Apple launches iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c


Apple just wrapped up its event and we’re left with two new iPhone models. Whether we’ve heard the last from Apple or they’re holding another event to talk about the iPod (a new color has been added to the Apple site), iPad, iPad mini, and perhaps new or reinvented product categories is an unknown at the moment. We would just have to wait–hopefully not in vain. For now, let’s look at what we have in our hands.

iPhone 5s

Starting at $649, Apple touts it as “The Most Forward-Thinking Smartphone in the World” but the verdict would really be up to you, Apple fanboys aside. And although Apple products were never really about specs, it’s better to get that over with for those of you who care. Specs [unordered_list style=”green-dot”]

  • 4-inch 1136 x 540 326ppi Retina display
  • 64-bit A7 chip; M7 coprocessor
  • iOS 7, Siri
  • 16/32/64GB
  • TouchID fingerprint identity sensor
  • 8MP rear camera (1.5µ pixel size), 1080p HD video recording @ 30fps, 3x zoom
  • 1.2MP front camera, 720p HD recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, DS-HSDPA, HSPA+, 3G
  • Lightning connector, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • In Space Gray, Silver, Gold
  • 58.6 x 7.6 x 123.8mm, 112g

[/unordered_list] touchid_heroSo, what’s new, really, aside from iOS 7? There’s the TouchID, for one. It’s a fingerprint sensor on the iPhone’s home button. This takes the place of entering a passcode on the touchscreen. The technology is pretty standard in laptops but this the first time we’re seeing it on a smartphone, a mainstream one at that. You can use this when purchasing from the iTunes Store, which makes the process easier and safer. That also means your girlfriend can no longer purchase apps on your iPhone using your credit card “by accident”. The TouchID is the one feature in the new iPhone that has the potential to be a game-changer. The rear camera at 8MP isn’t so impressive, although the iPhone camera has always performed above average despite the relatively low MP. And taking its cue from other manufacturers, Apple made the pixel size bigger. Yes, folks. The pixel remains on the hot seat as far as new cameras are concerned. Instead of opting for more megapixels, the iPhone now uses a sensor with 1.5 microns of a pixel, taking in more light. Sounds like a familiar strategy? Meanwhile, the front-facing HD camera, which Apple calls the FaceTime camera, would be a nice touch for existing Apple users. Even with the likes of Viber, WeChat, and WhatsApp, FaceTime remains a popular app on iOS. The 64-bit kernel makes the iPhone run faster. And all of the built-in apps in the iOS 7 are in a 64-bit structure as well, but 32-bit apps will still be supported.

iPhone 5c

Many expected Apple to introduce a cheap iPhone. iPhone 5c, however, is not that cheap starting at $599, $99 on contract. This time, Apple nailed it by dubbing the iPhone 5c as “The Most Colorful iPhone Yet”. If the gold, silver, and gray variants of the iPhone 5s shocked you, hold on to your boxers as the iPhone 5c comes in pink, yellow, blue, and green, in addition to the usual white. There’s one for everyone’s favorite color. Purple lovers would have to buy a case instead. iPhone5c_34L_AllColors_PRINTSpecs [unordered_list style=”green-dot”]

  • 4-inch 1136 x 640 326ppi Retina display
  • iOS 7, Siri
  • A6 chip
  • 8MP rear camera, 1080p HD video recording @ 30fps, 3x zoom
  • 1.2MP front camera, 720p HD video recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+, 3G
  • Lightning connector, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • 59.2 x 8.97 x 124.4mm, 132g

[/unordered_list] Words Aritha Zel Zalamea