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ShopTo News - Apple's new iPhone launch liveblog


Apple is set to unveil the brand new iPhone at 6pm today and you can join Joe and Colin with ShopTo News's first live blog and coverage of the event.



Looking forward to getting a first glimpse of the new iPhone 5? Got an iPhone 4S and thinking of upgrading? Tell us below!

Live blog

6:02pm - And here we go! Tim Cook has taken to the stage. "It's an amazing time at Apple."

6:04pm - Apple had 83 million visitors to their 380 stores around the world last year.

6:05pm - "We've had a very busy summer for the Mac. We launched Mountain Lion. The reviews have been fantastic."

6:06pm - 7 million people have upgraded to Mountain Lion. "We' launched the new Macbook Pro and together with MacBook Air, our notebooks rank #1 in the US in marketshare for the last 3 months."

6:07pm - 17 million iPads sold between April to June. "This brings us to a total of 84m units. Shocking when you think this is a category that didn't exist two and half years ago."

6:09pm - iPad is 91% of all tablet web traffic! Tim says "I don't know what these other tablets are doing! They must be in warehouses or store shelves or maybe in peoples' bottom drawer."

6:11pm - "We've crossed 700k apps in the store"

6:13pm "250k have been tailored for the iPad. 90% of the apps in that 700k are downloaded every month. The average customer uses over 100 apps."

6:13pm - "Together with incredible products, it's helped us hit a milestone. We sold over 400m iOS devices. This is amazing!"

6:13pm - Phil Schiller is on stage to talk about the iPhone.

6:14pm - "Today we're introducing iPhone 5."

6:15pm - "It's made entirely of glass and aluminium. This was the biggest challenge our team has ever taken on, and it's simply amazing."

6:16pm - 18% thinner than iPhone 4S and 20% lighter at 112 grams. Retina display, 326 PPI. 1136 x 640 and 16:9 aspect ratio. 4 inch screen.

6:18pm - "Why did we make it that size? It's because of your hand. It should fit there. That's how we designed the iPhone 5."

6:19pm - "And all our software has been updated, You see more of your email in mail. Your calendar shows more events." 

6:21pm - The new screen has 44% more colour saturation and for the first time can show widescreen videos as they were mean to be seen.

6:22pm - "This is the most accurate display in the industry. The touch sensors are integrated right into the display itself. We removed a layer and made it sharper. This is the world's most advanced display, and I couldn't be prouder of it."

6:23pm - "We've added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and yes... LTE. (That's 4G to you and me UK folk)"

6:24pm - New Wi-Fi, 2.4ghz and 5ghz on 802.11n. 

6:25pm - "Everything has been enhanced. So what's next? The Apple A6 chip."

6:25pm - "Compared to the A5, it's two times faster. 22% smaller"

6:26pm - Rob Murray from EA Games. Gaming time people! EA are showing off Real Racing 3. We'll get a video up when we can!

6:29pm - Battery Life now. "So, you can imagine the challenge on the battery life. But we've not only matched it... we've exceeded that of the iPhone 4S." 8 hours of 3G browsing. 8 Hours of 3G talking. 42 hours of music and 10 hours of video. 

6:31pm - Camera time! "We asked our team to try and design something better than the iPhone 4S... and they've done that. 8mp, backside illuminated, hybrid IR filter..." 25% smaller and "But they didn't stop there. They enhanced it even further. Dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, sapphire crystal."

6:33pm - Apple are showing some untouched pictures with the new iPhone's camera. It's also 40% quicker with photo capturing. "But perhaps the most amazing new feature in the iPhone 5 is called panorama."

6:34pm - "It creates seamless transitions between these photos." Now this does look impressive. Pictures coming soon. 

6:35pm - New Facetime camera is HD. 1080p video, improved video stability, face detection ? you can take photos while shooting video.

6:36pm - And finally Facetime over your mobile network! 

6:37pm - "Everything has been updated in iPhone 5, and that goes for the audio system as well." Three microphones, bottom, front, and back.

6:39pm - THREE MICROPHONES. The end is nigh. 

6:39pm - New dock connector time. It's called Lightning. Think Final Fantasy XIII... "So a lot has changed, and it's time for the connector to evolve. Our new connector is called Lightning. So we have Thunderbolt and Lightning."

6:40pm - Sorely tempted to burst out into a famous Queen song.

6:41pm - YOU CAN PLUG IT IN EITHER WAY. 80% small than before. Apple are working on an adaptor for all your 30 pin accessories.

6:42pm - iOS 6 time with Scott Forstall.

6:43pm - Demo of the turn by turn GPS stuff at the moment. Thrilling stuff. New 3D maps as well which does look rather nice. galileo galileo figaro.

6:45pm - Safari in iOS 6 now features a full screen mode. "I can get back to any of my content from any of my browsers on the go, it's called iCloud tabs." In a similar fashion to Chrome between the desktop and Android.

6:47pm - And now Passbook which I'm not sure will work in the UK at iOS 6 launch. Photo Stream now.

6:50pm - "Now I'd like to show you photo stream sharing. I can just select photos and then say share..." You can pick individual people you want to share with. "They've received a push notification with those photos on their phones. You can comment on photos, your friends can, and you can like that photo." 

6:50pm - New Siri features. "Siri has also learned a lot more about movies, so I can ask 'can you recommend a good movie in theatres?" And you can use Siri to post it to Facebook.

6:51pm - "And those are just a few of the new features in iOS 6. There's some great enhancements to the phone app, including the ability to automatically send an SMS back when you can't take a call."

6:52pm - Phil is back on stage "iOS 6 is the most advanced OS for any phone. And it powers the iPhone 5."

6:52pm - You can get the iPhone 5 in black or white. 

7:02pm - Preorders are live September 14th and the iPhone 5 will ship in the UK September 21st. 

7:02pm - iOS 6 will be live September 19th. 

Edited On 12 Sep, 2012

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