Keep checking back for the latest updates live from Cupertino, California as Tim Cook reveals the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We’ll be updating this post as it happens.
- The iPhone 5C and 5S have both been confirmed. The official release date for both phones will be 20 September.
- Both running iOS 7. For existing iPhone users, all models from iPhone 4 and above will be getting an optional iOS 7 upgrade from 18 September. The newer iPads will also be getting the update.
- iTunes Radio will also be launched on 18 September. It will allow you to create your own Pandora-style stations to broadcast.
- iWork – a suite of apps which is a competitor to Microsoft Office – has had its price slashed to free.
- The iPhone 5 is being discontinued but the cheaper iPhone 4S will still be an option.
- Colours: black, silver and gold
- CPU: 64-bit A7 processor
- M7 motion co-processor continuously monitoring data from the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope
- Fingerprint scanner on home button
- Camera: 8 megapixel, f2.2 5 element lens, 15% larger sensor, 10 frames per second burst mode, 720p at 120 frames per second
- Battery: 10 hours 3G talk, 10 hours LTE browsing, 10 hours of video
- UK prices: 16GB £549, 32GB £629, 64GB £709
- US prices:- 16GB $649, 32GB $749, 64GB $849
- Colours: green, yellow, blue, white and pink
- CPU: A6 processor
- Display: 4-inch retina display
- Camera: 8 megapixel camera
- UK handset: 16GB £469, 32GB £549
- US handset: 16GB $549, 32GB $649
Our immediate thoughts
- It’s surprising how little they made of iOS 7.
- The security of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the fact all its info stays on the device is a big deal in light of Snowden’s NSA/GCHQ revelations.
- The iPhone 5C is a lot more expensive than expected. Can they really be chasing emerging markets at these prices? In fact, even the 5S is pretty pricey even for Apple devices.
- It’s been a while since the camera was updated so hopefully the 5S’s camera will have much better low-light performance with the bigger sensor combined with the two-tone flash LEDs and larger aperture. Both the 5S and 5C still only have 8 megapixels, though.
- The M7 motion processor could have some really exciting applications. Check out this 3DK demo, for example.
- The price point of the 5C is a bit of a surprise. Most people were expecting/hoping they’d hit the magical £300 price point and make it a huge seller. However, with the lowest model at £469, it’s not low enough to be really competitive with mid-range Android phones. Partly this is the intentional point – Marketing 101 shows that setting a high price gives the impression of quality and value. However, the fact that it’s only £80 cheaper than the 5S (that’s just over a 10% difference when looking at the 32GB version), you have to ask why anyone would go for the lower specs and plasticy case of the 5C over the 5S.
- There’s nothing really new in the way of features or specs to report that hadn’t already been leaked. It seems each updated version has fewer and fewer innovations…