I have gathered up a good overview of the new features for both iOS 6 and iPhone 5 that may be helpful from the various news and announcements earlier today.
I have compressed the information in some brief tables to better organize the information and content.
iOS 6 Cheat Sheet
This latest iOS release provides a slew of new features. While mostly geared to the consumer market, here is a possible list of business related features known at this time that may be beneficial to have knowledge of or promote.
|Availability||General public availability on September 19th. Over-The-Air upgrades on support models running iOS 5 or above.|
|Supported Models||iPhone 4S
iPhone 4 (CDMA & GSM)
iPod Touch 4th Gen
iPad 2 (WiFi, WiFi + 3G – CDMA & GSM)
iPad 3rd Gen (WiFi + CDMA & GSM)
|Non-Supported||iPad 1st Gen – Last iOS supported will be 5.1.1.|
|Developers||The Golden Master (GM) image is available starting September 12th to all developers for application testing before public availability.|
|Features||Pictures and overview: http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/
Detailed overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history
|Feature Availability||Not all the new iOS 6 features will be available in all countries such as maps, local search information, and language dictation. Please see:http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/|
|Features – Business
(in random order)
|Hands free operation:
- Siri can read items from Notification Center.
- “Eyes Free”, allowing car companies to build-in Siri integrationPassbook:
- New app that manages a user’s boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in one app.
- Passes are updated in real time if changes are made (e.g. spending money on a store card, flight time, gate change, etc.).
- Passes are location and time-based, appearing on the lock screen when relevant.
Accessibility Guided Access:
iPhone 5 Cheat Sheet
All-in-all an impressive new device it appears. A quick run down of the technical details is below, although there are some gaps that I list afterwards.
For end-users that have already chosen iOS over Android in today’s market, the iPhone 5 brings a larger screen and the same ease of use if your end-users are comfortable with the iOS platform. The LTE connectivity and faster CPU will also assist the power and information hungry end-users. All is the lightest phone device Apple has created so far.
|Availability||Pre-orders start on Friday September 14th. Shipping on September 21st in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. 22 more countries starting on September 28th.|
|Pricing||Same price as the 4S in the US. $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. iPhone 4 is now free on contract. iPhone 4S is now $99 on contract.|
|Audio – Mics||The audio system – there are three microphones. Front, bottom, and back. This is for voice recognition and noise cancelation.|
|Audio – Speaker||Five magnets in the transducer, a new speaker design, and is smaller overall — 20% smaller than the iPhone 4S speaker.|
|Audio – MO||“wideband audio” Your voice will sound more natural. It requires Mobile Operator (MO) partnership.|
|Camera – Back||8-megapixel, 3,264 x 2,448 backside-illuminated sensor, five-element lens and f/2.4 aperture. Same as the iPhone 4S but thinner.|
|Camera – Features||A new dynamic low light mode. It evaluates nearby pixels to give up to 2 f-stops greater low-light performance.
A new image processor in the A6 to reduce noise and includes a so-called “smart filter” to do better at color-matching. 40% faster image capture.
|Camera – Panorama||Panorama pictures by sweeping your phone. A 28 megapixel resulting image.
(Also supported on iPhone 4S running iOS 6, I tested it!)
|Camera – Front||The front-facing camera is now 720p, backside illuminated.|
|Video||1080p still but with better video stabilization and facial recognition.|
|Battery||8 hours of 3G or LTE talk time or browsing. 10 hours on WiFi browsing.|
|CPU||New A6 chip. 2X faster CPU and 2x graphics compared to the A5. Running 1.2 or 1.6Ghz probably.|
|Radio – WiFi||802.11a/b/g/n. Now added 5Ghz support for 802.11n together with 2.4Ghz. Up to 150Mbps.|
|Radio – MO||GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and LTE.
In the US: Sprint, AT&T and Verizion. All will support LTE.
Please see http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/ for the 3 models to choose from.
|Radio – SIM||It will use a newer “nano-SIM” instead of the current micro-SIM card. So even a tad smaller and not compatible.|
|Screen||326ppi Retina display, 4-inches. 1136 x 640 resolution. Same width, but taller.|
|Weight||Weighs 112 grams. 20% lighter than the 4S at 146 grams. 7.6mm thick, 18% thinner than before. Made entirely of glass and aluminum.|
|Case||The white version has a raw aluminum back. The black one has the black anodized backing.|
|Connector||Called “Lightning”. Adaptors will be available from the old 30-pin connector for $29 in October. Double sided, so you can plug it in either way.|
|Further information||Pictures and overview: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/|
Lacking features other devices on the market now have:
- NFC – Near Field Communications (many newer Android and Windows Phone devices)
- Wireless charging (Nokia Lumia 920)
Some brief statements from Apple:
On the Mobile Operator side:
- No China Mobile support it appears.
- No support for the 800Mhz and 2600mhz frequency bands for other countries in Europe.