Today, Apple held its yearly press
event where they introduce new iPhones, and once again the company
provided what people were waiting for in the form of the next
generation of its very popular phone. Many of the rumors were true,
but Apple also brought in a few surprises as well. Here is a summary
of what the announcement covered and what you can expect if you want
to use the phone, or perhaps develop for iOS.
For the first time since the iPhone
launched, Apple introduced two separate devices, the iPhone 5C and
the iPhone 5S. It appears that the 5C is the lower end version and
the 5S is the higher end one. Because of this, the iPhone 5 will no
longer be produced or sold. The 5C is obviously meant to be a lower
cost version with a plastic design and color coded backs. It has many
of the current iPhone 5 features and keeps the same camera. It comes
in at $99 for the 16GB and $199 for 32GB, under contract.
The 5S however has quite a few
improvements. The camera is brand new and brings new features such as
burst shooting and slow motion video. The larger sensor also allows
more light to come in, producing less grainy photos. The home button
is being enhanced with a fingerprint scanner, allowing you to lock
and unlock your device with your thumb. Finally, the new chip
powering the iPhone is the A7, the first fully 64bits CPU in an
iPhone. This, Apple says, will help bring the next generation of apps
and games, something inventors may want to keep an eye on. The 5S
will come in at $199 and $299, with contract.
If you're in a hurry to try these out,
you will be able to get the phones in many countries starting on
September 20th. The latest release of iOS, version 7, will be
available for download to older devices on September 18th.