Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Patrick Doyle0
Apple Unveil iPhone 5C And iPhone 5S
As predicted by rumours leading up to today’s Apple Event, the company has unveiled not one but two new iPhones – the entry-level iPhone 5C and the more expensive iPhone 5S. Most of our predictions came through as well. No Irish release date was given for the launch of the new phones but both will be available in the UK on the 20th of this month.
The iPhone 5C is the cheaper of the two new phones from Apple. Featuring glossy plastic look, the 5C comes in 5 colours: white, pink, yellow, blue and green. It contains the Apple-designed A6 processor and has front FaceTime HD camera. The back iSight camera can take 8 megapixel pictures and shoot video in 30 frames per second at 1080p. The 5C will come in either 16GB or 32GB capacity models.
The 5C can download at 100 Mbps over 2.4GHz or 5GHz WIFI bands. It’s 2.33 inches wide by 4.9 inches high, 0.35 inches thick and has a 4-inch Retina display. The battery will last up to 10 hours talk time over 3G and 250 hours in standby mode.
Special coloured cases were also unveiled for the iPhone 5C, which can mixed an matched with the phone colour to give a unique look, very reminiscent of Connect Four! The cases come in 6 colours black, white, pink, yellow, blue and green, and there’s 30 possible combinations.
The second iPhone announced was the iPhone 5S, which will take the place of last year’s iPhone 5. The 5S is more expensive than the 5C and with its metal casing, it certainly looks it. It comes in 3 colours – space grey, gold and silver. The 5S will come in 3 capacity models – 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. It’s 4.87 inches high by 2.31 inches wide, 0.31 inches thick and has a 4-inch Retina Display.
The 5S will come with an A7 processor, the world’s first 64-bit mobile processor, and a separate M7 motion coprocessor which will continuously monitor motion data. The lower power M7 can be accessed independently of the A7, which will improve battery life as some processes may not need the A7.
ChAIR and EPIC’s Donald Mustard showed the newly-announced Infinity Blade III running on the 5S. Graphically, it was perhaps on par with the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. The game will be available on the App Store when the 5S launches.
In terms of security, fingerprint sensing technology Touch ID is built directly into the Home button on the iPhone 5S. It can be used to unlock the phone as well as in place of passwords when making purchases on the App Store and iTunes. The iPhone 5S can read fingerprints at 500 pixels per inch.
The 5S features an 8 megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels. Its 5-element lens has an f/2.2 aperture, 15% larger sensor and Apple described it as “SLR-level stuff”. It has auto image stability, burst mode which can take 15 pictures per second. When you take any photo, the 5S will take multiple shots and automatically select the best one to show you. The flash has True Tone technology which will adjust the flash colour and intensity according to lighting conditions in order to give the best skin tones. It can record HD video at 30 FPS, 1080P and slow motion at 120 FPS. It will also be able to take pictures while recording video.
The battery on the 5S will last 10 hours of internet browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 10 hours of 3G talk time or 250 hours in standby.
Just like with the 5C, Apple unveiled some specially designed optional cases for the iPhone 5S. However, for the 5S, the cases are made from hand selected leather to give it an “elegant” feel.