Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sprint and Verizon clarify iPhone 5 plans: Sprint pre-orders begin at 12:01am Sept. 14th, Verizon requires that you pay full price to keep your unlimited data plan




Earlier this afternoon AT&T announced that it will allow its customers who are on a grandfathered unlimited data plan to keep it even when paying a subsidized price for the iPhone 5. The nation’s largest carrier looks to be taking things a different way, however. A Verizon PR representative confirmed with 9to5mac this evening that customers will only be able to keep their unlimited data plan only if they pay full price for the iPhone 5 ($649 for 16GB). Furthermore, existing Verizon customers can keep their old Nationwide Usage Based plan and won’t be forced to switch to one of Verizon’s new Share Everything Plans when buying the iPhone 5 on two-year contract. New customers will be forced to go the shared data plan route.

If you are an existing customer and want to keep your Nationwide Usage Based plan, you can keep your plan, purchase the iPhone at the discounted price with a 2 yr customer agreement. If you have a Verizon Wireless unlimited data plan, you can pay full price for your iPhone 5 and keep your unlimited data plan.

Only customers who are new to Verizon Wireless will select from Share Everything Plans.

The nation’s third-largest carrier Sprint has also detailed its iPhone 5 launch this evening. In a press release, seen below the fold, Sprint says that it will begin pre-orders at 12:01am PST on Sept. 14th, and we assume that time be the same for all parties that will make the iPhone 5 available. A 12:01am pre-order time took place for the iPhone 4S last year. Also in its press release, Sprint further touted its unlimited data plan — which may be a serious draw to some customers. Pricing for the iPhone 5 remains the same across carriers: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB — all on two-year contract. There’s also T-Mobile, who has launched a serious “save $1,200″ advertising campaign in hopes of attracting customers with unlocked iPhones.

For those who want to pick up the device in-store, Apple will be opening its retail stores at 8 am on Sept. 21st. All online orders will also be shipped that day. With pre-orders close to two days a way and information from every carrier out (except Verizon’s Facetime over 3G places) comes the serious question: which carrier will you be going with?

(Top image via Slashgear)


Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national carrier that gives customers Truly UnlimitedSM 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, today announced it will offer iPhone 5 on the Sprint network beginning on Friday, September 21. New and existing customers can pre-order iPhone 5 beginning at 12:01am PT on Friday, September 14 at www.sprint.com/iPhone.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology—all while delivering even better battery life. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages.

“iPhone 5 is packed with amazing new features and we are proud to offer Truly Unlimited data to iPhone customers so they can enjoy everything iPhone 5 has to offer on our 4G LTE network,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “Whether it’s finding a nearby restaurant with Siri, using Passbook to get organized or surfing the web, Sprint’s truly unlimited data plans provide incredible value for iPhone customers, meaning customers can make the most of iOS 6 without worrying about costly overages on their monthly bill.”

The Benefit of Unlimited Data

iPhone 5 requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans starting at just $79.99 with Truly Unlimited data, text and calling to any mobile. No throttling, no metering and no overages, all while on the Sprint network. With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.

Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 19 cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. Sprint’s build of its 4G LTE network is underway in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months include Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the nationwide build out of its all-new 3G and 4G network, a program known as Network Vision. The project also includes significant improvement in customers’ 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Committed to Customer Service

Sprint customers have access to Sprint’s Ready Now service where trained retail associates will work one-on-one with customers to personalize their iPhone and set up features like email, Web and apps before leaving the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time online.

Sprint is #1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved,, across all 47 industries measured, during the last four years, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). In addition, Sprint received the highest numerical score among full-service wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Purchase Experience Satisfaction StudySM – Vol. 2.


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iPhone 5 preorders start Sept. 14 for $199, $299, $399, ships in 9 countries on Sept. 21




Apple just confirmed pricing and availability for the new iPhone 5. Preorders for the device start Sept. 14, with pricing taking over the old iPhone 4S at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. Apple announced all models would ship Sept. 21 to the following countries: the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. More countries will also get the device on Sept. 28, and Apple plans to ship the iPhone to 100 countries and 240 carriers by December 2012. A full list of the 22 countries getting the iPhone 5 in September includes:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The 16GB iPhone 4S will remain available for $99. As for the 8GB iPhone 4, it will become free.


Apple Introduces iPhone 5

Thinnest, Lightest iPhone Ever Features All-New Aluminum Design, Stunning 4-Inch Retina Display, A6 Chip & Ultrafast Wireless
SAN FRANCISCO—September 12, 2012—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook® organization; and even more Siri® features and languages.

“iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we’ve ever created,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it.”

iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, with an all-new 7.6 mm anodized aluminum body that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. Designed with an unprecedented level of precision, iPhone 5 combines an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges and glass inlays for a truly incredible fit and finish.

The new 4-inch Retina display on iPhone 5 delivers even more pixels than iPhone 4S, making the already incredible Retina display even better. By making the screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have, while enjoying even more of your content including amazing apps optimized for the larger Retina display, widescreen HD video, a full five days of your Calendar and more of every web page.

iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.***

The all-new A6 chip was designed by Apple to maximize performance and power efficiency to support all the incredible new features in iPhone 5, including the stunning new 4-inch Retina display—all while delivering even better battery life. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, almost everything you do on iPhone 5 is blazing fast for launching apps, loading web pages and downloading email attachments.

