Apple fans are happy today after the company announced not one, but two new versions of it’s trademark iPhone during a press event in Cupertino, California. The iPhone 5s was announced as expected, but also revealed was the iPhone 5c. Along with the phones was an overhaul for iOS 7.
We’ll start with the iPhone 5s. This phone breaks new ground with a 64-bit OS powered by a brand new A7 chip. This should allow users to see a significant performance boost over the iPhone 5. Apple claims the A7 should be able to deliver up to twice the CPU and graphics performance.
The camera has been updated as well, using an 8 megapixel, 1.5 micron pixel sensor, and featuring an aperture that opens to f/2.2. Apple also designed a dedicated image signal processor into the A7, which should provide up to two-times faster auto-focus, automatic stabilization and dynamic range. The camera also has the ability to shoot at 120 frames-per-second, fast enough for basic slow motion shots.
A new feature called Touch ID will allow owners to unlock their phone simply by touching a finger to the home button. This technology uses a laser cut sapphire crystal in conjunction with a capacitive touch sensor to take a high resolution fingerprint image. Like facial recognition on computers, the Touch ID method will continually learn and get better as you use it.
The battery life of the 5s should also be longer due to a new M7 motion coprocessor that takes some of the work off of the A7. This includes data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. The M7 continually monitors motion movement, even when the phone is asleep.
The screen in the 5s is a 4-inch Retina display encased in an anodized aluminum body. It will be available in gold, silver and “space grey.”
The iPhone 5s will be available in the US on Friday, September 20. Pricing for the 16 GB model is $199, $299 for the 32 GB model and $399 for the 64 GB model.
The major differences between the 5s and the 5c are the body material and processors. The 5c has a polycarbonate body and A6 processor, compared to the 5s’s aluminum body and A7 processor.
The hard-coated polycarbonate body of the iPhone 5c is reinforced with a steel frame that doubles as the multiband antenna. The phone has a 4-inch retina display and the new 8 megapixel iSight camera. The 5c also includes a new FaceTime HD camera. All of this is powered by Apple’s older A6 processor.
iPhone 5c will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow and white on Friday, September 20 in the US. Pricing will be $99 for the 16 GB model and $199 for the 32 GB. A 64 GB model was not announced.
The redesign of iOS 7 has taken full advantage of the 64-bit architecture of the 5s and 5c. All built-in apps have been re-engineered for 64-bit, but 32-bit apps will run just as smoothly. iOS 7 includes more than 200 new features, most notably:
(List from press release)
- Control Center, which gives you quick access to the controls you want in one convenient place with just one swipe from the bottom of your screen;
- Notification Center, now available from the Lock screen so you can see all your notifications with a simple swipe, and the new Today feature gives you an at-a-glance view of your day with a summary of the important details such as weather, traffic, meetings and events;
- improved Multitasking that gives users the ability to switch between their apps in a more visual and intuitive way, and iOS 7 pays attention to which apps you use most and automatically keeps your content up to date in the background;
- AirDrop, an entirely new way to quickly and easily share content with people nearby;
- new Camera app filters so you can add real-time photo effects, a square camera option, and you can quickly and easily switch between your four cameras—video, photo, square and panorama—with just a swipe;
- a redesigned Photos app that introduces Moments, a new way to automatically organize your photos and videos based on time and location;
- full-screen browsing with Safari’s new redesigned user interface, the new smart search field helps simplify searching, and there’s a new view for your bookmarks and your Safari tabs;
- Siri with new male and female voices (US English, French and German available on release with more being released over time), Twitter search integration, Wikipedia integration and Bing web searching within the app; and
- iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store®, combined with features only iTunes can deliver (available with the launch of iOS 7 in the US).
iOS users will be able to update to iOS 7 for free starting Wednesday, September 18 for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod Touch (fifth generation).