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Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c – What You Need to Know
This week saw the launch of 2 new iPhones from Apple - the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. With months of speculation, leaks and rumours about what we could expect from these two new additions to the iPhone family, we've got the lowdown on the specs and features of these brand new handsets.
Firstly we look at the iPhone 5s which is aimed at the top end of the market. Moving away from their traditional black and white handsets, the iPhone 5s will come in 3 colour options silver, grey (space grey) and gold. There will also be 3 different models with varying storage capacity of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. The iPhone 5s will be powered by a new A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and will run on Apple’s latest iOS7 operating system. The 5s also features an M7 ‘motion coprocessor’ which will collect motion data making it compatible with many motion tracking fitness apps.
One of the most exciting innovations is the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor on the Home button which not only securely unlocks your phone but can be used to purchase from iTunes and the App store without using your password. You can also set up the 5s to recognise more than one fingerprint so your family can also access your phone.
In terms of design and size, the 5s comes with a 4-inch 1136x660 res screen (326ppi) and is just 7.6mm thick. Weighing in at a lightweight 112g, it's made from aluminium with sapphire crystal used in the Home button and for the camera. The rear-facing iSight camera is 8-megapixels and has a larger sensor (increase of 15%) and a larger aperture which means larger pixels and more light which will mean sharper and better photos. It also features a True Tone flash, a five-element lens, a burst mode, panorama and much more.
It should also be way more battery efficient than previous iPhone handsets thanks to its more efficient A7 chip which will give 10 hours of talk time, 8 hours of internet usage and 10 hours of video.
The so-called budget iPhone, the new iPhone 5c comes in a range of five bright colours including pink, blue, green, white and yellow. You can also buy funky cases with circular cut-outs on the reverse to make an interesting combination of colours.
The 5c is made from plastic with a steel reinforced frame for protection. It weighs 132 grams and is still pretty slim measuring a shade under 9mm. In terms of height and width the iPhone 5c is pretty similar in size to the 5s with the measurements just slightly bigger. Another thing that the 5c has in common with the 5s is its battery life, it will also power 10 hours of talk time, 10 hours of video and 8 hours of online browsing.
The iPhone 5c will also operate the new iOS7 and contrary to rumours it will also feature Siri. It will be available with built-in storage of 16GB or 32GB and will be powered by an A6 chip. This makes the 5c comparable with the iPhone 5 and will mean it will be just as fast if not faster than its predecessor.
The iPhone 5c’s camera is also pretty similar to the new iPhone 5s camera. Both handsets have a 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime camera and the 5c also has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Video recording specs are the same for both models and many of the camera features such as Face detection, geotagging and the Hybrid IR filter are the same. The iPhone 5c iSight camera has an aperture of 2.4 and an LED flash, we’ll have to wait to try out the 2 iPhone cameras to see how the photos compare.
Both iPhones will be available from the 20th September with in-depth reviews as soon as we get our mitts on them.