iPhone 5 Announced: Thinner, Lighter, Faster.

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After all the rumours and painfully long waits, Apple has finally launched their latest flagship, the iPhone 5, during the September 12 event scheduled earlier. The released product met with a number of leaks and rumours, even the design. However, the iPhone wasn’t the only star of the show. Apple also took the opportunity to unveil new versions of its iPod lineup, the Nano, Shuffle, and of course the Touch.
The latest iPhone 5 comes with an all new processor, the A6. Apple quotes it to be two times faster than the A5X on the new iPad, paired with a quad cored graphics chip. Apple did not disclose clock speeds and core numbers, but many believe it to be an overclocked dual core chip, with the latest Arm 15 architecture, beating Samsung and Qualcomm to releasing Krait.

The biggest talk however is the new 4 inch screen of the iPhone 5, upgraded from 3.5 inches from every previous iPhone. The resolution has also been bumped up to retain Retina status, and is now a 1130 x 640 display with an almost 16:9 ratio. Older apps will be letterboxed until they are updated to support the new display ratio. There will now be 5 rows of icons to accommodate the new real estate.

A long with that, a few other features will surely whet Apple fan boys. The front camera is now  Facetime HD, capable of 720p recording. The back camera, surprisingly, has not been changed from the iPhone 4S, with only software improvements made to enhance photo taking. Apple also took the chance to unveil new headphones, dubbed EarPort. Apple also unveiled the much leaked new charging and data transfer port, Lightning. It’s a new 8 pin dock, trimmed down from the 30 pin original from 9 years back. Pricing starts at $199 for 16GB model

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As for the iPod, the Touch is now 4″ with the A6 cpu, and it’s all new design is 6mm thin with a fully colourful aluminium backing. Now you have a variety of colours for the iPod touch. Pricing is $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB model.

The new iPod Nano comes with an all new 2.5″ touch display with home button and the Lightning port, but it doesn’t run on iOS. The new shuffle is essentially the same as the previous model except for more colour options.

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[RUMOUR]The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012

The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012 [Rumor]

September 21, 2012 is looking increasingly likely as the release date for the next-gen iPhone and upcoming iPad mini, as a new report from a trusted site pegs the date.

According to a report from Rene Richie at  iMore, sources tell them that Apple will debut the new iPhone on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, releasing it nine days later on Friday the 21st.

We’ve heard this date repeated independently three times by three different sites now, so it’s starting to look like there’s some fire accompanying the smoke.

Over the last couple of years, Apple has tended to release new iOS devices nine or ten days after they have been announced, so these two dates make internal sense. The only question is whether or not Apple would release a new iPhone before October, which is when they launched the iPhone 4S.

I think there’s a strong argument that they will. The Q3 2012 earnings call made it clear that sales of the iPhone 4S are starting to stall as more and more customers hold off and wait for the iPhone 5. Releasing the iPhone 5 in September instead of October lets Apple put iPhone 5 launch sales on its fiscal Q4 2012 earnings sheet, as well as give people more time to buy the device before Christmas.

As for the iPad mini, iMore says that they’re hearing it will be released at the same event, and will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, except scaled down to 7.85-inches. They also hear that all new iOS devices will get a 19-pin dock connector.

iOS App Of The Week For July 11, 2012

Every week, we will handpick an app from the past seven days that we believe is a must-download for your iPhone or iPad. These apps will always be from various categories, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and have been using them daily. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy!

Layout

Create beautiful framed pictures with Layout, our App of the Week.

Our App of the Week is Layout, which will definitely appeal to anyone that loves to frame their photos, such as with Diptic and PicFrame.

With Layout, users are able to arrange their photos in a grid, and the photos can be imported from you Photo Library, Facebook, Instagram, and even Flickr. Enhance your images with the built-in filters and effects to truly make your images stand out from the crowd. For even more customization, you can adjust the saturation and contrast, or even add some fun stickers and captions — these are great for cute family photos.

When your piece is done, you are able to share your Layout with friends and family through email, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. Layout also features iCloud sync, so you can store your projects and work on them from different devices — pretty nifty, right?

For $2.99, this is a great buy, and our staff has been loving this app! So make sure to try it out for yourself.

Twitter for iPhone and Android updated with expanded tweets, events, improved search & notifications

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Twitter for iPhone and Android have been updated with some new features (as well as the new Twitter bird).

Expanded tweets adds several new partners as media sources to the app just like on web. This allows you to expand more tweets on the apps to get more content. For example tweets from sites such as Vimeo and Etsy will expand to show videos or images.

Events can now be discovered in the new app, events such as twitter.com/#NASCAR on your iPhone.

Search has seen some major improvements so you will receive more suggestions when searching people by both real name and @usernames.

Notifications has also been improved. You can now get notifications from people you follow when they send a tweet or retweet. This really helps you keep on top of particular users.

iOS 6 Jailbreak Now Available

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The iPhone Dev Team announced on Tuesday that it had already jailbroken iOS 6 and now it’s available for download. As the group originally noted, the redsn0w 0.9.13dev1 doesn’t offer support for Cydia and you’ll need to use SSH to get down into your file system. The jailbreak is available for the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G and iPhone 3GS and requires tethering. We’d recommend you wait it out for an untethered version with full Cydia support, the Dev Team even calls for “developers only,” so install at your own risk.

 

New in iOS 6: Siri Now Supports Location Services Internationally

New In iOS 6: Siri Supports Location Services Internationally

Being a Malaysian, one of the most disappointing things about Siri is that it doesn’t support location services here in Malaysia.In fact, many of its feature are only available in the United States. Unlike iPhone 4S users in the United States, I can’t ask Siri to find me a nice restaurant nearby, or for the nearest gas station. However, that’s no longer the case in iOS 6, because Siri now support location services internationally.

As noted by one Reddit user, iOS 6 allows users in Australia and in the U.K. — and possibly other countries, too, though this is yet to be confirmed — to search for places nearby. Until now, this feature has been exclusive to users in the U.S. only. CultOfMac editor Killian Bell has tried out Siri’s location services in the UK and here are his findings

One thing I have found, however, is that it doesn’t seem to be quite as accurate in the U.K. For example, when I asked Siri “where can I get pizza,” its closest result was around 15 miles away. However, I know there’s a pizza shop at the end of my road. When I asked for the nearest gas station, the closest result was 46 miles away.

New In iOS 6: Siri Supports Location Services Internationally

Despite this, introducing location services internationally is at least a step in the right direction.With the introduction of Siri for iPad , it’s clear that Apple is going to constantly push Siri as far as it can. And of course, Siri is only going to get better as Apple continues to develop it. We will surely test this out when iOS 6 is available this fall.

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