Everything you need to know about Apple’s September event
You might be aware of the Apple event that took place in the Cupertino Headquarters yesterday, September 10th. We saw some new launches and updates, mostly in accordance with previous rumors. I followed the event live and for those who missed it, here are the things you should know.
First things first, the iPhone 5S
The main attraction of the event was Apple’s new flagship phone, which will quite unsurprisingly be called the iPhone 5S. Bearing looks very similar to the predecessor, it comes in three colours – silver, space grey and gold. Packing inside, is a new A7 chip and a new GPU (50% better performance), with an extra M7 coprocessor (for continuous motion tracking), better camera with 15% larger sensor area and a dual LED (true-tone) flash, LTE with more band support and a slightly bumped up battery. Now to that killer feature – Touch iD. As leaks suggested, the home button in 5S does have a silver ring around it and sports a fingerprint sensor which can replace the need for passwords. So are these worth your upgrade?
Available at stores on 20th September, starting from $199 on contract and $649 for unlocked, for the 16GB model.
The new lineup – iPhone 5C
Rumors didn’t disappoint us here, either. Apple launched a new line of iPhones, the iPhone 5C, that sports the specs same as the iPhone 5, inside. The same processor, battery, screen and camera as the previous flagship phone. It is the outside that has taken a roll. We have a completely plastic or polycarbonate shell which is available in 5 colours – white, yellow, green, blue and red. But unlike what we thought, the ‘C’ stands for colours and not cheap, as is quite evident from their tags.
Available for pre-order on 13th, and delivery on 20th. It is priced at $99 on contract and unlocked at $549 for the 16GB model.
The software part – iOS 7
There is not much to talk more here. You might have already gone through dozens of websites in the post-WWDC days. Just a few more to add will be the integration of Touch ID throughout the OS which replaces just any authentication, and not just unlocking, with your finger. Also, the iPhone 5C backgrounds and borders will by default be the best suited for your phone’s colour.
Also, we now have an official launch date too. It will be available to the public on the 18th of this month, as a free upgrade of course. iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above and iPod Touch 5G are supprted.
The other stuff
In addition to the major announcements mentioned above, as expected from any Apple event, there were some stats time, laugh time and entertainment time. Tim started with iTunes Festival and the event ended with a few songs by Elvis Costello. Also the Infinity Blade III was demoed by EPIC games to showcase the graphics potential of the new iPhone 5S.
So that’s pretty much it. Everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone event, 2013. Hope you enjoyed. Please do tell us in comments below, whether you were impressed or disappointed by the announcements.