Today's the big day. You've spent the night sitting on a cold sidewalk outside the Apple Store, and months upon months of speculation have led to a shiny, new iPhone 5 in your hands. Well, unless you're like many of us and are just waiting for a package to arrive at the door. In the meantime, how about a look at the inside of Apple's new iOS device?
Some of the biggest app enhancements for the iPhone 5 may come from the top games on the platform, which will now have an extra half-inch of height or width (depending on orientation) to play with for better viewpoints or refined interfaces. Dozens of top games have already been updated with iPhone 5 support, and surely scads more will be in the coming weeks. We've picked through the lists to spotlight 10 of the most notable iPhone 5-ready games for early adopters to check out, whether you're an old fan or someone looking for a new experience!
We're starting to see iPhone 5 accessories hit the market and the flood has only just begun. We've got a few of them highlighted for your enjoyment this week, plus some refurbs and a few other goodies. So take a stroll on the deal side of the street and get your wallets ready.
With iOS 6 -- out today! -- Apple added a lot of useful features to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. From Passbook, to the new Maps app, to capturing panoramas in the revamped Camera app. Apple has brought a lot of fit and finish to iOS 6, and we'll show you how to get the most out of these new features.
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.