That’s right. Apple announced not one but two iPhones at its event on Tuesday. And we are relieved to say we were mostly right with our last blog post. As is normally the case, we are happy to point out our failings:
1) The iPhone 5c (the new colorful iPhone) isn’t the low cost phone we had thought. It will take the place of the iPhone 5 (now discontinued) and be offered for $99 with a new two-year contract. Other than that it’s what we thought: the iPhone 5 in a colorful plastic housing. Oh and a slightly better front facing camera. That’s it. It’s fun and accessible. Take a look.
2) Our second wrong assumption was the timing of the iOS 7 release. Instead of the fairly normal Tuesday release, iOS 7 will be released Wednesday September 18th. Stay tuned for a more detailed post on iOS 7. In the meantime, here’s an introduction:
Now onto the good stuff. The iPhone 5s might just be the biggest upgrade to an iPhone in a “s” year. Like previous “s” upgrades, the iPhone 5s looks identical to the iPhone 5 in construction. That being said, there are subtle differences. The black is not as black and there’s a new “gold” and white option. For the record, we were very close to publishing our belief that the new “Space Grey” iPhone would replace the black iPhone. Having owned a black iPhone 5, we know just how easy it is to scratch. The new color option will most likely be more resilient to scratches (we hope).
The other major additions include iOS 7, a new and improved camera and camera UI, and the most notable addition, the Touch ID sensor. Instead of us rambling on, Apple has been good enough to provide promotional videos.
Apple describes the iPhone 5s as “the most forward-thinking” iPhone yet. Its 64-bit chip architecture sets the stage for the future of mobile computing. The camera is another leap forward towards replacing point-and-shoot dedicated cameras. iOS 7 is a restart and exciting beginning in the next chapter of iPhone. And Touch ID will soon be the next in a long line of game changing innovations from Apple.
Are you planning to purchase a 5c or 5s? Let us know in the comments.