Apple revealed their new iPhone 5C and 5S devices today, showing off what we all knew they would from months of leaks. The event featured lots of spin and glossy presentations of the services from iOS7 to apps to finally the new devices themselves. Apple as usual are masters of spin an despite announcing nothing hugely new other than a cheaper made version of the iPhone 5, but yet not really any cheaper they will still sell bucket loads.
It is also said to have a slightly larger capacity battery than the original iPhone 5 but in true Apple tradition they would not say what the capacity is.
Considering that this is basically just a cheaper made (for Apple) iPhone 5 you will be paying out €499 for the 16GB and €599 for the 32GB.
It will be available in 5 colours, white, pink, yellow, blue and green and the back plate is polycarbonate which is reinforced by steel underneath.
These do admittedly look nice but sadly these prices really do mean that a lot of buyers and people in emerging markets will not be able to afford them.
The processor’s gotten more powerful. It’s the A7 chip, and it’s got a 64-bit architecture a first for a mobile device, and should allow the processor to do twice the work as the normal 32-bit processors.
There’s also a new onboard motion-processing chip, called M7. It’s there to make rendering games even better.
Battery life is again touted as better or the same as the iPhone 5, so I would guess it’s the same battery but new algorithms are most likely improving things.
There’s a new camera lens, with a f2.2 aperture and a bigger sensor. The pixels are also stated as bigger, because “bigger pixels=better pictures” according to Apple. Apple’s Tim Cook also said that the iPhone 5S camera is still the camera to beat today. This is a claim that not only Nokia would laugh at with their Lumia 1020 but also Sony with the Xperia Z1 featuring a 21MP camera.
Also brand new is a finger print scanner which Apple are calling Touch ID. You will be able to unlock the device, pay for apps and more just by scanning your finger. DANGER Will Robinson, DANGER, this is what I hear when I saw this feature. With all the NSA hacking news of late, I just don’t trust that my biometric information is securely stored and also will the NSA and others be able to access this.
The price you ask…what is the price, well brace yourself, it starts at £549 for the 16GB and a massive £709 (Sterling). At least one Irish carrier so far have said they will be stocking both the 5C and 5S and that is Three Ireland.
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