At Apple’s ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event, Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s TownHall campus in Cupertino, in his first event since being named Apple’s CEO. Lets’ see what went down at the keynote.
iPod gets redesigned
iPod Nano gets a refresh and the new iPod Nano sports a redesigned interface with bigger icons, 16 new digitalclock faces and improved built-in fitness features. It will come in seven colours - silver, graphite, blue, green,orange and pink and will be available for $129 for the 8GB model, followed by $149 for the 16GB model.
New iPod Touch running on iOS 5 with iCloud services, will be available from October 12 in new black and whitemodels starting at $199 for 16 GB model, followed by $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model.
iPhone 4S launched
Retains the same design from iPhone 4 with an addition of Apple A5 chip (Double the Power),8 megapixel camera, 1080p video capture. It comes in black and white variants and will be available in the USfrom October 14 with pre-orders starting from October 7.
The prices will start at $199 for 8GB version, followed by $299 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB. Sprint will also begetting iPhone 4S in US this time around, along with AT&T and Verizon Wireless, calling it the World Phone.
Siri, an intelligent voice assistant has been integrated into the phone. It understands the context based on yourquestions and allows you to send messages, schedule meetings, set remainders, make phone calls or use serviceslike Yelp and Wolfram Alpha through voice. It is currently in beta and supports English, French, and Germanlanguages with more languages and services to be added over time.
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK will get the iPhone 4S from October 14 and it will berolled out to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands,Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
In the US, 8GB iPhone 4 will now be available for $99 and iPhone 3GS will be available for free with a two yearcontract.
New iOS 5 Apps
61% share in mobile browser usage in the US, with Android coming second at 31%.
An app which allows you to create and mail gorgeous cards right from your iPhone or iPod touch. Apple willprint it on a high quality 100% cotton paper and mail it. You will receive a push notification upon mail deliverythrough USPS. You can choose between 21 designs in the app. The app will be available from Oct 12 and will beavailable for $2.99 in the US, $4.99 elsewhere.
Find My Friends app:
You can locate your friends and family using this app, provided they are sharing theirlocation. Also, you can temporarily allow location sharing on your device for a specific blocks of time. At the endof the day, the location sharing stops automatically. The app also comes with some parental controls so that kidscan’t share their location with others or they cannot disable location sharing with parents and so on.
iCloud to be available for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users from October 12. This includes iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud and iTunes Match (US-only).
iPhone 5 a No-show
My only question is where’s the legendary water-drop model shape [referring to the back of the phone]? The four-inch screen?The seamless frame? Wait for the next generation of iPhone. The best product is always the next one. Yes, the iPhone 4S is pretty badass in itself, but everyone was expecting too much, so it’s hard to avoid being disappointed. The announcement of the iPhone 4S means we have to wait until next year for the iPhone 5!