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Apple's iPhone 5 event live coverage - read the full textThe Apple event is underway and the star of the show will be the new iPhone, though we expect to see a couple of new iPods as well. Here's the place where we'll be uploading the new info as soon as it becomes available, so make sure to keep an eye on this space. Apple doesn't do live...


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The iphone 4 is free on contract?? What does contract mean?

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  • 2012-09-16 18:40
  • tE{4

great job steve
despite all this upgrades,larger screen,faster possessor,thinner,i still think that this is not enough!my expectation was high,n seriously i will still continue using my 4s till you come up with something more unique,talk about hologram n other stuffs.
otherwise big fun though disappointed

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  • 2012-09-14 10:45
  • N9by

The Apple event is underway and the star of the show will be the new iPhone, though we expect to see a couple of new iPods as well. Here's the place where we'll be uploading the new info as soon as it becomes available, so make sure to keep an eye on this space.

Apple doesn't do live streaming, unfortunately, so we can't just embed a live video stream from the event as we usually do. Those Cupertino guy sure like being mysterious, don't they?

We've all seen the many leaked photos of various components, even whole prototypes, heard about what features the iPhone 5 will or won't have, now we're just waiting for Tim Cook to take the stage and put an end to the guesswork.

And Tim Cook is on stage!

He took some time to give us the statistics on Mac and Mountain Lion - there have been 7 million updates to Mountain Lion, Mac market share is up 27% in July.

iPads are on the rise too - 17 million were sold this quarter, bringing the total to 84 million. Their tablet market share went up from 62% to 68% over the last year and iPads account for 91% of all tablet web traffic.

There are 700,000 apps in the App Store, 250,000 of which have been "tailored" to the iPad apps. 90% of all apps are downloaded each month, with an average customer having over 100 apps.

Phil Schiller takes the stage and says "I'm here to talk about the iPhone." And goes on to introduce the iPhone 5!

It's made entirely out of aluminium. It's only 7.6mm thick - 18% thinner - and weighs 112g, 20% lighter than the 4S.

The display is a Retina, keeping the 326ppi pixel density. It's 4" big with 16:9 aspect ratio and 640x1136 resolution. The bigger screen fits five rows of icons and all the software has been updated to show more content on the screen. Old apps will be letterboxed.

The screen has better colors too, with 44% more color saturation. It features the Integrated touch display as we expected - the touch sensors are integrated right into the display. With one layer less, the screen will be sharper.

In terms of connectivity, you get HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and, of course, LTE with up to 100Mbps speeds. Apple has used a single chip for voice and data and a single radio chip. Major North America carriers are covered.

Wi-Fi supports a/b/g/n standards and goes up to 150Mbps.

The chipset is brand new - A6. It offers double the CPU and double the GPU performance. Apple seems to be using a smaller manufacturing process, because they say the chip is 22% smaller.

Apple is promising console-level graphics and showed a game demo to prove it.

How does this affect the battery? It's better than that of the 4S. The iPhone 5 will be good for up to 225 hours of standby, 8 hours of talk time over 3G, up to 8 hours of browsing over 3G or LTE.

The camera seems to be the same - 8MP BSI sensor, F/2.4 aperture and there's a sapphire crystal protecting it. Apple has made the camera 25% smaller to fit the thinner body.

Apple is promising better low-light performance thanks to a next-gen ISP. The new iPhone will capture photos 40% faster. It can do panoramas too - producing whopping 28MP images.

As far as video goes, the new iPhone shoots 1080p but boasts improved video stabilization and features face detection.

The front-facing camera has been updated to 720p - FaceTime HD. FaceTime will work over cell networks now too.

The iPhone 5 features three microphones - on the front, on the bottom and on the back. The speaker design is improved too and features a noise-cancelling earpiece and wideband audio.

Moving on to the connector - as expected, Apple has moved to a new smaller connector, called Lighting. The new connector features 8 pins and is 80% smaller. It has improved durability and is reversible (no more guessing which end is up!). For compatibility with older cables and accessories, there's an unattractive looking converter.

Apple is dedicating a lot of time to talk about their new Maps. They've got voice guided navigation, 3D and satellite imagery, 3D flyover.

Safari has been updated too, it's now got full-screen mode. And it features iCloud tabs, which works similarly to Google Chrome's tab syncing.

Siri has been enhanced as well. You can get sports scores and standings. It can also recommend movies, but that includes some usual Siri sass.

