Apple’s Big Announcement – The LiveBlog!

So, this happens today.

Exactly what it is we’re still not exactly sure, but the expectation is that Apple are going to announce the newest addition to the iPhone family today – the iPhone 5.

The announcement happens at 6pm UK time, and we’ll be liveblogging it right here on the MoneySupermarket.com Mobile Blog – watch this space!

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Well, it looks like that’s it folks: Thanks for sticking with us for the last two hours or so, and remember that as soon as we are able we will be offering the full range of iPhone 5 tariffs.

19.39

…And now the Foo Fighters are on stage – looks like they might be closing the show.

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It looks like Tim is wrapping up now.

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We’ve just seen the new iPod ad.

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…And they’re available in October.

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32GB Touch will cost Three hundred dollars, the 64GB costs four hundred.

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the new Nano (16GB) will cost a hundred and fifty dollars.

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The EarPods are designed with commonality in mind – designed to fit everyone’s ears.

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Or rather, Earpods.

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The Apple headphones are getting redesigned!

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If anyone is getting Site Down errors we apologise – the site is very busy!

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Oh wow, the new iPod Touch will be Siri compatible!

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Oh – it’s for adding a wrist strap.

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There’s a button on the back called the Loop. We have no idea what it does yet.

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The new Touch also features the iSight camera, and all the good stuff that comes with it.

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40 hours of battery life – a little more than the previous iPod touch.

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This is a very cute ninja.

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Next up – a game demo: Clumsy Ninja. “Clumsy Ninja is self-aware, aware of his environment, and fully interactive.” – So there we go.

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It’s got the dual core A5 processor, which should be plenty fast enough.

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It also has a 4 inch display.

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The iPod touch is 6.1mm thick – the headphone socket looks enormous!

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Next up – the iPod touch. It looks like the new iPhone…

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The Nano is Bluetooth enabled, so you should be able to stream to your car stereo.

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“It’s really beautiful, and of course that bigger screen is great for experiencing your music even better.”

Hmm.

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The New Nano will have the new Lightning connection – it looks a lot like the iPod touch.

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The Nano is being reinvented, it seems.

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Next up – the iPod.

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New iTunes arrives in late October – later than we thought.

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So if you’re watching a film on your iPhone and have to leave it, opening it on your iPad will start the film from where you paused it.

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iTunes is going to connect to iCloud – and we’re looking at movies.

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The new iTunes miniplayer looks lovely, as does search.

19.07

While the iTunes update is exciting news, that isn’t really what we’re here to discuss: What do you think of the iPhone 5 announcement? I have to say, having it come through the floor of the stage was rather exciting.

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It’s called iTunes 11, which is no surprise.

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The initial response to new iTunes is somewhat subdued – unsurprising given what we’ve already seen.

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iTunes is apparently the most popular media player in the world.

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The iPad is getting a new version of iTunes, and the Mac and PC versions are getting updated too.

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Pre-Orders start September 14th, and the phone ships on September 21st in the UK. iOS arrives on September 19.

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The iPhone 4 is now available for free on contract, and the 4S is down to .

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Cost is the same as the 4S: Two hundred dollars for 16GB. three hundred for 32GB, four hundred for 64GB – on contract.

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The phone looks very nice, but when can we get our hands on one?

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So, no wireless charging or NFC this time, unfortunately.

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LTE is potentially faster than WiFi – not sure the mobile networkswill be happy about Apple sharing that.

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We still don’t know when the phone will be available, or how much it will cost.

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We’re now seeing an iPhone promo video.

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Black or white, if you’re interested. The white has a raw aluminium back, while the black has an anodized one.

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That’s all on iOS 6 – Phil is talking us through colours.

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You can now automatically send an SMS or iMessage if you can’t take a call.

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Siri can help you book tables at restaurants quickly and easily.

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Siri will now give you movie recommendations, based on Rotten Tomatoes scores.

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Siri can now tell you how your team did last game.

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Shared photo streams. A kind of photo sharing social media network for iPhone users.

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The updates to Passbook are largely US centric.

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Next up: Passbook.

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You can now share tabs from your desktop to your phone.

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Now Safari, and its brand new full screen look.

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Youtube no longer comes as standard on the phone.

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Turn-by-turn directions – great stuff.

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Apple Maps looks exciting – it includes a POI search engine.

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iOS6 is being shown off now.

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The new device is reversible – everyone who’s ever taken three attempts to plug a USB cable in knows why that’s important.

