself (in-cell)

10:21AM PDT - Full sRGB color gamut!

10:20AM PDT - 44% more color saturation than the 4S display

10:20AM PDT - Showing before and after pics of updated applications that take advantage of the 5's new display

10:19AM PDT - Same is true in vertical position, black bars top/bottom for older apps

10:19AM PDT - Legacy apps run centered with black boarders on the sides

10:18AM PDT - iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, all updated as well

10:18AM PDT - Keynote, Pages, Numbers, all take advantage of the new display

10:18AM PDT - Now see a 5 day workweek in horizontal mode on the 5 due to the higher resolution

10:18AM PDT - Safari, Mail, Calendar, all updated to take advantage of the new screen

10:18AM PDT - We are able to add a 5th row of icons to the home screen

10:18AM PDT - Design center for the iPhone 5 is the human hand/thumb

10:17AM PDT - Same width, but taller, giving it a 16:9 aspect ratio

10:17AM PDT - 1136 x 640

10:17AM PDT - The new screen is 4-inch display

10:17AM PDT - Retina Display, 326 ppi

10:16AM PDT - 20% lighter than the 4S

10:16AM PDT - 112g

10:16AM PDT - "it's the world's thinnest smartphone"

10:16AM PDT - 7.6mm thin, 18% thinner than the 4S

10:16AM PDT - "thinnest phone we have ever made, lightest as well"

10:16AM PDT - "the hardware and software engineering that has gone into this product is the most challenging our team has ever taken on"

10:15AM PDT - Made entirely of glass and aluminum

10:15AM PDT - Hooray for China

10:15AM PDT - It looks just like the leaked chassis images

10:14AM PDT - iPhone 5 on stage now

10:14AM PDT - "today we are going to introduce iPhone 5"

10:14AM PDT - You'll find out very soon :)

10:14AM PDT - Can you guess which prediction we were too conservative on?

10:13AM PDT - Sidenote: We were conservative in our predictions of at least one aspect of today's iPhone launch

10:13AM PDT - We love Phil, he usually puts a technical spin on everything Apple announces

10:13AM PDT - Phil Schiller is taking the stage

10:13AM PDT - Here we go..."today we're taking it to the next level"

10:12AM PDT - 400 millionth iOS device sold last quarter

10:12AM PDT - That's much higher than I expected as an average downloads per user

10:12AM PDT - Average customer downloads over 100 apps

10:11AM PDT - 700K iOS apps, 250K iPad apps

10:11AM PDT - I believe the iPad discussion now is to keep it in everyone's minds as Windows 8/RT tablets prepare to launch next month

10:11AM PDT - Talking about enterprise iPad apps now, this is a big area that Microsoft hopes to go into with Windows 8 tablets

10:10AM PDT - 94% of the Fortune 500 are testing or deploying iPads within their companies

10:10AM PDT - "iPad accounts for 91% of web traffic of all tablets"

10:09AM PDT - Apple claims the latest date shows iPad has 68% market share for the past quarter

10:09AM PDT - Apple claims iPad had 62% tablet market share a year ago

10:08AM PDT - 84 million total iPads sold through June

10:08AM PDT - "we sold more iPads than any PC manufacturer has sold of their entire PC line"

10:08AM PDT - 17 Million iPads sold last quarter

10:07AM PDT - Now onto the iPad

10:07AM PDT - 27% market share

10:06AM PDT - Apple is #1 in the US notebook sales in market share for the past three months

10:06AM PDT - 7 million copies of Mountain Lion have been downloaded, fastest selling OS X of all time

10:05AM PDT - On to Mac updates

10:05AM PDT - 83M visitors to Apple stores last quarter, almost 1M visitors per day

10:05AM PDT - Apple will enter its 13th country on Friday with its first store in Sweden

10:05AM PDT - We couldn't resist bringing along our WiSpy DBx and looking at 2.4 GHz spectrum, so far it is crowded. We're on LTE dongles for this.

10:02AM PDT - Switching to local timezone :)

10:02AM PDT - We're looking at the interior of one of the newest Apple stores. Tim is talking about the glass staircase.

01:02PM EDT - Looking at a new Apple store in Barcelona

01:02PM EDT - Cook is giving us Apple retail updates

01:01PM EDT - Tim Cook is on stage

01:01PM EDT - The lights are coming down...

01:00PM EDT - We are seated!

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  • smartypnt4 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    If this crashes tomorrow, I'm going to be quite sad. I don't relish having to use a competing live blog like The Verge. I'd much rather hear Anand and/or Brian's first reaction(s) than someone from The Verge, Engadget, etc. I would say Ars is a good alternative, but they don't have the best track record for stability during these things. I'm sure Anand knew what he was doing when he decided to live blog this, so I'm sure there are precautions in place to prevent such an occurrence. I'm still worried, though.

