Let’s see here. No iPhone 5. No 4G/LTE service. Not even a new drop-dead redesign for the iPhone 4S. Yea, the most anticipated, and overhyped tech event of the year was nothing short of disappointing. So now we know the iPhone 4S will be Apple’s next-gen smartphone and will boast a number of new industry-leading mobile features, along with multi-carrier support for AT&T, Verizon, and now Sprint.
But while the Steve Job-less conference also introduced a new set of iPods and broke down the latest spec sheet for the upcoming iOS 5 platform, the industry, along with Apple fans, were less than thrilled with today’s announcements, as we anticipated for new CEO Tim Cook to break into the infamous “One more thing” schpeel and pull out the new iPhone 5, which he obviously didn’t do.
Still, aside from the new price drops for the original iPhone 4 ($99 for the 8GB) and iPhone 3GS (FREE w/ two-year contract), there were some noteworthy tidbits concerning the Cupertino clan’s newest gadgets. So with pre-orders for the iPhone 4S staring this Friday, here’s a breakdown of what to expect with Apple’s next-gen smartphone and new product/services line-up. Images credits go out to The Verge and Mashable.
• Confirmed for October 14 launch on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T
• $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), $399 (64GB)
• A5 dual-core processor
• Dual-core graphics processor (7X faster graphics)
• AirPlay: mirror presentations, games, and more.
• Wireless system: Intelligently switches between two antennas to transmit and receive.
• 8 hours of talk time on 3G
• 14 hours 2G talk
• 6 hours web browsing
• 9 hours Wi-Fi
• World phone: GSM and CDMA
• 8 MP sensor (60 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4 sensor)
• 1080p video capture with real-time video image stabilization
• Available on October 12 for FREE
• iCloud: provides free syncing of email, contacts, calendars and more for all iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion use
• iMessage: send pictures, video, text, audio and contact information for free over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
• Wi-Fi Synch and iTunes Match – transfer files and music wirelessly
• AirPlay Mirroring: broadcast mobile content onto an iPad or HDTV
• Twitter integration via Settings options
• Customizable Notifications System
• Newsstand: Apple’s new digital subscriptions platform
2011 iPod Touch
• Available on October 12 in White
• $199 (8GB), $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB)
• iOS 5 integration including iMessage
• New dual-cameras
• FaceTime Support
• New Retina Display
2011 iPod Nano
• Available right now
• $129 (8GB) and $149 (16GB)
• New swipe integration
• Watch functionality with 16 clock designs
2011 iPod Shuffle
• $49 (2GB)
• Voice-Over Navigation