Tomorrow when iOS 6 comes out, the installed base of Siri -- Apple's still-in-beta, voice-controlled personal assistant -- is set to explode. Originally exclusive to the iPhone 4S, Siri will now work on the iPhone 5 (which drops September 21), the fifth-generation iPod touch (which is available for preorder, shipping in October), and the third-gen iPad.
In today's afternoon news roundup, Apple's looking for new ways to ditch Google as the default search engine for its Safari browser, iMessages has a brief outage, and Apple's stock prices shoot through the roof.
It's no surprise: this is the phone we've been waiting for. Apple confirmed this morning that pre-orders of the upcoming iPhone 5 reached 2 million in just 24 hours. That number pushes the iPhone 4S pre-orders out of the top slot by nearly double. Apple also mentioned that some customers will be left behind as demand for the device is exceeding the supply.
Okay, we're gonna briefly touch some other stories this week, but you know what it's all about here on Mac|Life dot com -- the iPhone 5 is our story of the week, just like the whole internet. So in case you weren't glued to the keynote and you haven't followed our regular stream of updates, here's how it went down and here's what you need to know.
Of all the subtle yet significant enhancements in iPhone 5, perhaps the sneakiness is FaceTime. Not only do we get a 720p camera for the first time on an iPhone, we also get the ability to make FaceTime calls wherever we are, thanks to iOS 6's untethering from Wi-Fi.
Three million page views on TechRadar in a single day show just how the iPhone 5 has attracted mainstream attention. It's all anyone's been talking about this week and we got our first look at it at the launch on Wednesday.
We've written a first-look review so you can digest our initial thoughts before the in-depth verdict is in. Short version: it's great! But is it great enough?
Check it out, along with all of the other gear we've tested this week!
The iPhone 5 was certainly the big star of Apple's September 12 event (sorry, Dave Grohl...), but the recently neglected iPod touch got a major makeover as well, and the iPod nano got its video-playing mojo back.
What sells out even faster than the new iPhone 5? Apparently, the new Lightning dock connector adapters, which are now showing a two-to-three week shipping delay as Apple confirms that new handset owners won't be getting a freebie.
Hope you set the alarm clock and got your iPhone 5 preorder in early if you're hoping to have FedEx or UPS bring it straight to your door, because the shipping estimates from Apple's website have already slipped to two weeks.