Wrap up: Everything Apple announced Wednesday
Apple has officially revealed the iPhone 5, but do you know what else Apple announced?
The iPhone 5 was everything we expected it to be. The latest version of the phone now comes with a larger, 4-inch screen, a new A6 processor that’s twice as fast as its predecessor, and for the first time the Apple smartphone will have 4G LTE connectivity.
Apple also claims the iPhone is the thinnest smartphone on the planet and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. The device also features Apple’s new Lightning Connector.
You can start preordering the device Friday, and it’ll be available in stores Sept. 21. The iPhone 5 is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions for $199, $299 and $399, respectively.
Apple said the 16 GB version of the iPhone 4S will now be sold for $99 while the iPhone 4 will be free from some carriers with a two-year contract. The iPhone 3GS appears to have finally been discontinued.
iPod Touch (Fifth Generation)
Apple also announced the next generation of the iPod Touch that, like its iPhone sibling, is also getting a 4-inch screen.
Siri is also heading to the new iPod Touch as is the Apple A5 chip, which will double the Touch’s processing power.
And for the first time ever, the iPod Touch will be available in colors other than black and white. Apple will sell the new iPod Touch in black, silver, blue, pink and yellow as well as a (PRODUCT) RED version.
Preorders for the Touch also start Friday, but it won’t launch until October. The 32 GB Touch will cost $299 while the 64 GB versions will go for $399.
iPod Nano (Seventh Generation)
The iPod Nano was also revamped, getting its first significant redesign since 2010.
The new Nano now features a 2.5-inch touchscreen and is ultra-thin, measuring just 5.4 mm.
Apple said the device has 16 GB of storage and comes in seven different colors as well as a (PRODUCT) RED version. The Nano will also launch next month.
On the software side of things, Apple announced iOS 6 will be available for download Sept. 19 for previous devices and come installed on the iPhone 5 and new iPod Touch.
Apple announced a redesigned iTunes will also launch in October.
The music program will feature a redesigned interface, new library views, a redesigned mini player and a redesigned iTunes Store. ITunes is also getting a new feature called Up Next that lets you see what song is playing next in a pop-up window similar to those used on the iPad.
Apple also said users will be able to instantly access new songs, shows and movies through their computers when purchased, regardless of what device you used to buy the item.
ICloud will also let you pause shows, movies and other content and remember where you left off when you watch the content on a different device.
As far as accessories, Apple introduced new earphones called EarPods, saying it’s a product the company has worked on for three years.
The new EarPods are designed to fit snug in any person’s ears and direct sound better than its competitors.
The EarPods will come with the new iPods and the iPhone 5, but are also now available for purchase for $30.
Lightning Connector (and adapter)
For the first time since at least 2003, Apple introduced a new dock connector for its mobile products. The new connector is called the Lightning and will come with the iPhone 5, new iPod Touch and new iPod Nano. It can be purchased now for $20.
And seeing as this is the first time the iPhone gets a new dock connector, Apple also launched an adapter that can also be purchased for $30. Unfortunately, the company said the adapter won’t work with every old accessory.
iPod Touch Loop
Apple also introduced a $9 accessory for the iPod Touch called the Loop. You can wear the Loop on your wrist and attach it to the iPod Touch. It won’t ship until next month.
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