Apple Unveils New iPhone to Mixed Reactions
The new iPhone is coming! Apple held one of their “Events” recently and announced the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Both phones have some pretty nifty features, as well as what I see as another “Bummer, man, they did that again?” So let’s take a look at what the phones have and then we’ll see what the professionals in the tech world have to say.
Specs and Features of the New iPhone 5c
The iPhone 5c is touted as an “entry-level” offering, even with its many advanced features. Although the back of the 5c is all black, you have your choice of five bright fluorescent colors-sky blue, lime green, bright yellow, hot pink, and bright white. The iPhone 5c, unlike most other iPhones, is made out of polycarbonate with a hard coating and steel-reinforced structure for rigidity and strength.
Underneath the hood, the 5c runs on the slightly older A6 chipset and uses the same four-inch Retina Display that the 5 uses. Owners of the 5c will see improvements in battery life. For cameras, the 5c has an 8MP iSight camera on the back and a new FaceTime HD that is reportedly improved over earlier versions.
The new iPhone 5c is available with either 16GB or 32GB of memory storage capacity. There are two pricing structures for this iteration of the iPhone 5. Buyers that want to enter into a two-year contract with a provider will pay about $100 for the 16GB version or around $200 for the 32GB. The phone is also available unlocked, allowing the buyer to choose the cellular provider. Prices for these phones are about $550 for 16GB and $650 for 32GB.
Taking a Look at the iPhone 5s
During the release event for the new phones, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller called the 5s “the most forward-thinking phone we’ve ever created.” The phone certainly looks pretty cool with cases made of high-grade aluminum with chamfered edges and coming in three new colors: gold, silver, and a new “space gray.”
The 5c’s new and super-fast A7 system-on-a-chip processor makes this the first (and right now only) smartphone in the world to use a 64-bit processor. This new processor delivers performance that no other phones are capable of yet.
One of the coolest features of the new iPhone 5s is that built into the “Home” button is a fingerprint scanner for increased security. But there’s also the James Bond wow factor as well. What’s even better is that you can set it up to give multiple people access to your phone and you don’t have to orient your finger in any special way for it to work, according to Apple and it works everywhere your Apple ID is required.
Apple is known as the computer of choice for people that are heavy into multimedia, and especially its manipulation-creating songs and movies, etc. This means that the multimedia capabilities of iPhones have always been pretty good. The 5s takes them a step farther with some new features:
- A larger 2.2 aperture for the camera with a 15-percent increase in active sensor area.
- A new True Tone Flash to give more realistic colors when the flash is used.
- Automatic image stabilization is added to get rid of image jitter and shake.
- Image burst mode allowing you to capture multiple images.
- Slo-Mo video feature shooting video at 120 frames per second versus normal speed of 30 frames per second.
The new iPhone 5s is available in three storage configurations, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Starting on September 20th when they go on sale, approximate prices will be $200, $300 and $400, for buyers entering into contracts. If you don’t want to get locked into a contract, you’re going to spend in the areas of $650, $750 and $850.
Cool Features Enabled by the New iOS7
You didn’t think Apple would release almost all-new phones without also releasing a new operating system did you? For fitness buffs, a cool new feature of iOS7 is support for what is called M7, which is a motion co-processor that allows motion measurements and calculations to be made without waking the phone, saving battery life.
Some other cool features of iOS include the aforementioned TouchID fingerprint scanning and a true 64-bit architecture, giving the phone processing performance that rivals desktop and laptop/notebook computers. Apple reengineered all the native apps to make them take advantage of the 64-bit architecture of the OS and processor. Most of the apps available at the Apps Store are also 64-bit and Apple sources say that new developers can easily compile their apps as 64-bit offerings.
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