As expected, Apple today announced both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c at the WWDC 2013 event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California. While there were some added features and specifications coupled with the announcement, there weren’t any major surprises thrown our way, thanks again to the leaked images and stats leading up to the event.
As was the case with previous unveilings, Apple have stuck to their naming conventions with the iPhone, announcing the iPhone 5s, an iterative update to the iPhone 5, as opposed to a complete overhaul. The smartphone has been dubbed “the most forward-thinking phone we’ve ever created” by Apple officials during the event. Apple have swapped out the previous chip, replacing it with a 64-bit A7 CPU, which feature twice the amount of transistors (more than one billion), but will still be supporting 32-bit apps on iOS 7, to be released on the 18th September. The GPU also promise speeds twice as fast, which means much higher graphics capabilities (supporting OpenGL ES 3.0), which was evident with the release of Infinity Blade III alongside the smartphone; crazy lens flares included to prove its point. Also included is the new M7 technology, which monitors motion data in real-time from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. The device also includes a fully functional fingerprint reading home button, which can be used for unlocking and buying stuff through iTunes.
Battery life has also been spruced up, with the update promising a 10 hour continuous 3G call, 40 hours music play, or 250 hours standby time. As with many new smartphones released recently, Apple, too, have added additional focus on its camera sensor, which is now 15% larger, with a five-element, Apple-designed lens, complete with autofocusing matrix metering. The new “True Tone” will feature over 1,000 variations of colour temperatures for your photos, while also recording at 120 frames per second, adding to the numerous capturing techniques already employed.
The iPhone 5s will see a limited release on the 20th September in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and UK. The number is expected to increase to over 100 countries by December 2013. The device will be priced at $199 for the 16GB version, 32GB at $299 and 64GB at $399 on a 2-year contract. Off-contract prices are set at $649, $749, and $849, respectively.
Alongside the new Apple flagship device, the company, for the first time, also announced a budget version of the iPhone, the 5c. As the leaked images suggested, the 5c was launched in a variety of colour variants with its new polycarbonate design. The frame is made from a single part with a reinforced steel structure, and the whole panel is a multitouch surface. Apple have long since been opposed to the idea of a plastic iPhone, have finally succumbed to the global pressures by releasing the “beautifully, unapologetically plastic” device. As expected, the specifications are watered down, offering a 4” retina display, A6 processor, 8MP camera with a 5-element lens, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The iPhone 5c will be available in blue, white, pink, yellow and green, and will also be released on the 20th September. The budget iPhone will set you back $549 and $649 for the 16 and 32GB versions, respectively.
Will you be updating your iPhone when it becomes available later this year?