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Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C – All you need to know


Apple has officially unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S.

As expected, Apple’s new iPhone has received a bump in specs over the previous iteration along with a new modest handset iPhone 5C for emerging markets.

Both devices will arrive on September 20 in the United States through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, as well as selected Apple authorized resellers.

Apple iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 5S, the flagship iPhone, will be available in 3 colors: black, white and gold — and the hardware specs are mostly same that you learned in past weeks of never-ending rumors. It starts with a 64-bit A7 chipset – able to run both in native and 32-bit application. The processor is 2 times faster than the previous A6, and 40 times faster and 56 times better in drawing graphics compared to the first iPhone in 2007.

In addition to the A7 chipset, Apple iPhone 5S introduces a new M7 processor — a motion co-processor detects measures user’s position from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass, without exercising A7 to improve performance.

The 8-megapixel rear camera is also completely new, coming with a larger 2.2 aperture, and a 15 percent larger active sensor area. Hence, the rear camera is more sensitive to light and less prone to the problem of purple fringing. The dual LED flash called True Tone, allows you to analyze more than 1,000 different scene, so that the colors are perfect even in the most difficult lighting conditions.

Additionally, the camera combines the power of the A7 SoC to have stabilized images, with a shutter speed of 10 frames per second. For video lovers, there is Slo-Mo mode, to capture 720p video at 120 frames per second.

Now let’s come to the most anticipated feature: Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor is integrated directly into the home button of the iPhone. The sensor is only 170 microns thick and capable of scanning at 550 ppi, and can be used in all directions.

Surprisingly, Apple didn’t talk about the battery but they mentioned that the A7 processor would harness battery power better and offer 10 hours of LTE browsing, as well as 250 hours of standby and 40 hours of music playback.

In the United States, Apple iPhone 5S will cost the same as its predecessor, iPhone 5 starting $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB option paired with a two-year contract.

Apple iPhone 5C

Apple iPhone 5C, a new member of the iPhone family, is made of polycarbonate body with different colors: green, white, red, yellow and blue — and it’s basically the same smartphone that has been admired in these long weeks of continuous leaks.

iPhone 5C appears as an exciting smartphone although it is similar to its predecessor, iPhone 5 in hardware form factor. The device boasts a 4-inch Retina display, an A6 processor and 8-megapixel, 720p front-facing camera, but to make it better, there is an LTE connectivity without geographical constraints, in addition to full support for Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth 4.0.

Apple also offers back-cover in different colors for just $29. However, it will cost $99 for the 16GB model, $199 for the 32GB model combined with a two-year contract.

Moreover, Apple iPhone 4S still remains as an entry-level smartphone of Cupertino, while the arrival of iPhone 5S and 5C is expected in stores from September 20 in some selected countries, including in the US, UK, Australia, China, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore.

Here’s a chart below for a deep dive into the specs:

iPhone 5S iPhone 5C
Operating system iOS 7 iOS 7
Display 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136×640 pixels, 326 ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136×640 pixels, 326 ppi
Processor A7 CPU (64-bit) A6 CPU (32-bit)
Memory 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB
4G LTE Yes Yes
Camera 8-megapixel, 1080p front-facing, dual-LED flash 8-megapixel, 720p front-facing
Battery Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G; embedded Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G; embedded
Fingerprint scanner Yes No
Dedicated fitness tracking Yes No
Weight and thickness 3.95 ounces, 0.3 inch 4.65 ounces, 0.35 inch
Colors Gray, gold, silver Blue, green, pink, yellow, white
Price $199, $299, $399 $99, $199, $549 off contract (16GB)
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