As expected, Apple officially announced the release of two new phones, which will be available to the public in the United States September 20th. The iPhone 5S was the main phone announced, with a low-cost iPhone 5C alternative being revealed as well.
With so many leaks and guesses surrounding the new Apple releases, the event on Tuesday finally confirmed everything on the mobile front. Instead of simply making the iPhone 5 a lower cost alternative, the 5C will step in as a colorful option for people trying to save a little money. The phone is actually a slight upgrade to the 5, with an improved front-facing FaceTime camera and support for more LTE brands. The phone is made up of a hard-coated polycarbonate that is slightly different than other options, but the five color choices will be what stand out the most at first glance.
While it remains to be seen just how popular these low-cost options will be, there will be plenty of hype surrounding the iPhone 5S. Apple certainly added to the hype, announcing quite a few upgrades that will catch some people by surprise. The look might be similar, but the phone will be much more powerful with a host of new features.
The CPU, camera and overall security seemed to be the three biggest points for Apple. The iPhone 5S will feature a 64-bit A7 processor that will be up to twice as fast handling certain tasks. One of the tasks that the phone will be asked to handle is the increase in photos. The rear camera will have a new 5-element lens with a f/2.2 aperture, along with a dual-LED flash that will help amateur photographers take sharper pictures. Slow motion video options and Burst Mode, where 10 pictures per second are taken in order to get the right shot, will be featured as well.
Finally, Apple spent a good amount of time focusing on the security upgrades to the iPhone 5S. As theft becomes more and more prevalent in all parts of the world, adding a Touch ID that utilizes a person’s fingerprint seems like a pretty logical step. Instead of having to rely on a pass code that can be easily stolen, the Touch ID will allow a person to unlock their phone simply by putting their finger against the home button.
All of these announcements make the iPhone 5S seem like a worthy upgrade. While many passed on the 4S, the 5S seems different enough to entice people to go ahead and get the latest phone on the market.