As expected Apple has announced iPhone 5, the 6th generation of iPhone, in a media event held at Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts today. And Singapore will be one of the first countries to get iPhone 5 on September 21. As we have just written, these facts about iPhone 5, its announcement date, its naming and its Singapore release date were already leaked. Apple’s Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller revealed Apple was working with SingTel and M1 on making the iPhone 5 compatible with the telcos’ respective LTE networks.
Singapore’s three telcos, Singtel, Starhub andM1 were fast to announce their iPhone 5 selling dates in Singapore. Singtel announced today that it will start sales of iPhone 5 from Sept. 21.Singtel iPhone 5 prices and subscription plans are not released yet. StarHub also announced that it will offer iPhone 5to customers in Singapore beginning Friday, September 21. You can have more information on Starhub iPhone 5 offers from this web page. iPhone 5 pre-orders begin on Friday Sept 14 2012. And M1 also today announced it will offer iPhone 5 to customers in Singapore beginning Friday, September 21.
The iPhone 5 comes in either white and silver or black and slate. Singapore retail price of iPhone 5 will be S$948 (including GST) for the 16GB model, S$1,088 for the 32GB model and S$1,238 for the 64GB model.
Two good news and an expected bad news for iPhone 5: It comes with Apple’s new A6 dual-core processor. This will make iPhone 5 run twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. Battery life is also improved – the iPhone 5’s will be able to support eight hours of 4G Web browsing. But the size of the phone’s dock connecter has been reduced by 80 per cent so old docking devices will be obsolete without an adapter.
Apple was also expected to disappoint since the photos of iPhone 5 were leaked from a vendor. Apple also delivered as expected with the new iPhone being only evolutionary increment instead of a revolutionary device to beat up Samsung’s new amazing phones:
The iPhone 5 met the predictions laid out by gadget geeks and tech analysts ahead of the unveiling last night (this morning, Singapore time), but offered few surprises to give Apple shares – already trading near record highs – another major kick. Apple had already telegraphed many of the software changes to expect in iPhone 5 when it debuted iOS 6, its latest mobile operating system, in June. iOS 6 software will be available next Wednesday as a free software update.
“There is no ‘wow’ factor because everything you saw today is evolutionary. I do think they did enough to satisfy,” said Mr Michael Yoshikami, Chief Executive of Destination Wealth Management.
- iPhone 5 unboxed (idownloadblog.com)
- iPhone 5 available in Singapore on Sept 21 (todayonline.com)
- The first iPhone 5 reviews hit the web (idownloadblog.com)