At a hotly anticipated event on September 10, Apple confirmed just about every rumor that had been swirling about its latest mobile phones. There were two models unveiled, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, both with features sure to please ardent fans.
The 5C was presented first, and its brash color options were immediately obvious. The phone itself comes in bright, nearly pastel green, blue, yellow, pink, and white tones. All those plus black are also available in $29 cases that feature round cutouts on the back to create dozens of color combos.
The one-piece polycarbonate plastic body is a bit of a departure from the metal build of recent iPhones, but the inside has a steel-reinforced frame. Also built in is a familiar A6 processor, 8-megapixel camera, and 4-inch Retina display – all just like the iPhone 5. Apple does claim a higher capacity battery than the last iteration.
The iPhone 5 is no longer offered at all on the Apple Store. An 8GB version of the 4S is now offered for free, with the 16GB 5C at $99 and 32GB 5C at $199 – all with a two-year contract, of course.
For those who want the latest tech more than bright colors, the iPhone 5S is the upgrade to look for.
Available in shiny but sedate silver, gold, and “space gray” aluminum, the 5S incorporates the first 64-bit mobile processor, the A7. There’s a dual LED flash with “True Tone” that adjusts the color temperature of the flash to maintain realistic coloring in your photos.
A new M7 motion co-processor handles data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass, using much less power than the main CPU would. All in all, the battery is supposed to last 10 hours in 3G talk time or LTE browsing, 40 hours music playback, or 250 hours standby. With all that, Apple claims that CPU performance is 40 times that of the original 2007 iPhone, and graphics performance is 56 times greater.
The camera has also been updated – not with more pixels, but with bigger pixels. The larger 8-megapixel sensor gathers more light, so pictures should be more true-to-life without the grain and fuzz of more megapixels. The f/2.2 aperture lens brings in even more light. There’s a burst shooting mode for up to 10 frames per second, and a slow-motion video mode for 120fps 720p HD video recording.
Finally, the 5S incorporates a fingerprint sensor right into the home button. Through its Touch ID system, the user’s fingerprint can unlock the screen and approve purchases from iTunes.
There are three versions of the iPhone 5S offered, all with two-year contracts:
Both the new phones feature iOS 7, with flatter user interface, greater Maps integration, iTunes Radio, and AirDrop file sharing. At the announcement event, Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced that the iWork productivity suite, along with iPhoto and iMovie, would be available for free download with new iPhones and iPads running iOS 7.
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