Apple has unveiled two new iPhones — the flagship 5s, introducing new hardware features, and the lower-end 5c. Do either of them strike your fancy?
Overnight in California, Apple announced that it would be adding two new smartphones to its iPhone range: theand the colourful, .
The 5s, available in silver, gold and "space grey", adds a few new hardware features to the iPhone 5. The most notable of these is the long-rumoured fingerprint scanner. Apple has done away with its indented Home button. The new button is flush with the front of the phone, and has a sapphire crystal coating equipped with a capacitive touch sensor for reading your fingerprint. It enables the user to unlock the phone and make iTunes purchases without entering a password, potentially locking out .
Inside, it packs an A7 processor — the first 64-bit architecture within a mobile phone. The camera has also been upgraded to 8 megapixels, with a larger sensor and f/2.2 aperture. It will retail outright for AU$869 for the 16GB model, AU$999 for the 32GB model and AU$1129 for the 64GB model.
The 5c, on the other hand, is simply a lower-cost model of the iPhone 5, replacing its predecessor — the iPhone 5 is not available on the Apple online store as of today. The 5c has a slightly higher battery life, and has replaced the glass and aluminium back of the iPhone 5 with durable plastic, in five different colours: green, blue, yellow, pink and white.
It will retail for AU$739 for the 16GB model and AU$869 for the 32GB model. For comparison, the iPhone 5 retailed for AU$799 for the 16GB model and AU$899 for the 32GB model.