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News From Apple's iPhone Event 392

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Apple is currently announcing various things about a new iPhone; the CNN Live has coverage as it is happening. Watch for updates as more information comes in. For those of you who like to read instead of watch, PC Magazine is^W was^W is running a live commentary stream (it broke and then unbroke). The New York Times also has a working live stream which seems more reliable. Update: 10/04 19:04 GMT by U L :Unexpectedly, Apple did not announce an iPhone 5, but rather an incremental update. CNet has a decent article about the features of the iPhone 4S. Additionally, all major carriers except T-Mobile will be getting the phone October 14th.
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News From Apple's iPhone Event

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  • Wow (Score:5, Funny)

    by rlthomps-1 (545290) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @12:17PM (#37601150) Homepage
    Twitter reports that /. has a thread that says that CNN has some info about some iPhone stuff. A marvel of modern communication
    • that's true about twitter ... I read about it on facebook (via email).
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by noc007 (633443)

      Let's not forget about Engadget's liveblog [engadget.com] as well as the dozens that are out there. I really don't know why Apple just doesn't stream it live; the media can still do their live commentary on how awesome or boring something is.

      • Re:Wow (Score:4, Interesting)

        by Amouth (879122) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @12:48PM (#37601568)

        from a PR point it makes sense - it makes it had for you to find exact details - makes people look different places.. also gives the perception that it is larger of an even than it is. (if it was so small then a single source could handle the job easy).

        it's all part of the Reality Distortion Field Effect.

  • shocked (Score:5, Insightful)

    by w_dragon (1802458) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @12:20PM (#37601192)
    I'm shocked, utterly shocked. Oh, not about anything in the presentation, I'm shocked that Slashdot actually got this story up when the event was happening and didn't link to a recording three days from now.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Penguinisto (415985)

      Give it a couple days, then everyone can scream "dupe!"

    • by jmichaelg (148257)
      Wow! I would have been *very* impressed had the link gone to a recording three days from now. CERN only managed to get the neutrinos in 60 nanoseconds ahead of now.
  • Live? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @12:20PM (#37601200)

    Maybe we could wait until the announcement is finished for the story to get posted.

    • by idontgno (624372)

      I'm holding out hope that they'll wait for the announcement to be finished before they post the dupe.

      I'm not holding out hope that the dupe will actually contain any of the additional information. I'm pretty sure it'll just be a dupe.

    • by noc007 (633443)

      Because it's, like, live and happening now and stuff...

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by GameboyRMH (1153867)

      The Apple fetishists are more than happy to see the reveal in slo-mo.

      To me, Apple product announcements are like Hollywood movie trailers: There's no need to seek them out, they'll be shoved down your throat even if you try to avoid them.

      • To me, Apple product announcements are like Hollywood movie trailers: There's no need to seek them out, they'll be shoved down your throat even if you try to avoid them.

        something tells me you're not trying hard enough

      • Re:Live? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @02:34PM (#37603060)

        The Apple fetishists are more than happy to see the reveal in slo-mo.

        The other half are the haters that need a few minutes to cook up a rationalization of why each new feature isn't really a big deal. "7x the processing power for a device whose major selling point is the App Store? Pftbt lame."

        • Yeah the GPU blows everything else right now out of the water. The A5 is a monster, and deriving the kind of battery life Apple manages out of it with a sub 1500 mAh battery is just amazing. A lot of self-proclaimed technies don't really appreciate the design genius of Apple's engineers.
    • by ackthpt (218170)

      Maybe we could wait until the announcement is finished for the story to get posted.

      Why? Speculation is where all the excitement and fun are (aside finding the flaw, like the antenna one, later.)

      Once I see it has nothing I really need and the price (and plans) are excruciating, I go back to making tea.

    • Re:Live? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @01:14PM (#37601868)

      Why? We didn't come here for news, we're here to argue!

  • by RightSaidFred99 (874576) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @12:23PM (#37601248)
    Sales of ironically overlarge non-functional fashion glasses, skinny pants, and funny hats will concomitantly go up in direct proportion to iPhone 5 sales.
  • Streams are hosed. (Score:2, Informative)

    by Picass0 (147474)

    It seems to be all of them. Gizmodo, Ars, PCMag...

