The new iPhone 5 release date rolled out today, and true to form, it's Sept. 21 as predicted by pretty much everyone in the internet. The iPhone 5 rumors proved to be amazingly spot on, most of what was theorized came about today. A few didn't. iPhone pre-order starts this Friday, Sept. 14. By the end of the year, the iPhone 5 release date will happen globally in around 100 different countries. Apple is calling it their fastest iPhone rollout ever. There's a massive iTunes 11 redesign coming too, more on that below. "The best iPhone we have ever shown" said CEO Steve Cook today.
The new iPhone will include the previously announced iOS6, which has a great features like 3D Maps with Twitter, and improved Safari with iCloud tabs and syncs your bookmarks. The four-inch iPhone 5 screen is in the 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning widescreen format for video and more screen real estate. It has 40% improved color saturation much like the iPad 3, which is stunning in its display (not to be a superfan, but the color is noticeably deep). It also has a first-time inclusion of the touch sensors being built into the screen itself (used two be two layers: screen and touch sensors), so this adds to a thinner iPhone 5.
The new iPhone 5 release has incredibly improved connections speeds, meaning faster downloads. It's the much vaunted iPhone 5 4G LTE feature, more of an industry catch up than a bold new feature. What this does mean for Apple iPhone 5 users is that sometimes the connection speed you get "out in the wild" (which is to say away from a wi-fi network) has the capability to connect faster than wi-fi speeds in some locations. Geek out on the iPhone 5 specs farther below to see what speeds and carriers are used in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.
There's a new "Lightning" connector, so the rumors on that were true. It's completely digital with an 8 signal design and it's 80% smaller. The iPhone 5 release gets the A6 processor, which means it will be ultra fast in opening apps, web browsing, playing HD video ... everything. An iSight camera has now been built in to the phone. There's an improved camera, longer battery life and improved microphone and speaker capabilities built-in, but those tend to be part of any iPhone 5 release, so they're not exactly groundbreaking but expected. The iPhone 5 projector that was rumored was nowhere to be found.
The new iPhone prices will stick with their standard approach, with new iPhone going for the iPhone 4S price, while the iPhone 4s will go down in price. This means iPhone 5 price variations are: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB. The iPhone 4S 16GB phone will now be $99.
There's a new iTunes arriving on Sept. 19 with the iOS6 release. It's a complete iTunes redesign and will completely overhaul what has been a bloated software with better speed responsive and a complete layout redesign. The left-hand iTunes menu is gone in favor of a drop-down menu, you get to see your entire music library while viewing a playlist at the same, a much needed improvement in what used to "blind" playlist building. There's improved features like "Up Next," which allows you to see the upcoming track in a playlist or party mix. For the first time, iCloud is fully integrated into iTunes. The iTunes Mini Player allows you to see must have items like current song and play control, along with a new added search feature from right in the Mini Player. There wasn’t much talk of the iTunes Store.
4G LTE wireless technology:
Dynamic antenna that switches between chips to float between different networks to maintain a connection
Works on GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA
4G LTE iPhone 5 Carriers:
USA: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon
Canada: Bell, Telus, Fido, Vigin, Kudo
Europe: Deutsche Telekom, EE
Australia: Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile
Asia: Softbank, Smartone, Singtel, SK Telecom
Up to 150Mbps connection speeds
A6 chip is 2X times faster than its previous
New camera with 8 megapixel sensor
Dynamic low light mode
Hybrid IR filter
25 % smaller
1080p HD video