The day of reckoning has finally arrived, with the company having announced their long rumoured Apple iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S along with some new tidbits regarding the future of the iPhone. Here are all the highlights of today’s event and all the announcements.
The Apple iPhone 5 is no more, Apple has discontinued the smartphone just a year after first launching. The Apple iPhone 5 will be replaced by the Apple iPhone 5C as well as the improved iPhone 5S. iOS 7 will begin its global rollout to supported devices on September 18, which is next week, so mark your calendars. The Apple iPhone 5C is a thicker version of the Apple iPhone 5 with a polycarbonate plastic rear shell and a larger battery along with an upgraded front camera and a downgraded price, albeit barely downgraded.
The Apple iPhone 5C will cost $99 on a two year contract for the 16GB model, $199 for the 32GB model. Off contract pricing will start at a harsh $549, so save up those pennies. The iPhone 5C will come in white, pink, yellow, green and blue colour options and is expected to go on sale officially on September 20. The Apple iPhone 5S is another story. It has a wider aperture, but still 8MP camera, alongside a dual LED flash, one LED white and the other yellow for better low light colours apparently. The iPhone 5S also kills the black/slate model for a black/grey model, in addition to the white/silver and white/gold colour options.
The Apple iPhone 5S comes with a new fingerprint scanner that can rear your fingerprint from Mars, no not really. The iPhone 5S packs a larger battery and some big internal restructuring, but on the outside it looks pretty much the same as the iPhone 5. Interestingly there is no 128GB model, at least for now. The iPhone 5S will also go on sale on September with prices starting at $199 for the 16GB model on a two year contract. It packs a new Apple A7 SoC with a 64-bit processor which is said to be a great improvement over its predecessors. There is also a M7 chip which controls all of the internal motion sensors.
Apple sadly did not announce any other new products such as the iPad 5, iPad Mini 2, iTV or iWatch, but then again, are we really all that surprised? Nokia has already taken a stab at Apple, especially in the photography department, but then Nokia isn’t really even a company anymore, so who’s talking? Keep an eye as we bring you some more iPhone news pretty soon!