Last week, Apple held their annual iPhone event and announced not one, but two new iPhones slated to be released on the 20th September; the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s. Here are the things you need to know about Apple’s new phones:
- The “c” stands for colours! This new version of Apple’s standard iPhone comes in five beautiful colours, breaking away from Apple’s traditional black and white.
- It’s cheaper. The 5c is going to be priced from HK$4688 which is almost a thousand dollars cheaper than the premium iPhone 5s.
- Plastic is the new metal. The body of the iPhone 5c is made of a single piece of polycarbonate complete with a four inch glass screen with retina display.
- There are new cases to match (or mismatch) your choice of iPhone colour. Apple has created a Connect-4 style rubber case with holes allowing your iPhone’s true colours to peek through.
- It’s as fast as a computer. The 5s has a new chip installed called the A7 making it run twice as fast as the current iPhone 5.
- It can feel your movements. Another chip built into the iPhone 5s, called the M7, constantly measures motion data, accelerometer and gestural data meaning it can tell whether you’re walking or driving.
- It has a fingerprint scanner. Now you no longer need to remember your passwords for unlocking your phone or updating apps; the home button now doubles as a fingerprint scanner giving you a more secure way to protect your phone.
- The camera is way better. Apple have made serious upgrades to the iPhone 5s’ camera; the most notable being the addition of a dual-LED flash, making your pictures look more natural and balanced no matter the lighting conditions.
- The battery is also better. The 5s can now run on 10 hours of talk-time, 10 hours LTE browsing and has 250 hours of standby which is an improvement over the iPhone 5’s 8 hours talk-time, 8 hours LTE browsing and 225 hours of standby.
- It will come in a silver, space-grey and gold. Extravagant colours for an extravagant phone.
- It’s not as cheap as the 5c. The prices for the 5s will start at HK$5,588.
Both devices will run Apple’s updated software, iOS7, which features a much flatter and more minimalist design. Anyone with an iPhone 4, second generation or new iPad, iPad mini or fifth generation iPod Touch will be able to upgrade to iOS7 for free starting 18th September.