New iPhones add color, read fingerprints

Apple introduces the iPhone 5S, which can be unlocked with a fingerprint, and the cheaper, plastic iPhone 5C. CNET's Bridget Carey breaks down what you need to know about the new devices.

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This time around, Apple is releasing two new iPhones. Today's CNET Update video explains what's new about the high-end iPhone 5S, including a fingerprint scanner and a better camera . But if you don't care about those upgrades, cut $100 off the price with the plastic iPhone 5C.

With the new models, Apple says goodbye to last year's iPhone 5 -- but the older iPhone 4S survives and will be sold for free with a new contract.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5C begin September 13, but Apple is not taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5S. Those who want to be the first to have the new model in hand on September 20 will likely have to wait in line at a store -- unless retailers offer reservations.

But changes are in store even for those who don't buy a new iPhone. Current iPhone and iPad owners can feel like they're getting a new device with the upgrade to iOS 7 coming out September 18, which will have a dramatic new look.

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About the author

Bridget Carey is writer and host of CNET Update, a daily tech news show. She's now in New York, but she started in Miami, covering tech trends, reviewing gadgets and authoring the nation's first social media etiquette column. Why journalism? She was born 150 years too early to join Starfleet.

 

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