Thursday, September 13, 2012

Apple: the new gadgets

Well, Apple had a bunch of news delivered yesterday. The new iPhone was unveiled along with the new iPods and, as always, it's the story of the day. So, what do we need to know about the new Apple products?

The iPhone got a taller, 4 inch screen (1136 x 640 resolution), the first change in the screen size since 2007. It got 18% thinner and 20% lighter. This new screen allows the iPhone to be real close to having 16:9 aspect ratio. The new apps will take advantage of this, the old ones will be letterboxed. It has real 4G, with the LTE technology. A new 8 pin connector was introduced and it will be on every new Apple product (for the old ones you will need an adapter). The back doesn't have any glass. It's made of metal. It comes with iOS 6, Facebook built in and upgraded Siri. The Google maps app was replaced with their own. The pricings start at $200, plus $100 for each level (16GB, 32GB, 64GB).

To tell the truth, I wasn't that impressed with the iPhone. It's the same, but taller, thinner and faster. Not a major breakthrough, it's just Apple keeping up with the competition. And to say that it fits magically in your hand... it depends. The iPhone is too big for my hands. This one would feel like a tower!

But if the iPhone was the big gun they brought to the show, the iPods were "the other ones". The other ones that I really liked. Of course, I can only judge them for the images that I've seen. They look pretty. A bit pricy as usual, but pretty.

The new iPod Nano now has a 2.5 inch screen, full touch. It comes with a built in pedometer, radio, but no apps.

The new iPod Touch is as tall as the iPhone 5, but only 6mm thick. Talk about a diet... It's got the A5 processor, similar to the iPhone 4S. The camera does HD video as before, but it can do 5MP stills now. It comes in 5 colors and prices start at $300.