Apple has unveiled two new iPhones to consumers: the 5S, the company’s new flagship device that comes equipped a faster processor and a fingerprint sensor, and the new budget 5C. The new devices were announced on Tuesday at an event at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The iPhone 5S sports a similar form factor to last year’s iPhone 5. Dubbed the “gold standard in smartphones”, the device will be available in slate, silver, and gold colours. Apples new flagship device may look very similar to the iPhone 5, but under the hood it is a whole different beast. The phone comes equipped with the 64-bit Apple A7 processor (making the iPhone the first smartphone to support 64-bit computing), which Apple says supplies over twice the performance of the chip found in the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S also comes with a fingerprint scanner called TouchID, another first for a smartphone. This sensor can be found in the redesigned home button, which can now read your fingerprint, adding a new layer of security to the smartphone.
The device will be available from 20 September, and will come supplied with Apple iOS 7. Prices will start at £549 for the 16GB version, £629 for 32GB, going up to £709 for the 64GB variant.
At the event Apple also announced a new budget smartphone, the iPhone 5C, which is housed within a new polycarbonate shell and will be made available in five different colours (pink, blue, white, yellow and green). This new iPhone has been designed to target emerging markets, like China and India.
With specs rivalling that of the iPhone 5, including support for 4G, the iPhone 5C still kicks a punch. Pricing for the 5C starts at £469, which makes it significantly cheaper than previous iPhones at launch, but many will be disappointed Apple haven’t made their budget option cheaper.
The device will be released on 20 September, and will support iOS 7. Prices start at £469 for the 16GB version, going up to £549 for the 32GB variant.