Apple has introduced the new 4G-enabled iPhone 5 with iOS 6 in San Francisco.
The new device is 18% thinner, 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S and crafted out of (what else?) glass and aluminum. It also has a bigger 4 inch Retina display.
The new Retina display runs at a resolution of 1136-by-640 resolution which is a total of 18 per cent more pixels than the iPhone 4S’s Retina display. That gives the display a PPI of 326, which is so high that your eyes can’t make out the individual pixels.
The phone’s A6 CPU has been designed by Apple to maximise performance and power efficiency, with twice the cpu and graphics performance of previous models. The 8megapixel iSight camera has also been completely re-designed to offer a new panorama feature that lets users capture images of up to 28megapixels.
Ok, so the phone is faster, lighter but how about its GPS functionality?
One of the most hyped additions to iOS 6 has been the Maps application, which includes turn-by-turn navigation, Siri, 3D building view, traffic, local search and business reviews and satellite imagery.
Wherever you need to go, your new iPhone will help you get there. You’ll enjoy interactive 3D views and the all-new flyover feature. The reports coming in from people who have used it say that the iPhone Maps application is the most beautiful and most powerful mapping service ever created.
Built by Apple from the ground up, Maps uses a vector-based engine that maintains a crisp appearance and seamless rendering, even as you zoom in and out. You know that lag that happens every time you try to zoom in on a Google map? That’s tile mapping, and it’s been frustrating users since the heyday of Mapquest.But with the new Map app from Apple that’s gone.
Vector-based type ensures that the fonts display as sharp as possible, regardless of the screen resolution or zoom level. This allows the use of smaller fonts, which further reduces clutter in the layout.
“The new 3D flyover feature is particularly impressive, and central London looks amazing, with Big Ben and other monuments in 3D you can ‘fly’ over.
The new ‘satnav’ feature also looked impressive, something which has been sorely lacking in previous versions of iOS.”
Turn-by-turn is capable of real-time traffic services as well, thanks to a crowd sourced data server that processes information received from other iPhone users in the area. Apple Maps will advise alternate routes to cut valuable minutes off of your commute.
Integration with BMW, Mercedes, Audi Honda and many more…
Among the deluge of new features Apple talked up in the keynote for WWDC, integrating Siri with cars, in conjunction with automakers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Honda, and GM, generated a lot of buzz.
Many automakers have already tried to persuade the big fruit to collaborate on in-car tech, but it was always rumored that Apple wasn’t interested.
But yes – Apple expects nine different carmakers to begin including a “Siri button” on their steering wheels within the next 12 months, the company announced last month.
The system will integrate Siri from the iPhone and iPad with Bluetooth voice command systems with the hands-free button on the steering wheel.
“Since Siri can talk back to you, you don’t need to light up the screen of the iPhone, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road,” Apple SVP Scott Forstall said.