Yesterday Apple finally unveiled the two new iPhones the world was anticipated. Get details and specs, plus new trailers below.
The 5c will be available for pre-order starting September 13th, and will hit stores a week later on September 20th. You can choice from five different colors. The 16GB version will be offered for $99 on contract, while the 32GB tacks on an extra $100 to the total; if contracts aren’t your thing, the off-contract costs are $549 and $649, respectively.
The 5c boasts the same specs as last year’s iPhone 5, with a 4-inch Retina Display, A6 processor, LTE, 8MP camera and more. A big difference, though, is the actual build, which includes a full multitouch display on the front and a single hard-coated piece of polycarbonate strengthened by a frame of reinforced steel. Apple said numerous times that it remains “unapologetic” about the plastic build, and deservedly, as, according to Engadget, “not only does it feel great, it’s the most solid polycarbonate build that we’ve ever laid hands on. There is absolutely nothing about this setup that makes us believe it’s not capable of handling wear and tear, and the reinforced steel frame convinces us that it’s even going to survive falls without a problem.”
iPhone 5c trailer:
And now for the advanced, more powerful iPhone 5s:
The iPhone 5s starts at $199 for a 16GB model (32 and 64GB versions will be $299 and $399, respectively) on September 20th.
Here’s a quote from Engadget:
While the 5c may stay closer to the iPhone 5 when it comes to components, the 5s is closer to it it terms of looks and feel. Consisting of the same aluminum build, chamfered edges and overall industrial design, there isn’t much to the 5s that haven’t already seen on its predecessor. Of course, this is to be expected on the odd-year version of the flagship, as current trends go, but there were a couple new elements to this particular model; it offers a dual-LED flash, and the home button swaps out the square etching for a more fancy ring around the outside.
But what is that ring there for? The iPhone 5s’ defining feature, frankly, is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The device is now capable of detecting the unique ridges in your fingertips, allowing you to bypass the passcode completely, not to mention downloading and purchasing apps and iTunes content. It’s able to store up to five individual fingerprints, which is helpful if you have multiple people in your family who want to use the same device. Once everything is set up, the unit we played with worked flawlessly, as all we had to do was place our finger on the button to unlock the screen. It made for a much faster and enjoyable experience, one that will likely appease plenty of users who aren’t happy with the idea of putting passcodes on their phone.
The only tedious part of the whole process was actually getting it set up in the first place. Since the contours of your finger are three-dimensional, the phone asked us to place our fingers on the button several times and in several angles — sometimes we could lay our finger flat on it, while other times we were prompted to roll the finger to the left or right. Even then, it only took about a minute to get everything set.
Also, the gold 5s color is actually pretty nice. It’s lined with white on the top and bottom, and the gold itself is a rather subtle color; it’s not going to blind anybody when you take it out of your pocket. It has a little bit of a shine to it as well, depending on which angle you hold the phone at. The white version is basically the same as we’ve enjoyed on the iPhone 5, and the space grey is more of a gunpowder look, with black highlights on the top and bottom.
In terms of performance, the A7 promises twice the CPU and GPU speeds as the A6, so we’re definitely looking forward to giving this a solid go in our full review — especially since a brief amount of time is never sufficient to judge a phone’s performance. It was definitely quite fast when we used it, and it didn’t sputter or give us any reason to believe it can’t handle most if not all possible tasks.