    A dull event covered poorly. Yay!

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      It seems to be all of them. Gizmodo, Ars, PCMag...

      A dull event covered poorly. Yay!

      Well there is one thing to follow - how well Tim Cook fills Steve Job's shoes. Better believe the show is more about the show and how Apple appears in it than the product(s).

  • by vlm (69642)

    The only place I can find a working text report of whats happening is Mike Elgan who seems to be liveblogging on G+.

  • by Relayman (1068986) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @12:41PM (#37601492)
    Apparently, to get the live CNN video feed, I have to install the Octoshape Grid Delivery Enhancement to Flash. No thanks. If I don't install it, I get the stream starting at the beginning.
  • "The camera app is now accessible from the lock screen. Double-tap the home button and you can go directly to the camera app, no password or anything required."

    Hmmmm......

  • Cue appleheads (Score:2, Flamebait)

    by Antisyzygy (1495469)
    Cue Apple-Head orgasms following the foreplay that is this long drawn out and annoying event.
    • And... (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Petersko (564140)
      Cue dickheads making derogatory statements about iOS device owners for no good reason other than an assumed - and misplaced - feeling of technical superiority.
  • by ad454 (325846) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @01:43PM (#37602236)

    A year and a half later, all that they can offer is a slightly better camera, faster CPU, and universal (GSM+CDMA) mobile. :(

    Most people including myself were hopefully for the thinner design, larger edge-to-edge 4 inch screen, metal back, NFC, 3D glassless display, 4G wireless data, etc. that were mentioned in the iPhone 5 rumours/hype. What a huge let down. No innovative must have features offer! Definitely not worth an update over the popular iPhone 4.

    It also sucks that you still can't play video podcasts in the iPod Nano like you used to 2 generations ago!

    In fact this entire iPhone+iPod refresh really is a big disappointment for me. I guess Apple does not think that hardware innovation is important anymore! What a great way to disappoint your fans, and have them look at other platforms that at least have some more frequent hardware improvements.

    • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @01:50PM (#37602344) Journal

      The good news is that the original iPhone 4 is now cheaper.

      If you want new features this year, I think October 11 (Google/Samsung launch party) is the place to be.

    • by Nerdfest (867930)

      Most people including myself were hopefully for the thinner design, larger edge-to-edge 4 inch screen, metal back, NFC, 3D glassless display, 4G wireless data, etc. that were mentioned in the iPhone 5 rumours/hype.

      You're in the wrong place. Try the Android section.

    • by MLCT (1148749)

      I guess Apple does not think that hardware innovation is important anymore!

      They do - just very iteratively. Why bring out one new product with new features when you can get there via three intermediaries that you can sell on to the "must have" crowd for hundreds of dollars a time.

      It is Apple tactic No. 1, and Cook is full square behind it. They haven't become the highest value tech company by being nice! Apple are having their cake and eating it - huge profit margins on products that they can "update" by making tiny changes to it and a significant proportion of their loyal f

      • by Dahamma (304068)

        Of course, putting in an A5 chip, nice 3D graphics, a much improved camera w/ 1080p video, Bluetooth 4.0, 14Mbps HSDPA, and AirPlay wireless video mirroring is a bit more than "tiny changes".

        Sounds like a solid upgrade to an existing platform. Actually, sounds more like they pretty much gutted the interior and just reused the case. None of the specs are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, but many people like their iPhones and this is a nice upgrade for most. The only people who should be whining

    • by MrCrassic (994046)

      Most people including myself were hopefully for the thinner design, larger edge-to-edge 4 inch screen, metal back, NFC, 3D glassless display, 4G wireless data, etc. that were mentioned in the iPhone 5 rumours/hype. What a huge let down. No innovative must have features offer! Definitely not worth an update over the popular iPhone 4.

      While all of this is true, the refresh will still sell like mini-hotcakes. There are the people that jump at any new revision Apple puts out, the people that can finally have an iPhone on Sprint (there are still a LOT of people on Sprint) and the folks that actually are interested in the new features it provides. This will probably be like the iPhone 3Gs release in that its announcement was a bit less bombastic as its predecessor, but still enough of a worthy upgrade for many people.

