At their recent press conference, Apple have revealed the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C and shown off the new iteration of their operating system, iOS7.
Apple may be very good at releasing high-end tech products with huge followings but one thing that the Californian technology company isn’t known for is their ability to keep their upcoming product reveals a secret. The popular smartphone maker has developed plenty of devices, with their touchscreen gadgets proving to be an undoubted success and the question recently asked by fans and critics is ‘what’s next for the iPhone?’ That was answered with rumours as reports suggested that not only would Apple’s iPhone 5S, the next, high-end version be gold, but that Apple would also launch a budget version of the iPhone and now, thanks to a reveal at their headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. we know that all much of that speculation was correct.
First, the next, ‘high-end’, more expensive iPhone, the iPhone 5S, will be priced at $199 for the 16GB model. The update that’s possibly garnering the most headlines out of all of the iPhone 5S’ new features is that the new phone will come with a fingerprint sensor built into its home button, enabling ‘Touch ID’, which can be used to unlock the iPhone or to make purchases. This new iPhone also includes the A7 chip as Apple has upgraded its hardware and they’ve given the phone’s camera a flash, while the iPhone 5S’ screen is 4 inches. The iPhone 5S will be released in silver, gold or ‘space gray’ on September 20th.
Secondly, there’s the iPhone 5C, the rumoured budget version of the pricey Apple smartphone. Retailing at $99 for the 16GB model, the iPhone 5C does seem to be as cheap as speculation suggested and for that price is the phone’s 4-inch display, whereas the phone itself is made of plastic that’s reinforced with steel. The iPhone 5C comes in several colours (green, blue, white, pink and yellow) with cases sold for $29 and it will be launched on September 13th.
Apple also revealed iOS7, their brand new operating system. iOS7 will come with redesigned buttons, icons and colour schemes, with critics describing the operating system as “flatter” than the iOS before it. With this iOS the iPhone’s camera app now has live photo filters, allowing users to edit their photos before sending them off to friends. It’s currently in beta now for the iPhone 4, iPad 2 or the fifth generation iPod Touch or their later versions.
We’ll keep you posted once we know more.