There were no real surprises at the Apple event today as Apple announce the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C is a low cost iPhone aiming to claw back some of the ground lost to low cost Android Phones. The 5C comes in five colours: blue, green, pink, yellow and white and comes with a 4 inch retina display, A6 chip and 8MP camera. Essentially it seems to be a repackaged iPhone 5. The 5C will be available for pre-order on Friday 13th(!) for an sim free price of £469 which isn’t exactly cheap.

The iPhone 5S has Apple’s new A7 chip running 64bit architecture which Apple say makes it “blazing fast”. The only other change of note is the finger print scanner called Touch ID for unlocked the phone and authentication with the app store. The camera is still 8 megapixel but with a larger sensor. It also comes in a new gold colour which I have to say looks nice. The 5S starts at £549 for the 16GB version going up to £709 for the 64GB versions.

Both devices will come with the new iOS 7 and the older devices will be able to update on September 18th.

Forward-Thinking Smartphone in the World

iPhone 5s Features 64-bit A7 chip, All-New 8 Megapixel iSight Camera with True Tone Flash & Introduces Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor

CUPERTINO, California—September 10, 2013—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5s, the most forward-thinking iPhone yet, featuring an all-new A7 chip, making iPhone 5s the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including an all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology and featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari®, Siri® and iTunes Radio℠.

Apple Introduces iPhone 5c—The Most Colorful iPhone Yet

All-New Design, Packed with Incredible Features in Five Gorgeous Colors

CUPERTINO, California—September 10, 2013—Apple® today introduced iPhone® 5c, featuring an all-new design, packed with incredible features in five gorgeous colors—blue, green, pink, yellow and white. iPhone 5c is built on a foundation of features people know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina® display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight® camera—all while delivering great battery life. iPhone 5c comes with more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world, a new FaceTime® HD camera, and iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.

“iPhone 5c is everything iPhone 5 was and more, in an all-new design packed with great features,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5c is designed with a beautiful polycarbonate enclosure that looks and feels so solid in your hand.”

iPhone 5c features an all-new design crafted from a single, hard-coated polycarbonate body with a steel reinforced frame for a solid, sturdy feel. The steel frame holds the internal components and also doubles as the iPhone 5c’s multiband antenna. The enclosure is one continuous and seamless structure that is finished with a hard coat for a durable and incredibly glossy surface. To complement the all-new iPhone 5c design, Apple created soft, matte, microfiber-lined cases in a very intentional contrast to the glossy, hard coat finish. These sleek silicone cases with unique circular patterns let splashes of color show through, and with five iPhone 5c colors and six cases to choose from, you can mix and match for dozens of fun combinations.

iPhone 5c comes with all the features customers love in iPhone 5, and more. The Apple-designed A6 chip provides incredible performance and power efficiency, all while delivering great battery life, so almost everything you do on iPhone 5c is blazing fast, from launching apps and loading web pages to downloading email attachments. iPhone 5c features a stunning 4-inch Retina display and an 8 megapixel iSight camera, the most popular camera in the world. iPhone 5c also includes a new FaceTime HD camera for even better FaceTime calls and self-portraits, and with iOS 7, you can make audio-only FaceTime calls for the first time.

iPhone 5c makes it even easier to connect to high-speed networks with support for up to 13 LTE¹ wireless bands, more than any other smartphone in the world. With download speeds up to 100 Mbps², you can browse, download and stream content even faster. iPhone 5c includes dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support for up to 150 Mbps² and Bluetooth 4.0. iPhone 5c delivers an amazing 10 hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and LTE networks and up to 8 hours on 3G networks, and up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback.³

2 thoughts on “Apple announce the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S”
  1. “The iPhone 5C is a low cost iPhone aiming to claw back some of the ground lost to low cost Android Phones”

    Ian, you have got to be joking! There is no way I, or most people would call a £469 phone ‘low cost’ and there is now way the 5c will ‘claw back’ those who choose to use low cost Android Phones.

    As for ‘no real surprises at the Apple event’ well I would say there were plenty:

    1. The high cost of what had been previously rumoured to be ‘low cost iPhone’
    2. The lack of a new larger screen on either new handset
    3. The lack of NFC
    4. The complete failure to address Apple TV development
    5. No iWatch as so many had predicted

    Innovation my ass!

    1. I agree “sim free price of £469 which isn’t exactly cheap.”
      It was a pretty dull event and nothing that hadn’t been leaked.
      We recorded an hour podcast last night and forgot to talk about it right up to the end.

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