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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New iPhone Models of Fall 2013 (& iOS 7 Update)

We've been waiting patiently for this day. Some since last October, others, like me, since June, and the day is finally here.

Apple unveiled not just one but two new models for its iPhone line. People were speculating whether the next phone would follow in the same footsteps as before and be a 5S or if it would be a totally new model being the 6. Apple revealed today that it would be a 5S which is basically the 5's body with some added performance features.

The same as before applies to this S model. Those looking to upgrade or move to the iPhone line should keep in mind two things when determining whether to choose or keep the iPhone 5 or move to the iPhone 5S. Anyone who is into the fastest hardware available ought to choose the iPhone 5S. Those who want a solid iPhone but don't need the extra performance are best sticking to the iPhone 5.

However, one feature that certainly separates the 5S from the 5 is that the 5S carries a new security feature. Perhaps the first in mobile devices for the public, the iPhone 5S reinvents the wheel by introducing a new home button. This new button has the ability to read the user's fingerprint which not only makes it easier on users but also paves the way for more security. It's very easy for someone to look over your shoulder and see your password but it's difficult for someone to replicate your fingerprint.

The technology is explained by Apple during today's event. In fact, the entire button went under a transformation. The button is, essentially, a small camera that captures your fingerprint's image.

For those weary of this feature, it seems that Apple understands the concerns and has promised to not send the fingerprint data anywhere including their own servers or any government agency. Instead, Apple promises to keep the fingerprints stored locally on the phone.

Considering the technology, I imagine there will be ways of getting around the fingerprint scanner altogether such as covering the button or using a fingernail instead of a finger press.

One other unique feature brought by the 5S is the introduction of an iPhone 64-bit processor in the new A7 chip. Up until now, all iPhones have been running 32-bit processors. The 64-bit processor allows more power to the device. According to most sources, 32-bit applications available through the Apple App Store will be compatible with the 64-bit 5S. However, this does bring some concerns for those of us with older iPhones as this may mean an increased chance of our devices becoming obsolete much faster if newer applications can't support our phones.

As well as the 5S, Apple will now be catering to those who haven't been so fortunate to purchase an iPhone at its high prices. This newer model into the iOS line will be known as the iPhone 5C. iPhones up until now have been made of mostly metal while the 5C will use a cheaper material being plastic. The 5C will be produced in a variety of colors as will the 5S.

According to Apple, the iPhone 5S will start at $199 for the 16 GB model on a qualifying 2 year contract and the iPhone 5C will start at $99 for the 16 GB model on a qualifying 2 year contract.

iOS 7 was also officially announced at the event and will be released to iOS models on September 18th in the United States with many new features and a brand new design. Both new iPhone models will be available on September 20th in the United States.

Will you be upgrading or updating? If so, what are you most excited for? If not, what are your concerns or let downs?

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