Friday is here once again, which means that for many of us, the weekend has already started. Of course, today was the big iPhone 5 launch, and there was no lack of news stories to go along with it. Before the iPhone 5 landed in the US, it launched in the UK and Japan and was greeted by long lines. We also had a couple of drop tests hit the Internet – in the first one we saw, the iPhone 5 didn’t fare too well, but in the second drop test, it emerged victorious over the Samsung Galaxy S III. We also talk about all of the different options you have on your disposal on this launch day, so if you’re thinking of picking up an iPhone 5, be sure to check that out.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was talking about the iPhones of the future today, and a new teardown from iFixit gives a peek at the iPhone 5′s innards. iPhone 5s sold at Verizon have been confirmed to be GSM unlocked, and a new report is saying that iDevice users are updating to iOS 6 122% faster than they updated to iOS 5. Apple has said that its poorly-received Maps app in iOS 6 will be getting better soon, and Jelly Bean has finally arrived on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Samsung announced a new hot pink Galaxy S III for Korea today, and Google Headquarters opened today to welcome the cast and crew of The Internship.
Facebook pulled the plug on its facial recognition tool over in Europe, while it announced that users will soon be able to see their search history in their Facebook Activity Log. One Wii U launch developer is expressing concerns over the console’s CPU, and the Samsung Galaxy Note II is already up for pre-order at US Celluar. Kickstarter put some new rules in place for product creators today, in an apparent attempt to move away from the implications that backers are buying things instead of funding development.
GeeXboX 3.0 has arrived with XBMC integration all ready to go, while Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Max GO all received an update that adds closed captioning on mobile devices. Boeing announced that it will begin allowing cell phone use on its flights starting next year, and finally tonight, the latest ASUS Padfone 2 leak had a lot to say about the incoming phone’s specs. That does it for tonight’s Evening Wrap-Up, so you know what that means: it’s time to go out and enjoy the weekend. Have fun, everyone!