All the rumors have been finally put to rest as Apple announced the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint sensor and iPhone 5C today at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Apple also announced new details about iOS 7 and its release date.
So, as consumers, what are the things that we should look forward to? Does the iPhone 5C live up to the hype?
Personally, I’m pretty excited with the iPhone 5C. So, after speculations of what the C stands for. Some say it’s for China, while other say it’s for Cheap. But it actually stands for Color. The iPhone 5C comes in fun colors: green, yellow, blue, white, and pink/red.
The great thing about the iPhone 5C is that it’s pretty much like the iPhone 5. It’s has a 4-inch retina display, an 8MP rear camera, an A6 chip processor, and slightly larger battery capacity. The main difference is that the iPhone 5C is made of plastic. But Apple claims that the iPhone 5C “offers a dense feel you wouldn’t expect from a plastic product.”
So, it is really a low-cost iPhone?
Apple announced that the 16 GB version will be $99 for a two-year contract and $199 for the 32GB. In the Philippines, TechPinas.com expects:
“the device to retail for around Php 22,000 to Php 25,000 at online gadget stores and to be offered as a free bundled device with Smart Communications and Globe Telecoms’ LTE plans this coming Yuletide season.”
There are also rumors going around that it will be retailed at around P20000 in the Philippines as mentioned by Azrael Colladilla.
However, Scott Stein from CNET shares that “iPhone 5C is $549 off-contract for 16GB version, btw. Not mentioned at event…for good reason.”
Nothing is set in stone yet for the price in Philippine market, so I’ll keep you posted.
Now, let’s discuss a few important details about the iOS 7.
It is set to be released on Sept 18th. Apple says that you’ll feel like having a new device (OS-wise) once you update to iOS 7.
And I can’t wait to experience it for myself! 🙂
Of course, iOS 7 will be available right off the bat when you get the newly released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. And the updates will also be available on iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
With the release of the iOS 7, productivity apps such as the iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote will be free.
This is definitely great news for productivity app junkie like me.
Apple dropped some pretty exciting news about the iPhone 5S. The Apple team claims that it’s the most forward -thinking phone they’ve ever created.
First, it now comes with a fingerprint sensor called the Touch ID. Although this news is not really a surprise, as this rumor has been going on for months. With this sensor, you no longer have to manually input your passcode every time you unlock your phone.
In addition, “It can scan in 360 degrees, so you don’t have to have the orientation right, and it can learn multiple fingers.” Another security feature is that your fingerprint won’t be accessed by other apps and it will never be uploaded to servers of the backed up to iCloud.
This basically means that you can feel very secure in using this feature. The only time someone can access your phone is if they cut your finger. 🙂
A7 Chip Processor
The iPhone 5s also comes with the new A7 64-bit chip processor, which is considered as the first ever on a smartphone. Apple claims that it is twice as fast as its predecessor, when it comes to CPU and graphics performance.
A new chip called the M7 is also added to the iPhone 5S. This chip is responsible for processing motion and sensory inputs. The chip can tell if a user is stationary, walking, or driving. Apple has partnered with Nike to take advantage of this new feature.
I also expect this chip to be integrated to other health and fitness apps.
Tech gurus speculate that this chip is actually Apple’s gateway to wearable tech such as the long rumored smartwatch.
Apple promises 10 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours 3G browsing, 40 hours music, 250 hours standby. But of course, expect the battery life’s performance to wildly vary depending on actual usage.
Last but not definitely not the least, the iPhone 5S comes with a better camera! It can shoot It has a “new five-element Apple-designed lens with F2.2 aperture and 15% larger active sensor area.” It’s still considered as an 8 Megapixel, but with its larger sensor, you can take better pictures under low-light scenarios.
It also comes with a dual LED flash: one is cool and white, other is warm and amber. With the dual LED flash, “it can combine the two lights to get the right color balance for the room.” This is most especially helpful when you’re taking photos indoors and under poor lighting condition.
The camera also comes with a burst and slow motion mode. The phone can take up to 10 shots per second. For the slow motion feature, on the other hand, the iPhone 5S can take 720p at 120 frames per second.
So with its new lens and the iOS 7 integration, you’ll have fun taking photos!
The iPhone 5s is $299 for the 32 GB and $399 for the 64 GB with two-year contract.
Off-Contract or Unlocked Price:
iPhone 5S 16 GB-$649
iPhone 5s 32 GB-$749
iPhone 5s 32 GB-$849
iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C Release Dates
In the United States, the 5C is available for pre-order on the 13th this Friday. The iPhone 5s, on the other hand is not available for pre-order, and will be sold on stores on Sept 20th (along with the 5C).
In the Philippines, the iPhone 5S and 5C will be available on December 2013.
So, you still have a few months to save up for it! 🙂
So, what do you think of Apple’s announcements? Did it “wow” you? Or was it “meh”?
Image courtesy of CNET’s Live Blog
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