On episode 60 of inThirty we investigate the disappearance of hundreds of iPhone 5 users – apparently the new Apple Maps app is to blame for sending them off course. With the help of special guest Stephen Hackett of 512Pixels.net, we dig into the new Maps in iOS 6 and figure out that while its Flyover feature can make you feel like Super Man, it leaves a lot of users longing for Google’s more down to earth Street View. Chaim and Harry take turns giving their take on turn by turn directions and Chaim reveals that he’s always on time since he uses Google Now on his Galaxy Nexus, and Harry says who needs transit directions in Maps on iOS 6, he’s memorized the rail schedules anyway. Our thanks to Stephen for lending some southern comfort to the debate.
Get your abacus app ready because on episode 59 of inThirty we take you through iOS 6′s launch by the numbers. First we hash out how many people will be running this hexa-release of iOS on the flagship iPhone 5, and it turns out, it’ll be quite a few. Something like 2 million people sacrificed their credit card numbers to the gods of industrial design and expect to have a brand spanking new i5 at their door on September 21. We try to calculate the amount of revenue the preorders will generate for Apple but our screens can’t fit all of the digits. Next, we take you through the BOM, the bill of materials, for the new iPhone 5. We figure out how much an extra 16GB of memory, or if you’re in the 1% and opt for a 64GB iPhone, an extra 48GB of memory really costs Apple, and how much profit they squeeze out of people just so they can store all of their Angry Birds high scores on their phones. Finally, Chaim goes all Suzy Orman on us and looks at the total cost of ownership of a carrier contract subsidized iPhone purchase and compares that to buying an iPhone at, gasp, full retail cost and bringing your own plan. For the students out there we should mention: listening to this episode counts as 3 credits of undergraduate study in macroeconomics.
One, two, three, four, five, five: It’s here the sixth version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5. Tim Cook, who doubled down on secrecy, took the stage at Yerba Buena and shocked the crowd by introducing a device with a design that no one outside of Apple could have even imagined – well, at least the new iPod Nano and Touch’s designs hadn’t been spoiled by tech bloggers. Chaim is unimpressed, Harry is dying to get the five digits on his right hand around an i5, and Justin admits to having a crush on Jony Ive. We talk about the iPhone 5′s upgraded speakers, its trio of mics, the elongated screen, the sapphire lens coating and its diamond polished chamfers. Damn it has nice chamfers.
Chaim, Harry, and Justin will still be around to clean up the mess after the dust settles, and since our invitations to the event must have gotten lost in our spam folders, here are 12 ways you can catch live coverage of Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement:
Parents, you’ve got to catch episode 57 of inThirty – do you really want your son or daughter starting the school year without being able to explain the differences between the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD and the Motorola Droid RAZR HD? We didn’t think so. Chaim takes us through the ins and outs of Motorola’s new crop of devices while Harry snores. Some are shipping with Android’s latest release, Jelly Bean, but most, unforgivably, come from the factory with the out of date Ice Cream Sandwich. Harry wakes up in time to gush over Nokia’s newest Lumias, all of which sport Windows Phone 8, or at least will, when they ship, but no one knows when that’ll be. Finally, Justin longs for an Amazon based smartphone, even just so he can tear it down. Oh, and wait, isn’t Apple going to announce something in a couple of days? We cover that, too. We don’t want your kid to show up on the first day of school not knowing the specs of the iPhone 5, after all.
Apple prognosticator and inThirty contributor Drew Pitchford is laying his predictions on the line for the upcoming iPhone:
The New iPhone
- Leaked pictures accurately depict the external design including the 8 pin connector. The connector will be orientation independent.
- Thinner with front and back ﬂush with the antennae band. Guessing thinness at 7.6 mm.
- Unibody construction
- 16:9, 4 inch screen. Resolution: 1136 X 640
- 8 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture
- panorama mode for camera
- 16:9 HD video recording
- 16:9 photos
- 720p HD front camera
- Shrunken A5X chip built on the 32nm process that is being used in the revamped iPad 2.
- Better graphics than the 4S but not as good as in the new iPad.
- 9 Hours Talk time
- 6 Hours LTE browsing
- 8 Hours 3G browsing
- 10 Hours wiﬁ
- 40 Hours music
- 10 Hours video
- 250 Standby
Pricing and Storage:
- 8gb iPhone 4 free
- 8gb iPhone 4S $99
- 16gb new iPhone $199
- 32gb new iPhone $299
- 64gb new iPhone $399
All offered with 2 year contracts on Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T
The September 12 event will be limited to iPhone and iOS 6 only. No updates to iPads or iPods.
Drew’s early predictions for iOS 6 can be found here.