2013 has been an excellent year for iDevices. We started out the year with the newly released iPad with Retina (iPad 4) and iPad mini, iPhone 5, redesigned iPod touch and iPod nano, iOS 6 and more. This year, Apple, planned to show they are still innovating by releasing improved products and a new one too. Here is the summary of what Apple has released for iDevices over this past year.
Until Autumn, Apple had a small presence in iDevices over the year. In May, they released the fifth generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage. This iPod is a less expensive version of the colorful iPod touch that lacks the back iSight camera, iPod touch loop and back flash. It would only be available in silver, but has the same size screen as the larger storage iPods (32GB and 64GB models). At WWDC, Apple introduced the new operating system for iDevices. The redesigned OS came straight from the mind of Jonathan Ive, SVP of Design. iOS 7 eliminated the felt and leather we were used to since the start of iPhone. It added new colors, redesigned apps, many features, more multitouch/gesture control and increased accessibility to allow more people to use it.
5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7
In September, Apple announced the iPhones. The iPhone 4S was still a major competitor for $0 with a new two-year contract and 8GB of storage. The iPhone 5 was being replaced by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. This iPhone 5s was expected to be announced this year. It came with a fingerprint scanner, 64-bit A7 processor, motion-tracking M7 co-processor, dual-LED flash and a slow-motion HD camera. The iPhone 5s is available in space gray/black, silver/white and gold/white, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and starting at $199 with a new two-year contract. The iPhone 5c, a mid-range less expensive iPhone, comes in multiple colors with similar specifications to the iPhone 5s. In addition, iOS 7 was released. We also saw a new case for the iPhone 5s and 5c.
iPhone line-up at Apple’s September Media Event
Apple announced the next generation to the iPad line-up. The fifth generation iPad, as expected, was announced, but it came as “iPad Air” instead of “iPad 5” or the “new iPad”. This iPad came with a redesigned form factor, with less weight and similar bezels to the iPad mini, new 64-bit A7 chip with the M7 co-processor, advanced wireless and dual microphones. Apple retained the iPad 2 and replaced the iPad 3/4 with the new iPad air. The iPad mini was debated all year to either include a Retina display or to not include one. In the end, Apple went with the Retina display at 326ppi, 64-bit A7 chip and advanced wireless. Apple retained the iPad 2 and iPad mini (1st generation) to sell alongside the iPad air and iPad mini with Retina. We also saw new smart covers and smart cases.
iPad line-up at Apple’s October event