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Apple iPhone 5 announcement: meta-liveblog

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Apple iPhone 5 announcement: meta-liveblog
And so it has begun. The day is September 12, 2012, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to come on stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to announce the sixth-generation iPhone, reportedly called 'iPhone 5', or just iPhone.

In contrast to previous years, we've seen many leaked pictures and heard many rumors, some of which quite silly, others somewhat trustworthy, but the moment when all will become clear has finally come. Apple is no longer the one and only go-to company if you need a great smartphone. There are alternatives now with the likes of Samsung, HTC, Nokia and LG, who have come up with some lovely Android and Windows Phone offerings this year. However, one thing is certain: today, there will be no Samsung, no HTC, no Nokia, no LG. Today is iPhone day.

Welcome to our meta-liveblog, guys and gals! Together, we'll be following Apple's keynote, witnessing the announcement of the new iPhone as it unfolds. Apple's keynote will begin in about an hour, so if there's something you have to do - do it now, and be sure to come back quickly, as this will be an event you don't want to miss. Alternatively, if you don't have anything else to do, why don't you refresh your memories with our iPhone 5 rumor round-up!

The event will start at: 1PM ET | 12PM CT | 10AM PT | 6PM GMT | 7PM Central European Time.

Unfortunately, we won't be able to attend the show live, so that's why we'll be doing a meta-liveblog. Info and pictures are courtesy of TheVerge and Engadget.

Live event tracker

14:01But don't you leave PhoneArena, because we have tons of interesting coverage coming on! Thanks for being with us!
13:59OK, people, Tim Cook has officially closed the presentation, so that's a wrap!
13:59The band, that is...
13:58Well, at least it's way better than the Kin! :D
13:56
13:51In case you're wondering, it's still Foo Fighters on the stage, performing some of their hits.
13:46
13:43Foo Fighters are on stage now. Any fans?
13:42
13:41Recapping the stuff they introduced today - new iPods, new iTunes and iPhone 5.
13:40Tim Cook is back on stage.
13:40Available in October.
13:39New iPod touch will cost $299 for 32GB version, and $399 for 64GB. New iPod nano will be $149 for 16GB.
13:38
13:37The EarPods are available today, and will come bundled with the iPhone 5, iPod nano and iPod touch.
13:35The EarPods have been in the making for three years.
13:34Apple's new earphones.... the EarPods!
13:33This looks awesome.
13:32Oh boy, the new iPod touch will feature Siri. Plus, there will be five color variants of the touch.
13:31FaceTime HD camera here as well, along with upgraded Wi-Fi tech and Bluetooth 4.0.
13:29
13:28The iPod touch 5G's camera:
13:27iPod touch 5G should allow for 40 hours of music battery life.
13:25A developer is now on stage to demo a new game for the iPod touch 5G... called Clumsy Ninja.
13:24The iPod touch 5G will also feature the A5 chip. Hm... saving the A6 for the iPod touch 6G, eh?
13:226.1mm thin, 88 grams, 4" 16:9 display.
13:21
13:21Here's the new iPod touch... in its fifth generation!
13:20The new iPod nano will also feature the new Lightning connector.
13:19"One of the biggest requests we've had was for Bluetooth, so we've added it."
13:19
13:18
13:18It's a 2.5" multitouch display. Plus, there's an iPhone-like home button.
13:17Nice!
13:17The new nano will have a large display and good controls.
13:16350 million iPods sold until now.
13:16Greg Joswiak is now on stage to talk about the new iPods.
13:15The new iTunes version for PCs and Macs will be available in late October.
13:14
13:13The new desktop iTunes design is very similar to the new iOS iTunes design.
13:12iCloud will be built right into that new iTunes versions.
13:08Hey look, they are demoing it on a Mac! Surprise!
13:07They have just announced a new version of iTunes for computers.
13:07"We now have over 200m customers using iTunes in the cloud."
13:06The same goes for iBooks. The new versions of these apps will come on Sep 19, along with iOS 6.
13:05The App Store will also have an improved design.
13:05That's why they have redesigned iTunes for iOS devices.
13:0466% of iTunes music downloads are coming from iOS devices. Impressive!
13:03Eddy Cue is on stage to talk about that.
13:03New changes will now be announced to the iPod and iTunes!

