During today’s live Apple event, the tech giant announced two new devices, the iPhone 5c and 5s. Just last year Apple announced the iPhone 5, but that doesn’t stop them from making waves and increasing their sales.
The iPhone 5C comes in a variety of bright colors rather than just white and black and is covered in plastic. which makes it cheaper than the iPhone 5.
“The entire back and sides are made from a single part,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said at Tuesday’s event. There are no seams, and the casing is made of polycarbonate (fancy for plastic) reinforced with steel, and is described as “solid” and “dense” feeling.
The iPhone 5C measures 4 inches diagonally, the same as the iPhone 5, and has an 8-megapixel camera like the iPhone 5.
This 16G iPhone 5C will cost $99 and the 32G will cost $199 with a two-year contract. While it’s not actually “cheap,” it is definitely less expensive than Apple’s other new phone, the iPhone 5S.
In addition to the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 5s was also a huge announcement. The major changes with the 5s are the colors, which include a champagne, black and grey.
On the tech side, the 5s has added burst mode to the camera (which was already present in Android phones), SLR features, a new fingerprinting scanner to unlock the device and make purchases from iTunes. The pricing from the iPhone remains the same as the original iPhone 5 contract prices: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB & $399 for 64GB. The 5s also has a new feature called M7 which serves as accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and measures motion data, which could be used for fitness apps.
Both phones will be available on Sept.13th for pre-order (multiple countries) and live on Sept. 20th.
With all of that said, how long will it be before Apple offers an iPhone 6? Will the iPhone 5 become antiquated less than a year after its been released? It’s kind of crazy to think that there will be people, once again, camping outside of the Apple stores waiting to purchase the newest gadget. But is it worth it?
With Android and Windows phones becoming increasingly popular, Apple seems to want to play catch up. A couple of the features announced today by Apple have already been available on Android and Windows phones.
One company was kind of enough to let Apple know that they have their eye on them:
— Nokia UK (@nokia_uk) September 10, 2013
Clutchettes, Are you excited about the new iPhones?