New iPhones add color, read fingerprintsApple 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.
It's time for colorful iPhones. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Apple finally has revealed two new types of iPhones, and yes, the rumors were true. We have a gold iPhone 5S that can read your fingerprints and there's a cheaper plastic iPhone 5C. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to know. The top-of-the-line iPhone 5S comes in three shades -- a dark grey, silver, and gold -- and it's pretty much the same design as the current iPhone 5 except for a few improvements. The biggest one is that the Home button can now scan your fingerprint at a very detailed level, and even if your thumb is a bit off-center, it still should work. Apple says your print is not being stored on Apple servers. This information is just saved on your phone, but it can be used as a quick way to verify that you want to buy a song or an app, no more passwords needed and no more swiping to unlock. There's also a new chip inside called the M7. It just keeps track of motion, so apps can know if you're walking or driving or how active you are. Apple didn't talk about a smartwatch, but this technology is something we could see in a future iWatch activity tracker. Now, aside from faster processors, the camera also got a boost. It has a better sensor and the flash is something called True Tone flash which white balances the photo so your flash will match the color of the room. So, if there are amber lights around you, it will look like you have an amber light flash instead of a bright white flash. Apple also added new software tricks. The camera can take multiple photos and it automatically picks the sharpest for you, and there's a slow-mo video capture mode. The price is what you would expect, starting at $200 with a contract, but I hope you're sitting down because you cannot pre-order this phone and get it mailed to you on the launch day. If you want to be among the first to have it in your hand on September 20th, it looks like you'll have to go to a store. Yup. Get ready for the lines. But you will be able to pre-order the colorful plastic iPhone 5C beginning on Friday, September 13th, which will also arrive a week later on the 20th. If you don't care about fingerprint sensors and extra snazzy cameras, then the 5C will save you $100. Apple isn't selling last year's iPhone 5 at all anymore, but it is selling the two-year-old 4S for free under contract which is a little odd since it's the only one that still has the old 30-pin connector dock. But even if you're not getting a new model, current iPhone and iPad owners can upgrade to the new iOS 7 operating system starting on September 18th. It has a completely new look and navigation, so it will certainly feel like a new device. That's your tech news update, but you can get more details on the new iOS 7 and iPhone models at CNET.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.