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posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:04

1. TediT (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Someone knows where I can watch it live?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:06 6

2. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


watch it live here :http://absinthejailbreak.org/iphone-5-media-live-event-2012/

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:10

5. TediT (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


thanks bro! :)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:07 2

4. zzzzz (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


http://www.ustream.tv/ltktv

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:13 3

11. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Last time their "livestreaming" was just a bunch of Ustream guys in their studio, discussing the event live, but we'll see what they'll do this time.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:15

15. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 107; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


here will be better, Ray s is the one writting the live blog. he's not and icrazyfan xD (lol?)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:16

36. desijatt (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


same as rumors

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:18 1

37. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


LoL thats one ugly iFone ..

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:06

3. copales (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


WIll the ipnone 5 have nfc?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:11 2

7. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Only Tim Cook knows. But this will change in an hour or two.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:11

8. TediT (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


some say YES and some say NO... I guess we will find out in about 30min...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:11 1

9. zzzzz (Posts: 18; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Better ask Cook...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:10 7

6. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i've been lounging around at work all day waiting for 1pm...hahaha

not a iFan - i've done this for all the big releases...

SGSIII
The Note
Windows Phone 8 (Samsung version)
iOS 6
Windows Surface Tab

so i have my popcorn ready!

LETS GO RAY!!! haha

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:12 5

10. Ray.S (Posts: 250; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


That's how we roll!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:54

29. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Hey....did you just steal my idea or what????

just glad that there are like-minded people out there;)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:14 2

12. intos (Posts: 85; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


im not happy with the concept phone like milion people out there ... so we wait to see something really beautifull after the epic fail 4s... lets see...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:17

17. TediT (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


someone should be really stupid to buy this phone if it looks the same as the 4S...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:14

13. copales (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


What about a 4 in screen???

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:14

14. techgeek90 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


lets see what the hype is all about

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:16 3

16. aokde (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


for the apple users who are going to be disappointed:http://youtu.be/FVgNT2WmNXo
android users are welcome to have a smile :P

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:51

28. dsg_cobra (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)


So is phonearena a place for everybody to let their inner 12 year old selfs out, and bash on anything other than what they have? So if you drive a chevy and the guy next to you drives a ford are you gonna start talking trash about how their truck is crap? No, why is a phone any different? Cool good for you if you love the inovative android's that take chances and launch stuff prematurely and like to use their consumers as beta testers. I have a droid charge btw. And good for you if you want a iphone that is very cautious and only releases a product after it has been designed, tested, took back down worked on tested again, and again, till perfection before release. And when you have it, it runs flawlessly as expected after having to wait a year or so for it. ex LTE. (- Dont start android fan boys the antenna issue on the 4, that was a stupid mistake on their part. But we can compile a list for days on issues your Godly Android phones have had.)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:17 1

18. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


Not an iPhone fan nor Android/WP but I am reallyyyyyyy curious about the new iPhone :D Another disappointment like the 4S or maybe this time something acceptable?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:17 2

19. VebbX (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


I am a fan of watching releases too, but I have never bought a iPhone and never will, but what I will buy is the new Nokia 920 or LG Optimus G.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:20

22. kirholstov (Posts: 135; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Don't buy lg

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:20

23. TediT (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


LG Optimus G looks great... Quadcore Snapdragon S4... My Galaxy S3 looks old now :(

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:19

20. intos (Posts: 85; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


im afraid that we wait the long 4s ...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:20

21. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


imagine this is the iPhone :
Name ? The New iPhone 4S
Design ? Same with 1 less line on the side.
Screen ? Still 3.5"
Processor ? Enchanced from 1 GHz to 1.2 GHz Dual Core which is bla bla faster !
Battery ? Maxed Up From 1420/1430 to 1460 !!! an extra 30 minutes talk time !
Screen ? What else beside the beautifull Retina Display ?
RAM ? 832 MB
Camera ? 8 MP
Front Camera ? VGA, 0.9 MP

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:35

24. Virile (Posts: 38; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Nice one Ray, would love my iphone with a floppy =D

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:38

25. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Hope iphone 5 has lte cause i wanna see sammy and apple in court room again. But this time samsung winning it.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:38 1

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I will see my phone for this new bad boy...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:01

31. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


meant to say "sale". damm can't even write

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:03

33. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


lol meant to say "sell" 3rd time is the charm,

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:12

35. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


it's ok galli. btw cnet does the liveblog better. no offense PA

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:50

27. TheCellX (Posts: 36; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Floppy disk... they will demand IBM for insert that into the original PCs.. 20 years ago.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:00

30. kindlefireowner (Posts: 332; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Apple Hater's. ? When was the last time the release of any android phone, actually moved the stock market. NEVER.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:01

32. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


#CHEERS

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:08

34. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


Where can i see the live streaming

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:21

38. WPDroidShenanigans (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


OMG 4 inches!! This changes everything (again) and (again)

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:21

39. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


So far looks the same.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:23

40. WPDroidShenanigans (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I love how they list LTE as 100 MBPS haha, well they were warned, lets how if Sammy follows through with the LTE suit

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:25 3

41. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Nokia 920 has the most advanced display.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:26

42. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Of course Apple would team up with EA of all people for this event...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:26

43. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


BORING DESING!

Same old iphone but larger screen...lame.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:28

44. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


wow the games now look spectacular!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:31

45. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


"Full console quality."great!!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:35

46. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


boring like nokia presentation

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:36

47. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


HTC shouls saw them for the takin photo while takin a video! lol

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:41

48. WPDroidShenanigans (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Doesnt look like that adapter will fit into most docks, fail

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:47

49. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Sorry my money for optimus g and note 2

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:18

60. Ric1511 (Posts: 26; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Same here...but I'm still waiting to see HTC's phablet. .

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:49 1

50. cheeseaddict (Posts: 49; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


yawn...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:53 1

51. kabukijoe (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


4" screen... 4G... we've had these things on phones for what, 2 years now? It's not groundbreaking just because Apple finally decided to catch up with the times.

BTW, HTC already came out with devices that can capture a picture from video, and you can take panorama pictures with pretty much every Android phone.

Pretty hypocritical of Apple to go "thermonuclear" on every tech company for being "copy-cats" when pretty much everything annouced thus far is nothing new... I guess they really were just trying to eliminate competition because they are running out of ideas.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 12:55

52. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


no nfc support

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:05

55. kabukijoe (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


They'll add that to it next year so they can re-release this exact same phone as iPhone 5S

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:10

56. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


hahaha, re invented nfc maybe

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:03

53. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)


Unimpressive.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:04

54. hosker (unregistered)


Hey ray how about you hate less, if you didnt feel like doing the live blog you shouldnt have done it and let some1 else more proffessional do the job. Tell us what their saying and showing and less of your opinion...write your own article later about how you dont like the iphone 5. There you can give your opinion about who uses siri, how they already talk about ios before bla bla.

I want to know what their showing and saying.its iphone day not yours.is like any reporter giving their opinions on a news, thats a fail, you should always remain neutral to avoid people to dislike you.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:12

57. 23nikki1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


Ahhh pretty bored!
Now here comes
All new redesigned lock screen...instead of swiping from left to right, you have to swipe from right to left...

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:14

58. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


wats da of wwdc if they hav to demo again

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 13:15

59. 23nikki1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


This year's most innovative announcements...that really impressed me
Nokia lumia 920
Note ii

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