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iPhone 5 event wrap-up: details and onsite photos

iPhone 5 event wrap-up: details and onsite photos

It's iPhone 5 day and Apple has revealed not just the new smartphone, but a flurry of iPod devices and a brand new set of earbuds called EarPods to boot. The iPhone 5 is set to be released on the 21st of September with pre-orders starting this Friday, the 14th of September, and it'll cost the same as the iPhone 4S has costed up to this point, starting at $199 for the 16GB iteration of the phone. This update includes a 4-inch Retina display, a new Lightning dock connector, and the thinnest and lightest body for an iPhone yet despite its increased height. NOTE also that we've got an iPod wrap-up coming up too!

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Apple EarPods introduced as full earbuds refresh

Apple EarPods introduced as full earbuds refresh

This week at the iPhone 5 event that also played host to several iPod bumps in the line, Apple showed off EarPods, the newest in earbud technology from the company that's also bringing a big iTunes refresh soon as well. These EarPods are made to "fit for everyone" and are, as Jony Ive says, "designed to direct sound into the ear." This set of listening devices is set to be offered by Apple as a standalone product but will also be in the package whenever you purchase any of the new devices shown off this week.

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New iPod Touch confirmed with 4-inch Retina Display, dual-core A5 processor

New iPod Touch confirmed with 4-inch Retina Display, dual-core A5 processor

Apple had a few hardware surprises up their sleeves today and one of those is the all new iPod Touch. Yup, Apple just announced another iPod which you can call the 5th generation iPod, or the new iPod Touch. The new and improved model is receiving plenty of love the iPhone 5 did with the same 4-inch Retina Display and brushed aluminum design. More details after the break.

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iPod nano refreshed with Lightning connector

iPod nano refreshed with Lightning connector

Amid the furious excitement that surrounded the iPhone 5 this week, Apple also introduced a brand new iPod nano. This refreshed device has an entirely new form factor looking more like an iPhone than it has an original iPod in previous iterations. Here you've got the "thinnest iPod nano we've ever created", Apple says, with a 38% thinner body at 5.4mm. This device has a giant hardware button on the left that's able to play, pause, forward, back, and adjust volume, and comes with a home button just like the iPhone.

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Bruce Willis reportedly livid over iTunes death rules

Bruce Willis reportedly livid over iTunes death rules

Bruce Willis may not be the most likely candidate for a war on Apple and digital media licensing, but the Die Hard star has apparently engaged the lawyers in order to preserve his iTunes library legacy. Willis was supposedly outraged to discover that, upon his death, the licenses to his music, video, ebook, and other media purchased through iTunes will not be passed on to his children, The Sun reports, and is exploring ways to work around the rules.

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iPad mini and wifi iPods head for October iTunes event

iPad mini and wifi iPods head for October iTunes event

This afternoon it would appear that not only has the name "iPad mini" been tipped once again, a couple new iPods have been updated as well. According to Asian sources speaking with Macotakara, the new iPad will have a 7.85-inch display and will indeed be called the "iPad mini." A couple new iPods will be popping up at the same event as this iPad mini, each of them with the ability to connect to wireless internet so that they might connect with iTunes in the Cloud.

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iPhone 5 event tipped for split from iPad mini on September 12

iPhone 5 event tipped for split from iPad mini on September 12

The new iPhone (aka the iPhone 5) has been tipped several times by well-connected sources as having an announcement date of September 12 - today there's a multi-sourced addition to that suggestion that says the event will not include the iPad mini. This next-generation size-reduced iPad device will instead be directed at an event in October, when Apple has held Music and iTunes-themed events in the past. As for the supposed Apple TV full-sized television set, that's once again been lost to the rumor mill.

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