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The iPhone 5 will have a new connector – called Lightning.

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Next up, the connector.

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Wideband audio will also feature (on supporting carriers) to make you sound more like you.

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The phone has microphones on the front, back and bottom – should lead to some pretty good noise cancelling.

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Now we’re discussing video capabilities. 1080p on the back, as well as a 720p facetime camera on the front.

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It also removes shakes and artefacts automatically.

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The resulting image is 28 megapixels. That’s crazy…

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Panorama mode is now official – at last.

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“Kids look happier” in iPhone photos. So now you know.

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The new CPU has an advanced image processor – better colour matching and 40% faster image capture.

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Expect even more Instagram users very soon.

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The camera is the same as the 4S, but with a dynamic low-light mode. It’s also thinner.

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Next we’re going to hear about iSight, and the new camera.

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It certainly looks that way. Battery life exceeds that of the 4S – see below:

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There’s a giant picture of a battery on-screen – time to talk battery life?

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Real Racing has adopted the asynchronous multiplayer model that a lot of games are switching to now.

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It looks… well, incredible.

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We’re going to see Real Racing 3, the “ultimate racing experience on iOS”.

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Rob Murray from EA is taking the stage – time to talk games, at a guess.

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It’s 2 times faster than the chip in the 4S.

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If you open up the iPhone 5 you’ll find the A6 inside it…

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Networks: the phone will be available on o2, EE, Vodafone, Orange… All the usual suspects.

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LTE is included – the iPhone 5 is indeed a 4G phone. EE can’t develop quickly enough…

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So, that screen. 44% colour saturation, less glare, thinner – and apparently they couldn’t be prouder.

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Old apps run letterboxed – but devs have said they could update “very quickly”.

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All the first-party apps seem to have been tweaked for the new screen.

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Another row of shortcuts on the frontpage – good stuff.

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1136×640 – which I believe is true 16:9 widescreen.

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The 4 inch retina screen has also just been confirmed.

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The phone is less than 8mm thick, as predicted in our video. It’s also 20% lighter, which suggests it might float away if you’re not careful.

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The phone seems to have had a two-tone makeover.

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Here’s the iPhone 5:

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The iPhone 5 is rising from the stage, in an unusual piece of theatrics from Apple.

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The new iPhone will be the iPhone 5.

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Phil is discussing how the iPhone changed mobile phones forever back in 2007.

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Phil Schiller is onstage to discuss the iPhone…

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By June 2012, Apple had sold 400 million iOS devices.

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The average user uses over 100 apps – that’s an incredible number.

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Of 700,000 App store apps, 250,000 of them have been written specifically for iPad.

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A huge number of Fortune 500 companies are either using or testing using iPads within their business.

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Apple now have 68% of the tablet market, up from 62% last year.

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17 million iPads were sold between April and June this year. That’s more than any PC manufacturer has sold – of any lineup.

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We’re on to the iPad already!

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15% of year on year growth, compared to PC’s 2% – that’s quite impressive, especially when you consider they’ve been doing it for six years now.

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Tim has started discussing Macs – 7 million downloads of Mountain Lion, making it the fastest selling Apple OS yet.

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What are you expecting to see in the new iPhone, assuming that’s what Apple show today? Post in the comments below.

18.01

Tim’s opening patter is… unusual. He’s talking about the limestone used to build a shop in Barcelona.

17.59

Tim Cook is on stage, and we have begun.

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The event is due to begin “shortly”…

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A little over 5 minutes before the beginning of Apple’s presentation – this page will refresh automatically, so you can sit back and relax…

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An awesome picture of the Lam Research Theatre, where today’s announcement will be made.
(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

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As 6pm draws closer, speculation is continuing to bubble over what Apple will be introducing to the world – and if it is an iPhone 5, what features it will have. We created our own video to discuss a few rumours that we’ve seen flying around the net, so to keep you entertained for the next few hours, sit back and enjoy…

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This is Chris, your reporter for this afternoon’s liveblog – Checking in!

2 Responses to Apple’s Big Announcement – The LiveBlog!

  1. Admin says:

    What a complete waste of paper and lack of information. What about mentioned LTE Improvements, NFC, New Earphones, Change headphone port location, iOS 6 Siri improvements etc etc….if you put more thought into this video it might actually be informative.

    • Chris says:

      Hi,

      Sorry you didn’t like the video – we just thought we’d try doing something a little different. Thanks for the reply, back when this video was created we didn’t know as much as we do now – hence this evening’s liveblog!

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