Apple launched a slew of new devices,software updates and accessories on Wednesday. The new products are the iPhone 5,music players iPod Nano and Touch,earphones called EarPods and a new connector called Lightning.
The company also announced its mobile operating system iOS6,an update to iTunes,new features for its voice recognition application Siri and the companys own maps software. Here is the lowdown on all the new things,with estimated Indian price and availability.
Latest phone is 18 per cent thinner (7.6 mm),20 per cent lighter (112 grams) than the iPhone 4S. It has a bigger 4-inch Retina Display which is supposed to give better colour saturation. The new phone also has a bigger battery,which Apple says will last for 10 hours on WiFi and 8 on 4G. The phone also has an 8-megapixel iSight camera,which can click panorama pictures. It will be available in two colours,black and white. The phone is expected to arrive in India in November and cost around Rs 45,000. However,there was no official information on pricing or availability.
Apple announced that it will discontinue the iPhone 3GS,which was available for around Rs 21,000. Price cuts are expected for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The price of the iPhone 4 is expected to be slashed to around Rs 22,000,making it the cheapest iPhone in the market. Official confirmation is awaited.
iPod Nano & Touch
The new iPod Nano is bigger than its previous generation counterpart. Its thickness is 5.4 mm and it has a 2.5-inch multi-touch display. The Nano now supports Bluetooth and comes in seven colours. The new iPod Touch has shed a lot of weight and now weighs just 88 grams. It has a 5-megapixel camera,flash and a 720-pixel front camera for FaceTime (video chat). Sources said these two products are expected to reach Indian markets in November. The iPod Nano and Touch are expected to cost around Rs 12,500 and Rs 15,000.
Apple also introduced new earphones called EarPods,which will ship with new iPods. The new earphones have a round look. Apple took three years to design these. These will be available in India next month,for Rs 2,090.
Apple introduced Lightning,its new connector,which will feature in new iPods,iPhones and iPads. Apple said the older 30-pin connector was hampering its plans to make a thinner iPhone and hence it decided to make Lightning. This connector is set to break compatibility with many accessories like iPod docks and chargers. It costs around Rs 1,600.