While Apple official announcements have lost their sense of surprise because of the numerous and often accurate leaks, people still tuned in to the keynote speech where CEO Tim Cook revealed two new iPhone models: the low-cost and multi-colored 5C and the 5s, the world’s first 64-bit phone. Japan is one of the lucky countries where the new phones will be shipped to first on September 20.
The rumors were mostly true as the 5S comes in silver, gold, and space gray while the “unabashedly plastic” 5C will have more variety with its green, yellow, blue, white, and red models. According to Apple, they are the first to use the A7, 64-bit chip that will be two times faster than the current iPhone 5 and forty times faster than the very first iPhone. It also claims that the graphics capability is 56 times better than the original one. The camera also comes with new capabilities, from having a 15% bigger sensor to auto image stabilization, a burst mode, a 28-megapixel panorama, and slow motion. Another rumor that proved to be true is the Touch ID, a fingerprint-based security option that will be built into the home button. Aside from protecting your iPhone, it can also be used to make purchases in iTunes for starters.
The two new models will be available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and U.K. starting September 20. There is no pricing yet for the Asian market, but in the US the prices range from USD $199-$399, depending on the storage capacity. Domestically, there is no news yet of which mobile carrier will offer the new phones, but of course Softbank and KDDI are the only two carriers that currently offer Apple products. Rumors say that Docomo will finally relent and offer Apple devices, but there is sill no official announcement from the company.
[ via PC Mag ]
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