Apple announces new iPhone 5C and 5S

Here's a quick recap of Apple's announcement of two new iPhones that will replace the iPhone 5 in the market. First is the much anticipated, more-affordable iPhone, the iPhone 5C that comes in 5 colors. 

While this is getting called the 'cheap' iPhone, I wouldn't really call it cheap as it is still priced as much as a mid-ranged non-Apple phone. It doesn't really compare to say a cheap Samsung phone that costs around P6,500 and comes with much inferior specs. This is pretty justifiable though because specs-wise, you are technically getting an iPhone 5 in a plastic case. 

I think this is better suited for kids and teens but fashionistas may also want the flexibility in colors and the option to change the case.

Here are some of the significant specs:

iOS 7
4-inch Retina display
Facetime camera - 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960, 720p HD video recording
8 megapixel back-camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1080p HD video recording- 30 fps
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G; Standby time: Up to 250 hours; Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

Since, I am not a fan of colors on my phone, I am more excited about the release of the iPhone 5S (except for the gold one). 

The phone comes with an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture which supposedly translates to twice the speed and performance of the its predecessor. Of course for people that just use their phones to text, call and occasionally post pictures in Instagram, this doesn't really mean much. But for people like us that use an infinite number of apps, games, do our office work and blog on the go, this should mean a world of difference. 

While the jury is still out on the actual benefits of the A7 chip, iPhone 5s also dons an improved camera with f2.2 aperture. For anyone that has tried shooting in the dark, this means greater light sensitivity and better photos when you try to capture that cityscape at night. Other features like slo-mo video recording are extra perks but none that you would need to use on a daily basis.

Finally,  the added Fingerprint option now makes your phone more secure and prevents the Lally's in your lives to read messages from your Erics :))

Geekynights brought us a good point when they said that the home button is one that is usually first to encounter issues in an iPhone and users may soon encounter problems should the reader not work properly. Apple addressed these concerns by 1. Making the Home button more durable. Made from laser-cut sapphire crystal, the surface of the button directs the image of your finger to a capacitive touch sensor that reads your fingerprint. 2. You can save up to 5 (?) fingerprints for the sensor to remember which should serve as back-up in case you suddenly mutate and your fingerprints follow suit. For iCloud, you would still need to use your password, but hey another layer of security is always welcome.

Would-be robbers would also think twice before grabbing your phone unless they plan to take your fingers along with them. If they ever figure out a way to dupe this technology a la Mission Impossible, you can always use your Find my iPhone app.

Here is a list of some of its specs. 

A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button - Touch ID
Retina display
4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
8 megapixel back-camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Sapphire crystal lens cover; True Tone flash
1080p HD video recording- 30 fps- Slo-mo video
Facetime camera - 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960, 720p HD video recording
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G; Standby time: Up to 250 hours; Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

As I have have always said, despite the added features, some other phone would always have something at par, or even better than the iPhone. But for me, this is my phone of choice because of the limitless options given by the Apple App Store and iTunes. That is something that is unparalleled for now and it happens to be exclusive to the brand.

The iPhone 5C and 5S will be available in the US on September 20, 2013; in the Philippines it is expected to be released sometime December.

Meanwhile, iOS7 will be available for download globally on September 18, 2013.

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