    P.S. How many hours of sleep is Brian running on? He didn't get on a flight to SFO until 10 PST. That'll make today fun for him haha.
    Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    "If?"

    C'mon, let's be serious.
    Reply
  • Brian Klug - Sunday, September 16, 2012 - link

    I think it was like barely 3 or 4 hours. I ended up not getting my hotel room and had to run around at midnight for a while.

    -Brian
    Reply
  • Steelbom - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    Finally! My favourite review site will be covering Apple events live! :D :D :D Reply
  • dsumanik - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    so far this launch is ifail IMO

    while overall an upgrade, there is nothing in the ip5 that wasnt already known, and most of the features have been out for over a year on the android side. The only thing really nice is going to be the processor in the new iphone, i suspect its a cortex A15 beast.

    ifails:

    -no thunderbolt or usb3 sync, yet another proprietary format. Why?
    -ipod nano is a step backwards, should have stayed with old design and added BT, GPS, Wifi and made waterproof
    -iphone 5 design aesthetics questionable, not necessarily an improvement
    -same camera and storage (saving this upgrade for 5S, u think we are stupid apple?)
    -different color shuffle? OMG are u serious?
    -most upgrades coming from iOS 6, so why upgrade?
    -no NFC support
    -new form factor while thinner and lighter, not necessarily more compact.

    the new touch looks to be more of a winner than everything else, then you look at the price.

    LOLZ

    This design basically means 2 years stifled innovation from apple..cuz the 5S is just going to be more memory and a camera...MAYBE NFC... but to do NFC, they need to change the back of the phone..so not likely.

    Watch out APPLE youve left a crack for your competitors to squeeze in.

    The solid plus im seeing here is the itunes revamp, but well have to wait and see it could be slower than ever.
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  • vol7ron - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    I'm not so sure it was a fail. The phone is much thinner, faster, has a longer battery life, and support for many different frequencies (finally including LTE).

    My question is, can you take the same phone from one carrier to another? Is all their support integrated into the same chip, or is it specialized, based on the phone you buy for a particular carrier?

    As they stated, they like the way the current design is. They like the width, so they purposely tried not to change that. The phone is much thinner, so it's not the -same- camera. Also, changes in devices these days aren't going to be as impressive as they once were. We're hitting a limit in marginal returns, so either your expectations have to change, or your impression will remain constant (dissatisfied).

    There are really only two things that would make this a better hardware upgrade:
    1) Infrared support (to use a TV remote)
    2) Pico projector (to increase visual viewing size)

    But just because they can do those things now, it doesn't mean they should. It's a business and they have to plan for the future.

    For me, the current decision is do you upgrade to Apple 5, HTC OneX, or wait for the next Nexus (most likely Google-Motorola)? I think Apple has enough in this release to be a deserving upgrade (unlike the 4S), but it ultimately comes down to personal preference.
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  • vol7ron - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    Update:
    1) I read somewhere else that the Lightning is compatible with Thunderbolt - even though the blog above doesn't state it, it would justify the similarities in the name
    2) There's also the Windows products coming out.
    Reply
  • dsumanik - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    I dunno, the 5 icon rows looks too tall, how do you reach your thumb up top?

    The phone is now two handed use.

    A far more impressive feat would have been to simply fit the new display in the old chassis and lose the physical home button for good.
    Reply
  • robinthakur - Thursday, September 13, 2012 - link

    Disagree actually. Apple need to kill off the leaks from the factories as they spoil the announcements quite drastically, a bit like opening your christmas presents before the big day.

    I think the end product is impressive enough to fill the void left by my old Samsung Galaxy S 3 and ably replace the 4S and feel like an upgrade. All new features are supremely usable, not just put in for the sake of a bullet point list like Samsung's pointless features like motion controls and photoshare.

    They remind me of how phone companies used to operate when they ruled the roost before the iPhone. Pointless features you might use once and then never again.

    The hardware looks really well made also, not some shoddy thin plastic masquerading as a flagship device. The Home button on my Galaxy 3 was starting to wobble after only 3 weeks of use.

    Apple is all about Software and Hardware working together and this together with the new iTunes will be very exciting to use. Most importantly, this works with my iPad, and Hackintosh OSX box and the iCloud mean you don't need to worry about devices not being in sync, everything just works!
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  • SanX - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - link

    and see all live? Are tickets or invitations needed? Or people just stay in line? Reply

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