Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Apple iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S Launched, Touch ID fingerprint scanner and Poly-Carbonate makes a debut

The launch event of Apple’s next generation iPhones was the most anticipated event for 2013. Apple unveiled 2 new smartphones for the first time ever on a single day. iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S along with the custom silicon cases for both the variants. A new Chip A7 was also unveiled for iPhone 5S along with a motion sensor chip M7 which works along side A7 to deliver the best ever smartphone performance. As expected, iPhone 5S has got a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Apple iPhone 5 has been discontinued but surprisingly, iPhone 4S remains. iPhone 5S camera has better optics, slow motion, and 'true tone' flash but is still 8MP.

Apple will ship 700 millionth iOS device next month and along with that, iOS 7 is expected to quickly become the world's most popular operating system.  With the “harmonious layout” the lock screen, iOS 7 is so alive with depth.

Multitasking view, which looks like cards. Quickly into Safari. There’s a new "Share Sheet" that makes it easier to share stuff on Twitter or email — plus AirDrop lets you share directly to people nearby over "P2P Wi-Fi."

iOS 7 will be available for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod 5th gen.

iWork now consists of the best-selling mobile productivity apps on any mobile platform.

iPhone 5C

It's made with all the incredible technology of the iPhone 5 and is available in following colors. The back is made of a hard-coated polycarbonate material and the battery is slightly larger than it was on the iPhone 5 but the processor remains the same as on the iPhone 5. Apple has also created custom cases with a "soft-feel silicon rubber at $29 each.

The iOS 7 is designed to match the iPhone 5C. The wallpapers match the phone's color.

Time to look at the manufacturing. A single piece of polycarbonate, into which there's a steel frame that doubles as an antenna.

Available in Blue, White, Pink, Yellow, and Green colors
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Technical Specifications iPhone 5C
  • 4-inch Retina Display
  • Integrated Touch
  • Full sRGB Standard
  • Widescreen video
  • Apple Designed A6 Chip
  • Console-level graphics
  • 8MP iSight camera
  • Hybrid IR Filter
  • Five-element lens
  • New FaceTime HD Camera
  • Larger 1.9m pixels
  • FaceTime Audio
  • Bluetooth 4.0802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Upto 100 Mbps Download
It has got more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.
Complete tech specs for iPhone 5C can be read here



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iPhone 5C Price

iPhone 5C 16GB at $99 and 32GB $199 on a two year contract.

iPhone 5S

It is available in Slate, Gold, and Silver. It's made of high-grade aluminum, with chamfered edges. There is a ring around the home button too. iPhone 5S has a brand new system-on-a-chip called A7. This is a 64-bit chip which is the first ever on a smartphone.

The new A7 chip from Apple with 64-bit desktop architecture has 2x general purpose registers with over one billion transistors. The iOS 7 has been completely re-engineered for 64-bit and Apple's apps are also 64-bit. XCode also supports 64-bit, so developers should be able easily upgrade as well. On top of it, the iPhone 5S will still run older 32-bit apps.

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iPhone 5S is over twice as fast in speed. There is a 40x CPU performance increase with 56x faster Graphics. It is 5x faster than the iPhone 5, Wow. It runs OpenGL|ES 3.0, like the new Nexus 7.

Along with the A7 chip, its got a new part, called the M7 "motion co-processor" works alongside the A7. M7 continuously measures the motion data, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It enables a new generation of health and fitness apps.

New CoreMotion API which identifies the user movements and the optimizations are based on the contextual awareness. It uses the A7, M7, and the GPS and it also uses Nike Fuel Points and is even integrated into Game Center.

The battery life, 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 Hours LTE browsing and with Up to 250 hours of standby, it's better than the iPhone 5.

Camera

A new, five-element Apple-designed lens with an F2.2 aperture. The sensor has got 15 percent larger active area. The new flash has two LEDs. One is cool and white, the other is warm and amber combined to get the right color balance out of the flash. It captures HD video at 720p.

Touch Sensor

The touch sensor has got the Touch ID capacitive sensor. It is 170 microns thin senses 500 ppi  and scans sub-epidermal skin layers. The ring around the home button is just a "detection ring" which turns on the Touch ID sensor. The home button is sapphire so it won't get scratches. With this new sensor, you can simply touch your home button to unlock your phone. You can also scan your fingerprint to do stuff in apps, like authenticate iTunes for buying apps. It can handle multiple fingerprints too.

It uses capacitive touch to read your fingerprint. All fingerprints are encrypted, and secured inside a secure enclave. It's never available to other software. It's never uploaded to Apple's servers or backed up to iCloud. iOS 7 is 64-bit and supports Touch ID. Starts at 16GB for $199, 32GB is $299, 64GB is $399 on a 2 year contract. Cases are also available for iPhone 5S for $39 each.

iPhone 5S Tech Specs can be read here

Surprise! The iPhone 4S is sticking around, at 8GB.

The pre-order starts September, the 13th and a week later on Sept 20th, you can purchase both in the US, Australia, Canada, etc. It will be available in 100 countries and 270 carriers by the end of the year.
Tim Cook thanked all the teams at Apple that worked so hard at creating these products.

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