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iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c: specs, launch details and pricing plans

Here's our wrap of the news, reviews, pricing details and other coverage of Apple's brand new smartphones.

It's official: the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c are on sale now.

The iPhone 5s. (Credit: Dave Cheng/CNET Australia)

So much information has been pumped out over the past week it's probably been overwhelming, so here's the rundown of what you need to know about the new iPhones. Follow the links for the full stories on all of our coverage.

The phones

The iPhone 5s is the flagship phone, coming in silver, grey and gold, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. Our full review of the 5s is here.

The iPhone 5c is the slightly cheaper version, available in five bright colours and in 16GB and 32GB versions. Our review of the 5c is here.

The specs

The new phones run iOS 7, which is being rolled out to older handsets as well.

If you want to see how the two new phones compare to the old iPhone 5, you can get a spec rundown here.

If you want to see how the flagship iPhone 5s compares to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, you can see a spec rundown of those three phones here.

One of the differences between the two is that the iPhone 5s has a fingerprint sensor built in that you can use to unlock the device and approve iTunes payments. More applications are on the way.

Apple has also been hyping the camera on the iPhone 5s. Here's how it compares to the iPhone 5, the HTC One, the Lumia 1020 and the Galaxy S4.

The pricing

All the major telcos have released pricing plans for the new iPhones:

While the iPhone 5c was anticipated to be a lower-priced alternative, in Australia, it's not actually that much cheaper than the iPhone 5s.

In fact, some people are saying that there's too much "Australia tax" on the whole range of iPhones.

The launch

Jimmy Gunawan was the first person in the world to buy the iPhone 5s — he got it from the Sydney Apple Store.

CNET's sister site ZDNet was also on hand to document the launch of the new iPhones in Sydney.

And, if you're really keen, you can see all our live blog coverage from the 11 September launch in the US right here.