CNET's Apple event live blog (Wednesday, September 12)

This event has concluded. Apple has officially announced the iPhone 5.

  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:32:47 PM
    Faster photo capture? 40% the iPhone 4S is already pretty snappy.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:32:51 PM
    New photo feature: Panorama
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:33:04 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:33:19 PM
    You hold your phone vertical and you sweep your scene. The camera provides feedback. You get pretty photos, Schiller offers. 28 megapixel images, so full quality.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:33:19 PM
    Big screen photos of the iPhone 5 pics. "kids look happier!"
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:33:38 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:33:49 PM
    In real-time, it takes parts of photos and stitches them together. Uses image stabilization, and removes duped people.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:34:10 PM
    Ah... a built-in panorama mode. Apps out there do this, but it's another nice feature. And takes large pics: 28 megapixel panoramics.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:34:30 PM
    Pretty neat demo shot here. Schiller points out that it's a "tough" shot because of the difference in exposure from one to the other.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:34:57 PM
    Video as well: 1080p video, the stabilization has improved. Face detection for 10 people, and now you can take photos while you're shooting video.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:35:08 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:35:18 PM
    Front camera: Now FaceTime HD camera with 720p support, backside illuminated sensor, and FaceTime works over 3G with iOS 6.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:35:35 PM
    Audio system: three microphones (up from 2) one on the bottom, one on the front, and one on the back.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:35:37 PM
    Claiming improved artifact removal (always a weird side effect of panorama)
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:35:57 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:36:05 PM
    Speaker now has 5 magnets, up from two, which is apparently better. Also uses 20% less space.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:36:29 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:36:30 PM
    Noise-canceling improved as well, Schiller says. New feature called "Wideband audio."
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:36:43 PM
    The video camera has better stabilization. And the front-facing camera is finally 720p. Small but important improvements.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:36:51 PM
    So, we'll find out soon about carriers.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:37:03 PM
    A lot of little improvements all over. Added mike, better speakers.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:37:06 PM
    Wideband fills up more of the frequency spectrum and makes voices sound more natural, Schiller says. 20 carriers will support this, including Orange in the UK. No word on U.S. carriers.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:37:10 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:37:12 PM
    New: the connector.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:37:32 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:37:41 PM
    The iPhone has used the iPod 30 pin connector, which launched in 2003. Served us well for almost a decade, Schiller says. Many things we do over the wire we now do wirelessly, he adds.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:37:54 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:38:00 PM
    "A lot's changed and it's time for the connector to involved." Called Lightning
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:38:07 PM
    Now we have Thunderbolt (the connector) and lightning.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:38:14 PM
    All-digital, 8-signal design.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:38:20 PM
    has an "Adaptive interface."
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:38:30 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:38:31 PM
    Can be plugged in in either direction. 80% smaller -- huge difference, Schiller says.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:38:45 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:38:53 PM
    Accessory makers working on it, like Bose, JBL, Bowers and WIlkins, BO.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:38:55 PM
    That 30-pin connector has been around since 2003: nearly a decade.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:39:00 PM
    Company will have an adapter.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:39:23 PM
    30 pin to Lightning adapter will let you plug in your 30 pin connector and use with a Lightning plug.
  • Scott Stein 9/12/2012 5:39:28 PM
    Yes, it is called Lightning. (Does that mean Thunderbolt support?)
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:39:32 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:39:37 PM
    No word on price on those adapters...or any of this so far.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:39:43 PM
    And iOS 6.
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:39:58 PM
    Schiller says iOS 6 is all set for the iPhone 5.
  • James Martin 9/12/2012 5:39:59 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 9/12/2012 5:40:17 PM
    We're going to see iOS 6 running on the new iPhone. To demo it is Scott Forstall, SVP of iOS software.
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