Tuesday, September 10, 2013

At a press event in the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled their newest flagship smartphone. The iPhone 5S and it's less expensive counterpart, the iPhone 5C.

The iPhone 5C is made of plastic and has a 4-inch display. It has a hard-coated polycarbonate design, is steel reinforced and has a multi-band antenna. It comes in five colors: green, white, blue, pink, and yellow. The iPhone 5C will cost $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32 GB model, with contracts. A colorful variety of cases will cost $29. The iPhone 5C will go on sale on Sept. 20, with pre-orders starting on Sept. 13.

The iPhone 5S will have an identical design to the iPhone 5, with a 4-inch display, but will come in silver, gold and a color called space gray. The hardware has been upgraded to an A7 chip, and is the first smartphone to be 64-bits. 

The new iPhone's CPU is said to perform 40 times faster than the original iphone. It contains a brand new chip called the M7, which is said to continuously measure motion data. The chip supports the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. 

The iPhone 5S's battery life has improved as well, and will have 10 hours of LTE and Wi-Fi browsing, 40 hours of music and 250 hours of standby time.
The iPhone's camera is also getting a major upgrade. Apple is increasing the pixels to 1.5u to capture more light. The camera will also autodetect white balance as soon as the app is launched, and include burst mode and true tone flash. It also features a new image stabilizer and slow-motion video. 
Apple is also introducing a fingerprint sensor built into the Home Button called the Touch ID.  The sensor scans sub-epidermal skin layers and will have 360-degree readability. It is about 170 microns thin, with 500 ppi resolution. The fingerprint sensor can be used to unlock the iPhone or make purchases.
"Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It's always with you, and no two are exactly alike," Apple senior vice president Jony Ive said in a promotional video.
The iPhone 5S will come in three models: 16 GB for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399, with a contract. The phone will go on sale on Sept. 20.
Apple also announced details of its completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, that will be ready for download on Sept. 18. [via CNN]


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