The leakers were right: Apple‘s new iPhone (yes, it’s called iPhone 5) is taller and slimmer than previous models — it’s 7.6 mm thick. It’s also 20% lighter than the previous iPhone 4s. It has a 4-inch screen which can accommodate a 5th row of icons. It works with 4G LTE wireless networks including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint and multiple providers overseas. It’s powered by a new chip, called A6, that’s smaller but more potent than the previous A5 chip. Even so, Apple says that the battery can last 8 hours during 3G talk time and browsing, 10 hours for Wi-Fi browsing and video watching, 40 hours playing music, and 225 hours on standby. The camera has modes to work better in low light and stitch images together to create a panorama view. The front camera can take 1080p HD video with image stabilization. The phones have a smaller connector, and adapters. They’ll run the iOS 6 operating systems. Apple confirms that it’s replacing Google Maps with its own Maps app that can handle turn-by-turn navigation. Users can use the Siri voice command feature to create and post messages for Facebook. Phones will come in two colors: black and white. No change in pricing from the iPhone 4s: $199 for 16 Gb of memory, $299 for 32 Gb, and $399 for 64Gb. The iPhone 4s will be available for free with new or renewed phone subscriptions. The iPhone 5 will be released September 21; consumers can pre-order on September 14. Apple expects the iPhone 5 to be in 100 countries by year end. It’s also refreshing iTunes: iCloud will be built in.
Apple also unveiled new iPods. The new nano has a 2.5-inch touch screen, it’s 5.4 millimeters thick, and has the new, small connector. It has Bluetooth, and can handle photos and widescreen videos. Like the new iPhone, the updated iPod Touch is longer and thinner with a 4-inch screen — and Siri voice commands. It will use the A5 chip. The battery can run 40 hours of music or 8 hours of video before it needs to be recharged. The iPod Touch also includes a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash — and can create panorama shots. the camera can shoot 1080p HD video. Apple’s including re-designed ear buds, called EarPods, that also can be bought separately for $29. The iPods will be out in October: The new nano with 16 Gb memory is $149. the iPod Touch with 32 Gb is $299 and a 64 Gb model is $399.