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And One More Thing
September 13, 2012 - Dave Hecei
There were little surprises on Wednesday as Apple unveiled the 6th generation iPhone officially called the iPhone 5. The biggest surprise was the event wasn’t over with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 announcements. Apple did a massive ‘one more thing’ that included all new iPods.The rumors over the last couple months pretty much had everything right about the new iPhone 5. The display became taller without becoming wider giving it a true wide-screen aspect ratio. As rumored, Apple has dropped the 30-pin dock connector in favor of a new 9-pin Lightning connector and the headphone jack has moved to the bottom.
Inside, the iPhone 5 uses a new Apple mobile processor – the A6. This appears to be a dual-core processor with dual-core GPU (Graphics Processor). It has faster wireless data with LTE connectivity. For those who like using WiFi instead of their data plan, it has 802.11 a,b,g, and n at both 2.4 and 5GHz.
The front and back cameras have also been slightly improved. On the front is a HD FaceTime camera that can shoot up to 720P video. The back camera has an 8-megapixel sensor, has a new 5-element lens with a sapphire lens cover, which is supposed to be thinner and more scratch resistant than the 4S glass cover. There is also a new built-in panorama mode where you just sweep the camera across a scene and it can capture a super-wide vista.
The event really started to buzz when Apple, seemingly done, started into music and showed off new iTunes along with new iPods. This included a redesigned iPod Nano and a iPod Touch to match the new iPhone 5 design changes.
The Nano has been completely redone. No longer square, the iPod Nano is close to the size of a credit card. This allowed Apple to put in a widescreen multi-touch display. It also allowed Apple to put video playback back into the Nano.
The Touch, which has always been based on the iPhone, now has a 4-inch widescreen display. On the outside the dock connector is now the new Lightning port. While the previous Touch model had front and back cameras, they were mediocre at best. The new Touch has a front facing 1.2MP 720P camera and on the back is a 5MP camera that shoots 1080P HD video. And for the first time there is also an LED based flash. The back camera is basically an improved version of the iPhone 4 camera, which was very highly regarded.
The new Touch has something that I think puts it over the top – Siri. Yes, the sometimes funny, and sometimes genius Siri has made it to an iPod. For anyone who has been living in a cave for the last year or more, Siri is Apple voice operated digital assistant. Siri can answer your questions, serious or not, but you can also tell Siri to do something like change your meeting from 1 PM to 3PM or text you spouse that you had to stop for gas and will be a few minutes late.
The new iPod Touch is now the ultimate pocket computer. It has all the features and power of the iPhone, just without the phone and the expensive monthly service charge. Now if Apple could only add in GPS…
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