New iPhone 5c and 5s overview

Apple has just announced the new iPhones, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Here’s what you need to know!

iPhone 5c:

The iPhone 5c, once expected to be a “budget iPhone,” is actually only nominally cheeper than its more powerful counterpart the 5S. The 5C is really an iPhone 5 in a new, colorful, slick-looking seamless plastic shell. It has the same camera, same processor, and same screen, though it comes pre-loaded with iOS 7 (which is also available to the iPhone 5, as well as the 4 and 4s). The “advantage” of the iPhone 5c is price, though it won’t save you much. See the chart below for price comparisons.

iPhone 5s:

The iPhone 5s is Apple’s new flagship phone, and it has some significant new features:

  • Camera: The iPhone 5s sports a new, improved camera with bigger pixels (though still 8MP), lens improvements, and new software (built into iOS 7 and available to all supported devices–iPhone 4 and newer). The 5s’ camera takes multiple pictures every time you press the shutter button and gives you the best of the bunch resulting in better, sharper images. It also takes slow-motion video, has a new “True Tone” flash that results in truer color in pictures taken with the flash, and has a wider ƒ/2.2 aperture for better low-light results. This camera alone will be a major selling point for the iPhone 5S.
  • Touch ID fingerprint scanning: The Fingerprint Identity Sensor integrated into the home button provides easy-to-use enhanced security for your data, as well as one-touch authentication for Apple ID purchases. More uses will surely follow.
  • New Processor: Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip with the M7 Motion Coprocessor means the 5s will run much faster than previous models, approaching desktop-grade super fast processing power and graphics rendering.
  • Mobile Data: the 5s as well as the 5c will work on many more wireless broadband LTE frequencies than previous iPhone models (compatible depend on the specific model purchased).

It is worth noting that both new phones will come pre-loaded with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, and iMovie. These mobile apps used to cost big money in the past, but Apple is now giving them away with their new hardware. Good on ‘ya, Apple. They are excellent mobile productivity and creativity apps, and for the steep price of the hardware, we’re glad these come along gratis.

The new iPhones will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 13, 2013, and can be purchased in Apple Stores on September 20, 2013, in the following countries: USA, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, UK. Tim Cook promised in his presentation that the new phones would be released in some 200 countries by the end of the calendar year.

If you are interested in some Apple pageantry, you can watch the full 87 min presentation here

iDownloadblog.com has an excellent roundup of the important features of these phones as well as many more useful links. Check out their coverage here

If you are trying to decide which phone is best for you, check here for Apple’s comparison between the iPhone 4s, 5c and 5s. With the 5c only USD $100 less than the 5s, I would advise most users to seriously consider the 5s. In my opinion, the new technology discussed above is worth the extra investment.

iPhone 5c Prices:

  • iPhone 5c Locked: 16GB for $99, with 2-year contract and carrier-locked
  • iPhone 5c Locked: 32GB for $199, with 2-year contract and carrier-locked
  • iPhone 5c Unlocked: 16GB for $549, with no contract and carrier-unlocked
  • iPhone 5c Unlocked: 32GB  for $649, with no contract and carrier-unlocked

iPhone 5s Prices:

  • iPhone 5s Locked: 16GB for $199, with 2-year contract and carrier-locked
  • iPhone 5s Locked: 32GB for $299, with 2-year contract and carrier-locked
  • iPhone 5s Locked: 64GB for $399, with 2-year contract and carrier-locked
  • iPhone 5s Unlocked: 16GB for $649, with no contract and carrier-unlocked
  • iPhone 5s Unlocked: 32GB  for $749, with no contract and carrier-unlocked
  • iPhone 5s Unlocked: 64GB for $849, with no contract and carrier-unlocked