Apple made its long-rumored September 10 event official today, sending out invitations to a select few in business and media. The event will showcase the new iPhone model, which is widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 5S will be physically similar to the current iPhone5 but will ship with iOS 7 and include upgrades to the camera and processor. There may also be a fingerprint reader for device security included.
In addition to the flagship 2013 iPhone, Apple is also expected to announce a second, lower-cost iPhone model, which many believe will be called the iPhone 5C. This model would feature more mid-range hardware and come in a variety of colors.
There’s only a week left for such speculation, though; the event begins next Tuesday at noon CDT.
Apple’s new iPad mini is now available at Walmart stores around the country. Pricing remains the same as the direct price: $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for 64GB of internal flash storage.
Walmart.com also has many of the new iPad mini models available, though like the retail stores, only Wi-Fi models are being sold at present. Some configurations are sold-out online, but you can also use the online tool to find out whether your local location has the model you want in stock.
So, the wait hasn’t exactly been long, but the iPhone 5 is now available for purchase in the United States. Those who were fortunate enough to pre-order in the first hour or so of availability last Friday morning should see their phones arrive sometime today; later pre-orderers will have to wait a few days or weeks. If you order now may have to wait up to a month.
If you didn’t pre-order and want a chance at nabbing an iPhone 5 today, you can try your luck at Apple, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint retail stores, or check out third-party retailers like WalMart or Best Buy.
Let the games begin…
In the most unsurprising iPhone announcement to date, Apple today unveiled its 6th Generation smartphone, the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5, which will ship Friday, September 21st, features everything we expected from the numerous leaks that preceded its announcement: a glass and aluminum shell, a 4-inch Retina touchscreen, a faster A6 processor, a smaller “Lightning” dock connector, LTE “4G” wireless support, iOS6, and improved cameras.
Pre-orders begin this Friday, likely around 12AM Pacific time. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will offer the phone for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) on contract.
The iPhone 5 will be available in either black (shown) or white. You can learn more about the iPhone 5 here.
Apple announced, as expected, iOS 6 today at WWDC. iOS 6 will be available with “over 200 new features” for select iPhones, iPads and iPod touch models in the fall.
Here’s iOS 6 in a nutshell:
New Siri Features: The new-and-improved Siri can tell you sports scores, game times and player stats, give you restaurant ratings (powered by Yelp) and make reservations, give movie ratings (powered by RottenTomatoes), actor and appearance information, dictate tweets, and launch apps. There’s also support for integration with select car companies who’ll add Siri buttons to steering wheels. Full Siri is also coming to the 3rd Gen iPad.
Facebook Integration: Facebook gets Siri support, and you can also post to Facebook from many apps. Facebook has been added to Notification Center, the App Store and iTunes, contacts, calendar, etc.
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