September 10, 2013 – Today, Apple announced the release date of two new version of its popular iPhone smartphone line. On September 20, 2013 the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S will be made available for purchase.
The company also announced that the newest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 7, would be made available two days before, on September 18.
Apple iPhone 5C
This new version of the iPhone 5 should be considered the inexpensive alternative to the iPhone 5S. The main difference is that this iPhone shell is made of plastic and comes in a wide variety of colors. Technical specifications are comparable to older models. Market analysts suggest that the iPhone 5C was specifically designed to compete in Asian markets.
iPhone 5C highlights:
- Chassis is made of hard-coated polycarbonate
- Internal hardware is reinforced
- Colors: Green, White, Light Blue, Light Red, and Yellow
- Silicone rubber cases for the iPhone 5C as well
- A6 chip, just like the iPhone 5, same 8MP camera as the iPhone 5, basically same internal hardware as iPhone 5
- Slightly larger capacity battery than iPhone 5
- Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Apple iPhone 5S
At first glance, the new iPhone 5S looks to be a side-grade when compared to the iPhone 5 and visually that would be correct. The only major difference between the 5 and the 5S is the availability of "gold" as a casing color choice. Internally, the iPhone 5S has been upgraded significantly in most major categories. The new iPhone 5S also includes a biometric security feature in the home button that will scan for the owner’s fingerprint.
iPhone 5S highlights:
- Three colors: white, space-grey, and gold
- 64-bit A7 chip, 1 billion transistors
- iOS 7
- OpenGL ES 3.0
- M7 chip, a "motion-coprocessor" that continuously measures motion data from accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass
- Battery life: 10 hours 3G talk, 8 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours LTE browsing, 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours video playback, 40 hours music playback, 250 hours standby.
- 1.5 µ pixel size in new sensor
- Dual-LED flash, one warm and one amber
- Auto-image stabilization.
- 120 frames per second 720p video recording for slow-motion videos
- 28MP panorama, exposure adjusts as you pan.
- Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Capacitive sensor on home button: 500 ppi resolution, 170 µ thin, 360 degree readability. Fingerprint data never goes to iCloud or Apple's servers.