Today, at one of their now famous press events, Apple confirmed the existence of the iPhone 5, much to the surprise of nobody. If you don’t plan to get the new phone (or the new iPod touch, which has a similar design), there’s still something for you. iOS 6′s release date was also confirmed; you can download the new mobile operating system on the 19th for free (so long as you have a post-3GS iPhone, an iPad 2/3, or a 4th generation iPod Touch).
Here’s all the stuff that pertains to gaming:
- The iPhone 5 has a longer screen, making it 4 inches as opposed to 3.5. Some apps will be updated to fit the newer screen, but old apps will just be centered in the middle of the screen with black bars filling in the dead space.
- The A5 chip is gone. In its place is the A6 chip, which is apparently twice as fast as the A5. That’s literally all I know about that thing.
- Instead of the 30-pin connector, the iPhone 5 and the iPod redesign will sport the new ‘Thunderbolt’ connector. It transfers data faster, I guess? Apple will sell an adapter
There’s also a new iPod nano as well as a new iTunes, but you can’t buy games for the nano and finding games on iTunes was never that difficult. You can get the iPhone 5 for $199 if you want the 16 GB model, $299 if the the 32 GB model strikes your fancy, or $399 if you don’t feel like buying a gold-plated jet and just want a 64 GB iPhone 5 instead, Richie Rich. You can pre-order the new phone on September 14th, with an arrival date of September 21st.