Enough software features, let's talk iPhone colors. Hold on to your hats, the iPhone 5 will come in Black and White. No big surprises here. The aluminum finish will differ between the two colors - slate for the black one and silver for the white.

The pricing for the iPhone 5 has been revealed and there's nothing surprising. You can get it for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) or $399 (64GB) on contract.

The iPhone 3GS is cut, while the 4 and 4S get a lower price. The iPhone 4 will be free on contract (8GB) model, the 4S will be $99 (16GB).

Pre-orders start this Friday and it will ship on September 21. The next wave of shipments will start on September 28.

Images courtesy of CNET

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  • 2012-09-14 06:26
  • s8FZ

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  • 2012-09-14 06:22
  • s8FZ

The Apple event is underway and the star of the show will be the new iPhone, though we expect to see a couple of new iPods as well. Here's the place where we'll be uploading the new info as soon as it becomes available, so make sure to keep an eye on this space. Apple doesn't do live...

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  • 2012-09-14 06:21
  • s8FZ

I like iphone like ............................

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  • 2012-09-14 06:20
  • s8FZ

> In reply to donal @ 2012-09-13 14:42 from Mf5j - click to readthats what my wife says

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  • 2012-09-14 01:41
  • jA3M

So basically, theyve taken the iPhone 4S and put better components in it and there you have it. iPhone 5. *Yawn* Propriety Software is for those who have no clue and have just woken up to Technology. Theyve also just learnt a new Acronym. that would be "lmao" ...

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  • 2012-09-13 17:07
  • NaT9

iphone sucks but i own more of them then most of you including ipods and ipads, i repair apple products and mobile devices i am constantly repairing apple products and as a user of android products and apple i would stick to android preferably

apple = most popular
android = best mobile operating system

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  • 2012-09-13 16:33
  • vFXn

Screen is too small

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  • 2012-09-13 16:00
  • ukCM

> In reply to sulo @ 2012-09-13 12:02 from Rxex - click to readNokia design nice phone but screw up by window os.

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  • 2012-09-13 15:08
  • TRK7

i really waiting for ur coming , come fast

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  • 2012-09-13 14:42
  • Mf5j

Bye Bye Apple,
Samsung and LG is way ahead now! :)

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  • 2012-09-13 14:05
  • 0FV3

> In reply to Truman6 @ 2012-09-13 10:36 from RIGQ - click to readI currently have a galaxy note, have had it since last year december...It doesnt lag, it has never autoshut down it dropped about twice but it still works fine. No cracks/scratches. I even updated to ICS and I still dont get any problems. Only problem I got was when I installed the ISeeYou app and it wasn't working properly in areas with lack of lighting, the front camera was not originally built for that so I cant argue that the phone is dysfunctional, since I tried to make it do something it was not created to do.

You never owned or used a galaxy note, either that or you're just too primitive to handle such a device that has so much functions xD Like i said, I've had mines for almost a year now(ICS installed about a month ago).

As for the galaxy note 2, I can only expect a better performance hardware and software wise. I'm buying the note 2 in december or november and I'll sell the current one I have now.

As for the impPhone 5? Pfft, laughable excuse for a phone...especially if its an update from a LAST YEAR MODEL. Now I see one of the reasons for apple's court shenanigans, they really dont have anything better at the moment. So much arrogance for one brand name.

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  • 2012-09-13 13:41
  • 8yUM

very very cute

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  • 2012-09-13 13:31
  • uu7W

Now this is the moment when nokia got a strong chance with lumia 920.
iphone 5 is upgraded version of 4S. very disapointed
with it's looks.
samsung is allready on the top. so finelly nokia got last chance to get a fevor.
apple May be.....RIP.....

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  • 2012-09-13 13:00
  • PSLa

its the best phone ever.....but without steve jobs applw cant innovate a new could only change the face of it.....but whatever ...i gonna buy one..!!!!

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  • 2012-09-13 12:49
  • 7tDt

hahahhaha innovation at its best, now i see why apple sued samsung they cant make a different phone apple is goin to end up like nokia if they cant come out with a different design and innovation lol

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  • 2012-09-13 12:02
  • Rxex

Looks like Apple can't improve much without Steve Jobs. Nothing special on iPhone 5. Modify a little bit here and there and rename it new model. Without Steve Jobs, Apple is nothing and now they are proving that the statement is true.

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  • 2012-09-13 11:48
  • vjwh

It's Marvelous

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  • 2012-09-13 11:29
  • vw4h

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