“Let’s Talk iPhone” iPhone Event Liveblog – *UPDATE*

Apple iPhone Event


*UPDATE* Coveritlive is down. Apple killed Cover it live! Anyway, we will be liveblogging here the old fashioned way. Please hit the jump for updates. Know that you must refresh periodically to see updates.


It’s time for another Apple press event. Today, October 4th, the Cupertino, CA-based company will announce the latest in their popular iPhone line. At least that’s what we’re expecting. The hints in their invite couldn’t be any more subtle as the event is called “Let’s Talk iPhone” and features iPhone icons arranged to show the date and time of the event.

As always, we are liveblogging the event. Come in, read, enjoy

Here are the local times for the event:

08:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
11:30PM – New Delhi
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
03:00AM – Tokyo (Oct 5th)


Live Blog


1:38 – and done. Thanks for coming!

1:35 – iPhone 4S is 16GB $199 and the 32GB $299. Also a 64GB for $399. iPhone 4 drops to $99. iPhone 3GS is free with your contract.

iPhone 4S releases October 14th in US, Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, France and Japan.


1:33 – Looks like there is more. Running a bit long here, Apple, aren’t we?

1:29 Here are some details on Siri


Image: GDGT


1:28 – Right now it’s just about asking Siri questions: “How many days until Christmas” etc.

1:25- Siri will require iPhone 4S. Bummer for the rest of us…

1:23 – Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha searches by voice. You can simply ask it to define a word and it will do so.

1:18 – You can ask it to find a restaurant in a city. For instance “Find me a great Italian restaurant in Austin” and it will find and sort by ratings. Nice. Or “Wake me up at 6am tomorrow” and it will set the alarm.

1:16- “What’s the Weather like today?” and Siri gives the forecast.

1:15 – Time to take a look at Siri. Let’s see what it does.

1:14 – Now about that voice recognition.

1:11 – Airplay mirroring. Play your games on the large screen. Sweet. (wired mirroring as well)

1:10 – 1080p video! Wow. Realtime stabilization and temporal noise reduction.

1:08 – Take photos much faster. Phil takes a jab at Droid Bionic. “I don’t know what Droid Bionic users need to do between pictures, maybe get coffee.”

1:05 – 8MP camera. Features that will make it much more comparable to a point and shoot, such as an improved lens system. Apple designed ISP which enables stuff like face-detection and auto-white balance.

1:02 Back to iPhone 4S.

– can now download data up to 2x faster.

– 8 hours talk time

– switch between both send and receive antennas for better call quality. (two antennas)

– theoretical max perfomacne is 5.8 up and 7.2 down now doubles to almost 14.4mbps down (via gdgt)

– just as fast as 4G phones, says Apple.

– Worldphone? Hmm…

1:01 – So yeah, it looks a lot like an iPhone 4. On the bright side, I don’t have to feel like upgrading. 🙂

12:58 – Infinity Blade demo. Infinity Blade II coming 12-1-11. Sweet.

12:52 iPhone 4S  is up now. A5 chip, Retina display. Dualcore CPU. dual-core graphics. up to 7x faster than iPhone 4.


12:51 – Now for the touch. Now available in white, slightly lower price.


Image: Gdgt

12:50  New iPod nano

It comes in 7 colors. 8GB $129 and 16GB for $149. Releases today.

Image: gdgt


12:48 iTunes Match available by the end of Oct. iCloud by Oct. 12.



Image: Engadget

12:47 – Music Match $24.99 a year.


Image: Engadget

12: 42 – new app. Find My Friends. Which is basically a take on 4square.

12: 37 – iOS 5 is coming October 12. W00t!

12: 36 – iCloud. Talk of syncing and storing. Really, this is the June event all over again, so far.

12:32 – talk of the shutter button (volume up) in iOS 5 for quick photos.

12: 30 – More talk of iOS 5. Mostly stuff we’ve learned about in the past: new notification system, iMessage, Newstand, Twitter integration. Just a recap of the iOS 5 event, really.

12:28 We’re not totally getting that Cards app, but hey. Maybe it’s something you can show to Grandma. Send cards for $2.99 . This will be available Oct 12 for iOS 5. Meaning iOs 5 is near.

12:27 – talk about iOS 5. Forstall is still up.

12:25 – 18 billion apps (over 1 billion per month), $3 billion paid out to developers.

12: 24 Scott Forstall is talking now.

12:23 – 250 million iOS devices (iPads, iPhones and iPod touch) sold, Thats a quarter of a billion

12:20 – Tim is talking iPad now. In short, the iPad is a success. Showing up in schools, hospitals, flight manuals. 1,000 schools have a 1:1 iPad program.

12:16 – The iPhone has seen 125 percent year over year growth. dang.

12:15 – itunes is at 20 million songs. That’s 20 times what they launched with.

12:14 – Over 300 million iPods have been sold. Sony took 30 years to 220,000 walkman cassette players. 45 million iPods from July 2010 to june 2011 (does that include touch?)

12:13 – Mac install base? 58 million.

12:12 – Mac Platform has grown by 23 percent over the last year. The PC has grown 4 percent.

12:09 Sprint logo on Apple Store servers – http://storeimages.apple.com/1990/as-images.apple.com/is/image/AppleInc/step1-us-prodselect-sprint-logo?wid=140&hei=40&fmt=png-alpha&qlt=95

12:08 Apple video. You know the type. Showing people using Apple products and enjoying them.

12:06 Update: Apple online store is down. “We’ll be back soon” yup. 🙂

12:05 On Apple retail: Apple opened two stores in teh past week, says Tim, one in Hong Kong and another in Shanghai.

12:03 Tim Cook on stage. He’s talking about Apple. The iPod, the MacBook Air.

12:00 Sorry about that, CoveritLive crashed. They can’t handle the iPhone 5 event.

– Testing, testing. Looks like we’re okay.



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