iPhone 5 Launches September 21 At $199; New iPod Nano, iPod Touch Also Revealed
Apple just wrapped up its big iPhone 5 event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, starting the show by unveiling the brand new iPhone 5 as well as a couple of smaller surprises sure to please any iOS fan.
The first thing we noticed about the new phone was its large 4" diagonal screen with a 16:9 widescreen ratio. The screen is now large without weighing down the device, and Apple mentioned the iPhone 5 is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.
The new iPhone looks downright sexy with a design that reminded us of the very first iPhone. A combination of aluminum and glass in two color combinations (black/slate and white/silver) is a move in the right aesthetic direction.
Thankfully, old apps will adapt to the widescreen easily by adding small black bars to each side of the app. Apple will do its part and update all its apps to take advantage of the larger screen, and devs are already tinkering with the SDK to update their apps for iPhone 5.
The big thing we loved hearing about was the new A6 chip under the hood of the iPhone 5. We're now looking at speeds double what we've been used to with the A5 chip, with "full console graphics" being touted by the EA rep who was there showing off Real Racing 3.
Apple also showed off a new iPod Nano (no apps or games makes this a non-starter for us) and a new iPod Touch with an improved A5 chip and the same display as on the iPhone 5. Both iPod versions will be available in multiple colors this October, with the iPod Nano clocking in at $149 and the iPod Touch starting at $299.
We're still digesting all the details of the brand new iPhone 5 and we'll have plenty of features as we get closer to its September 21 launch. iPhone 5 will be available for pre-orders this Friday (details to come), so get your computer ready for some late-night shopping, and make sure you're ready to part with $199 (for the 16gb version with a two-year contract).