The 8 megapixel iSight® camera is the most popular camera in the world and with iPhone 5, it’s even better. The new camera is completely redesigned with incredible optical performance, yet amazingly it’s 25 percent smaller than the camera in iPhone 4S. The new iSight camera in iPhone 5 features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images. The new panorama feature lets you capture jaw-dropping panorama images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces and the ability to take still photos as you record. A new FaceTime® HD front facing camera makes FaceTime calls incredibly clear and can also be used for self portraits and recording 720p HD video. iPhone 5 also allows you to share photos with friends and family using iCloud’s Shared Photo Streams.

iPhone 5 features the new Lightning™ connector that is smaller, smarter and more durable than the previous connector. The all-digital Lightning connector features an adaptive interface that uses only the signals that each accessory requires, and it’s reversible so you can instantly connect to your accessories. The Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter is also available to connect iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.****

iPhone 5 introduces new enhanced audio features including a new beam-forming, directional microphone system for higher quality sound, while background noise fades away with new noise canceling technology. iPhone 5 now includes support for cellular wideband audio for crisper word clarity and more natural sounding speech. Wideband audio will be supported by over 20 carriers worldwide at launch. iPhone 5 comes with the new Apple EarPods™ featuring a breakthrough design for a more natural fit and increased durability, and an incredible acoustic quality typically reserved for higher-end earphones.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new user features including: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover™ view; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center; Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings;***** Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud®.

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5 comes in either white & silver or black & slate, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14. iPhone 4S will also be available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 will be available for free with a two-year contract.****** iOS 6 software will be available on Wednesday, September 19 as a free software update.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

* LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
** Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
*** Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
**** Sold separately.
***** Not all features are supported in all countries.
****** Availability varies by carrier.


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Apple announces iPhone 5, bigger screen, 2X speed A6, aluminum and glass ‘best phone ever’




Apple executives are now live on stage at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in California, where the company just unveiled the iPhone 5.

“Today we’re introducing iPhone 5… It’s made entirely of glass and aluminum,” announced Apple Worldwide Marketing Senior Vice President Phillip Schiller. ”You see we’re able to add a fifth-row of icons.”





Additional iPhone 5 specs:

Retina display: 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display, 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, 44 percent more color saturation, 800:1 contrast ratio, and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front.
HSPA+, DC-HSDPA
LTE (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T for LTE. In Canada, Rogers, Telus, and Bell)
Wi-Fi (2.4ghz and 5ghz on 802.11n)
A6 chip (compared to the A5— it is two times faster but 22 percent smaller)
AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery: 225 hours of standby, 8 hours of LTE, 10 hours of Wi-Fi, 8 hours of 3G, and 10 hours of video.
iSight: 8-megapixel, backside flash, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, sapphire lens, f/2.4 aperture, next-generation ISP, spatial noise reduction, smart filter, better low-light performance, 40 percent faster on photo capture, and HD video recording (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio.
FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second, improved video stability, face detection, FaceTime over cellular, the ability to snap photos while shooting video, etc.
Audio system: improved speaker design—20 percent smaller speaker and wideband audio
Connector: “Lightning” (so…Apple will have Thunderbolt and Lightning), all-digital, 8-signal design, adaptive interface, improved durability and reversible.
Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
iOS 6: Passbook, GPS, Maps…( iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2… upgrade for free to iOS 6).
More specs available at Apple’s website.




Display:

“This is the most accurate display in the industry,” Schiller said. “The touch sensors are integrated into the display itself. We removed a layer and made it sharper. This is the world’s most advanced display. I could not be prouder of it.”

Camera:

“We asked our team to design something better than the iPhone 4S, and they’ve done that…8-megapixel, backside illuminated, hybrid IR filter,” Schiller said. “But they didn’t stop there. They enhanced it even further: Dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, sapphire crystal…”

Photos:

“With iOS 6 and iCloud, we have new feature called shared photo streams,” Schiller said. “But perhaps the most amazing new feature in the iPhone 5 is called ‘Panorama.’”

Audio:

“Everything has been updated in iPhone 5, and that goes for the audio system as well…Three microphones, bottom, front, and back,” Schiller said. “With wideband audio, we can fill up more of the frequency spectrum. We’ll have 20 partners on this at launch.”

iOS 6:

“iOS 6 is the most advanced OS for any phone,” Schiller said. “And it powers the iPhone 5.”

Overall:

“The iPhone 5 comes in this black color…and also white,” Schiller said. “The thinnest and lightest phone we’ve ever made.”





Availability:

iPhone 5 pre-orders start Sept.14 and ship Sept. 21 starting at $199, iPhone 4S is $99, and iPhone 4 is now free.

Stay tuned for more—Limerain is covering Apple’s Sept. 12 media event live.








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Apple Numbers: 400m iOS devices, 7 million Mountain Lion upgrades, 17 million iPads last quarter




Apple’s iPhone 5 media event just kicked off with CEO Tim Cook hitting the stage and providing some updates on numbers for various products. Among them: Mountain Lion downloads are up to 7 million since Apple announced 3 million copies in July, 17 million iPads were sold between April and June this year, and a total of 400 million iOS devices have been sold through June:

-400 million iOS devices sold through June

-83m visitors to retail stores

-380 stores

-7m copies of mountain lion

-17 million iPads last quarter

-84 million iPads sold through June

-250,000 iPad apps

-200 million iTunes in the Cloud users

-iTunes is in 63 countries

-26 million songs on iTunes/ 20 billion songs purchased

-435 million iTunes accounts with credit cards

-350 million iPods sold

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Apple unveils Lightning connector and cables




As we already unveiled prior to Apple iPhone 5 media event taking place right now, Apple today took the wraps off its new smaller dock connector and cables with new “Lightning” branding to go hand in hand with its Thunderbolt moniker. Apple confirmed today the new reversible connector includes an “all-digital, 8-signal design”, adaptive interface, and improved durability. It is also 80 percent smaller than the old connector. As previously rumored, Apple also briefly showed off a 30-pin adapter for the new dock connector but did not go into details.




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