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News From Apple's iPhone Event 392

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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  • Re:Yawn! Who cares? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by AliasMarlowe ( 1042386 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @01:30PM (#37601334) Journal
    But why oh why must there be a slashvertisement for a media event to build hype and excitement? Whatever the product, let's wait until a few facts can be gleaned and the hype-blurb safely ignored.
    We might as well just demand equal hype for Dr. Bob's iChiropractic iApp for iOS which will iChange your iLife for the iBetter. It would be as reliable and accurate as the typical media event surrounding the launch of a mass-market consumer product.
  • Re:Wow (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Amouth ( 879122 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @01:48PM (#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.

  • by Scowler ( 667000 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @03:15PM (#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.
  • by SlowGenius ( 231663 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @03:33PM (#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.
  • Re:Wow (Score:3, Interesting)

    by demonlapin ( 527802 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2011 @09:13PM (#37607188) Homepage Journal
    To be fair, the Siri stuff is really, really cool. And it's way beyond what Android offers. The rest is just updating it to meet modern phone standards, true, but something that takes those kind of natural language queries and integrates them into the whole system is amazing. Check out the segment where he's having it read a text to him, does a schedule query, and then replies to the text - all via voice. (If you go to the Apple website and watch the video, that starts around 77:30.)

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