Sep 12, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C What You Need To Know
So! Apple finally unveiled the new iPhone 5S and the 5C. You can watch the iPhone media event here:
IPHONE MEDIA EVENT VIDEO
Here are some of the highlights:
This iPhone is intended to replace the current iPhone 5. The specs are identical to that of the 5 and it will only come in 2 available storage options-16GB and 32GB. The iPhone 5C features a plastic/polycarbonate shell that will come in 5 colours. It will retail for $99 16GB and $199 32GB on contract, $549 16GB and $649 32GB off contract. There is really nothing particularly new about this device besides the new colours and a fresher look which overall might make it more attractive to users looking for a cheaper iPhone that does not necessarily look dated.
This is where the big deal is. The iPhone 5S will resemble the look of the iPhone 5 to a great degree but its hardware internals have been completely upgraded. The 5S will come in an extra colour option-Gold Champaign and the black version will be leaning more towards a mid-dark grey.
The device will be powered by a new A7 processor which is 64 bits, the first 64 bit processor in a mobile device. This will definitely represent a drastic improvement in terms of performance and while apps will need to specifically support this architecture, iOS 7 is already 64 bit enabled and as such the overall experience will be noticeably better(about twice as fast) from the get go. It will also support Open GL ES 3.0 which is great for gaming performance. As a bit of a surprise we also learned that the processor has a built in motion coprocessor called the M7. This coprocessor will drastically improve data collection from the iPhone's accelerometer and gyroscope which will translate in a more reliable API for wearable technology. Apple worked closely with Nike to showcase some of the advantages from this.
Something that wasn't too surprising(1000+ leaks) was the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S. Apple explained the advantages this technology can provide in terms of security and better user experience. The fingerprint scanner is built in the home button of the iPhone protected by a sapphire crystal layer and surrounded by a silver ring that will detect when your finger is on it so there is no need to actually press the button. This technology will allow users to immediately unlock their phones by just tapping the home button(no more pass-codes!) and to complete iTunes purchases in a similar manner. We can also expect the API for this sensor to be available for developers to allow for more secure authentication within their own apps. Apple also made it clear that the fingerprint data never leaves the phone, it is actually stored and encrypted in the processor of the iPhone itself.
The camera also got some noticeable improvements featuring dual LED flash with "smart tone". Basically this means that depending on the lighting conditions the flash knows exactly the best balance needed so that pictures dont end up looking over saturated. One of the flashes is white while the other one is amber which allows for a 1000 different variations of flash. The megapixel count did not change but Apple did increase the aperture for better pictures under low light conditions. The camera also features 120fps video which is a nice bonus.
Finally the battery got a two hour boost and that pretty much sums up everything that is happening with the iPhone 5S. The iPhone will be available for purchase on September 20th. Price remains unchanged. $199 16Gb, $299 32Gb, $399 64Gb on contract.
iPhone 5S hands on video