      The two problems I s

  • So Apple disappointed us with no iPhone 5 in June. Now 4 months later they disappoint again with a warmed-over iPhone 4S that might be worth getting if you have no iPhone at all, but not get locked into a new upgrade contract otherwise. Meanwhile there are multiple Android LTE choices available. Has Apple lost their magic and now just wants to squeeze out every last dollar as long as the current iPhone continues to sell? Or is Apple showing the inherent weakness of one company against everyone else when it
    • by SlowGenius (231663) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @02:33PM (#37603052) Homepage
      There was one, and only one mega-fail here. It didn't happen today. It happened when Apple made their announcement of "Let's talk iPhone" and then failed to keep expectations within line. Everybody has now been buzzing about the dual iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 announcement for the past couple of weeks. Without an iPhone 5 announcement to be made today, Apple needed to kill that rumor DEAD. Instead, they've managed to totally underwhelm the world with a new product launch for a fine incremental update for something that would have looked fairly decent if examined in its own light. Mr. Cook, I'm sorry to inform you that you just flunked the oral portion of your CEO marketing exam and that the board is likely soon going to be announcing your imminent departure from the top spot. Nice knowing you.
    • by hoppo (254995)

      Is this really any different than Apple's strategy all along? Come out with a phone, and make incremental improvements each year. Every other year (except for 1-3g jump) has been the major refresh mark. If you come out with a majorly new product each year, you stand to alienate your customer base -- the majority of customers will balk at feeling pressure to refresh their devices every year. This puts people on a 2-year track, which also coincides with the term of carrier contracts.

      And face it, Apple has nev

  • This is the longest I've ever seen their website down. Come to think of it, I've never seen it down before.

    Whoop, it's up. That was a solid 10 minutes at least.

  • First time I've seen Apple's website go down (as opposed to the store) - someone messed up when updating the store perhaps?

    http://www.apple.com/ [apple.com]
    Access Denied
    You don't have permission to access "http://www.apple.com/" on this server.
    Reference #18.47efd4d9.1317755036.25f60c38

    Anyone else seeing this?

  • Damn, the bitterness and whining in here is epic! You ponies are just the most fun I've had in eons.

    Quick! More posts about how you can completely profile a human being you have never met down to their last minor psychological trait based on what smart phone they use. That shit is hilarious!

    • by Scowler (667000) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @02:15PM (#37602782)
      It's pathetic, isn't it. In the Slashdot of old, there would be a lot of people dissecting the new features, especially Siri and the new camera, comparing those features to competitors (objectively), maybe explaining the prior art or comparative products that exist. There would still be a lot of criticism, but by and large most of it would be of the objective kind. The slashdot of now? A bitter cesspool of trollish negativity.
      • Welcome to the new internet.
        In case you have not noticed, "half" the world is on the net which means the number of morons out here quadrupled as well.
        Try to read the comments section on your favorite news site, you will understand what I mean...

        • Well, here it can be fun to watch people traffic in stereotypes (and weird oxymoron ones, like mainstream hipsters).

          On news sites it's depressing because there is discussion of actual important issues, as opposed to what gadget someone watches their German BDSM porn on (not tat I know about any of that, no sir, not me). On the Right sites it's all "Obama am teh anti-Jesus" and on the Left sites it's all "If your child shows any desired to be a businessman, kill it immediately, for it is evil, and unclean in

  • Not sure I understand the business reasons fully for not allowing T-Mobile to carry the iPhone 4S. If there was any carrier who really needs this phone they are the ones who need it most; especially in light of the fact that there is no guarantee that the AT&T / T-Mobile merger will occur. Perhaps its just sour apples on my part, since I really was hoping to finally move away from my Blackberry.
    • by Lifyre (960576)

      You could try Sprint? I'm not saying they're better (in fact from my experience there is a good reason they're failing) but you could get the iPhone without dealing with ATT or Verizon.

  • I'm glad they did not axe the iPod classic. Maybe they will reward the faithful with a quiet upgrade to 320GB since 320GB 1.8" drives have been around for a couple of years.

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