Apple introduces new iPhones, iOS 7
Apple's big announcement today went pretty much as folks expected, with two new iPhone models taking the stage and a date announced for the introduction of the new version of the operating software that runs iPhones. Here's a basic rundown, as compiled by MacRumors.com:
The iPhone 5s: That's right, the "S" is now lowercased. But probably even more interesting:
- New "Touch ID" fingerprint sensor built into the home button, allowing users to unlock their phones and make purchases from iTunes Store without use of a passcode or password.
- A better camera and flash. Users will have the option of a "burst mode," capable of capturing 10 pictures per second and presenting what it predicts you'll think is the best of the bunch. Video will be 720p HD, at 120 frames per second.
- A new processor that's about double the speed of the iPhone 5.
- Three colors: silver, gold and "Space Gray."
- Priced at $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) with a 2-year contract. Unlocked, "non-contract" prices at launch will be $649, $749 and $849, respectively.
The iPhone 5c: Yes, the "C" is little, too. The details:
- A colorful plastic case — Apple calls it a hard-coated polycarbonate — with a steel interior frame. The same processor and rear camera are the same ones the iPhone 5 had.
- A better front-facing camera for use with Apple's FaceTime videoconferencing software, Skype, etc.
- Support for new LTE carriers.
- Priced at $99 (16GB) and $199 (32GB) with a 2-year contract.
iOS 7: Apple's new operating system, available to you if you own an iPhone 4 or newer. It brings a whole bunch of new features, including easier access to common system settings, a redesigned Notification Center, iTunes Radio (think of it as a competitor to Pandora and Spotify) and improved multitasking. Available Sept. 18 — two days before the announced release date for the iPhone 5s and 5c — it will also run on the iPad 2 and later. Future support is planned for the iPad mini and the most recent iteration of the iPod touch.
If you're interested, MacRumors.com is one of several sites offering live blogging of Apple announcements — but they stand out to my eye as doing a particularly good job. You can still browse their live report, if you're interested.