Apple released details about the new iPhone 5c today and with its plastic exterior, reduced price, and colorful case combinations it is easy to assume it's geared towards... dare I say it? Kids.
I know my son would give almost anything for the green model, and with a $99 price tag for the 16GB version it's a great addition to my holiday gift list for him. Is this what Apple had in mind when they designed the 5C?
You can finally relax! Apple has officially announced its new products during a special event at the tech company's Cupertino campus this morning. As predicted, it released a new line of iPhones: the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint sensor built into the Home Button, a faster processor, and a better camera; and the lower-cost iPhone 5C with a Retina 4-inch display and colorful plastic casings. Apple also announced its new operating system, iOS 7, which will be available for download Sept. 18, complete with its new Internet radio service, iTunes Radio.
Apple is touting its new fingerprint-scanning security in the latest iPhone 5S as, "making something as important as security so effortless, so simple. We believe that technology is at its very best, and its most empowering, when it simply disappears." As anyone who has worked in the field of security knows, to accomplish this is not a small order and the devil is in the details. Most online services use two-factor security as well as encryption for a reason—because for every security apparatus that you put in place, there will probably appear multiple hacks to circumvent it. That said, Apple is boldly implementing a technology that was been tried before. Based on today's press event, it may change the way we authenticate to our iPhones and even the way we authorize purchases from them.
Well, the press event just wrapped up, and I'm sure our excellent bloggers will be digesting and rounding up all the details for days. Coming to iPhoneland will be a bevy of colors (iPhone 5S: Gold, Silver, and a "Space-Gray"; iPhone 5C: White, Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow). To accompany the new 5S: $39 leather cases, in 5 colors, and $29 silicon cases for the 5C. News about older iPhone models was somewhat surprising, but makes sense when you think about it: The iPhone 5 goes away, and the 4S 8GB model will become free with contract. A pricing roundup on the new models follows. (source CNET):
Holy s'molies, the new iPhone 5S will sport an A7 64-bit mobile chip, and a motion co-processor, creating a whole new era in game graphics as well as health and fitness apps for iPhone! The specifics include support for xcode and 32- and 64-bit apps (2x gen, and floating point registers).
The new iPhones are here! So what does it mean for us developers? For the first time ever, Apple is introducing two tiers of iPhones simultaneously. In the past, the previous generation of iPhones were kept around at a discounted price. The problem with that scheme is that older platforms stuck around past their freshness date. For example, up to this day, the iPhone 4S with its 30-pin connector was still being sold by Apple. From a developer standpoint, this practice means we have to support things like the smaller screen and older versions of iOS that much longer. By introducing a low-end but still pretty much state-of-the-art iPhone 5c, anyone who buys an iPhone going forward will have access to current operating system and latest features and the lowest common denominator is higher than it used to be. And that means A6 32-bit chip at a minimum (A7 64-bit on the iPhone 5s) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
Wow, there is a bunch of great news already coming out from the press event today at Apple. Am following the excellent CNET live coverage here. Not only will Siri get pumped up to search tweets and Wikipedia sources, iTunes Radio lets you create custom radio stations. Outstandingly, iWork apps, iMovie, and iPhoto will be free!
As is already widely known, Apple has just kicked off a press event today to likely announce that it is doubling down on new iPhone models (5S, and 5C, more technical covereage on that angle from Todd Bernhard forthcoming) at a press event at their Cupertino, CA headquarters. Most will undoubtedly love the new 5S 4G LTE network download speeds, with a snazzy new iOS shell to gaze at to boot and maybe a fingerprint sensor. Mainly, I was interested to hear about other stuff, like maybe new iCloud/iTunes (since so much press has been leaked about the new iPhones already), or something earth-shatteringly cool like a new iWatch or iPad model (though not likely), but anyway... All of our iPhoneLifers are keenly scouring every tech news outlet to grab news about this exiting event for our readers!
In 2012, Oyster secured $3 million in financing by Founders Fund, and today the New York startup has begun the invitation process for its app. Commonly referred to as "Netflix for e-books," Oyster offers unlimited books for $9.95 a month. Currently, the app is stocked with over 100,000 titles, updated weekly.
Enthusiasm for Tuesday's event continues to build, with Cult of Mac reporting that customers wanting the new phone were already starting to line up yesterday at Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City. As much as we know about the new phones, there's still a lot that we don't, especially about the 5C. So interest in Apple's announcement remains high.
According to the website Electronista, a post by China Telecom accidentally confirmed that Apple will be announcing the iPhone 5S and 5C next Tuesday. As if there were any doubt by now. Details on the new iPhone 5S continue to emerge, including some clues about the Home button/fingerprint sensor. According to AppleInsider, it appears that Apple will place a subtle silver ring around the Home button to differentiate the fingerprint-enabled button from its appearance on the other iPhones.
Two videos have been posted this week that give you a clear look at the forthcoming iPads based on the front panel and the back casing. First a video of the the fifth-generation iPad was posted by Lou of Unboxing Therapy earlier this week. (See the video embedded below.) It shows in detail the new device compared to the current fourth-generation iPad. As expected, the new version is narrower overall, thanks to the narrower bezels left and right. In that respect, it has the same form factor as the iPad mini. The video demonstrates that by placing the iPad 5 front panel on top of a fourth-generation iPad, so you can see easily compare the size, and does the same for the back panel.
Somehow an Australian teen named Sonny Dickson is getting some big scoops, first attracting attention last month by posting quality images and videos of the champagne and gray casings for the expected iPhone 5S. Now he's posted hi-res photos of the fingerprint sensor that's expected to be in the new phone. While one can never be sure the photos are authentic, he insists he's verified their authenticity. The fingerprint sensor is expected to be part of the Home button and to be used to enhance security.
Sony has just announced its release of the world's first smartphone-attachable lens-style camera!
Snap it on your iPhone, prop it on its legs, or hold it in your hands, the DSC-QX10 or QX100 (coming soon) does not require any wires or very much technical know-how. If you can download an app and press the camera icon on your iPhone, you will be well on your way to snapping images pretty much right out of the box.
This summer, Apple added eight content providers to their Apple TV set-top box, including Disney, ESPN, HBO Go, and Smithsonian, indicating that this product is getting increased attention. Not only that, but some evidence suggests that Apple may be working on a software developer's kit that will let content providers create their own apps for the device. That would hugely increase its appeal.
Now it's been discovered that Apple has received three shipments from China labeled "set-top boxes." Those three shipments total 40 metric tons. That's a lot of product. You can read more details on AppleInsider. Clearly something is going on, and the speculation is that Apple may announce a new set-top box at their event on September 10.
Should they release an enhanced version of their Apple TV set-top box, and should they announce a developer's kit, this will be unexpected—and big news.
iMore has posted a great article on how to get the most money for your old iPhone. The site gives tips for preparing it for sale, including unlocking it. The article also gives an overview of services that buy your old phone. Plus, it notes that last Friday, Apple began offering its own in-store trade-in program. You can read more on InformationWeek. It doesn't pay quite as much as other services, but you get the convenience of simply trading in your old phone when you go to buy a new one. The iMore article says a typical price for a used 16GB iPhone 5 is $250.
Apple sent out invitations today for an event next Tuesday, Sept. 10. The colorful invitation reads, "This should brighten everyone's day." The announcement appears to confirm two rumors: that the next iPhone will launch on that date, and that Apple will launch a low-cost iPhone 5C that will come in multiple colors. Plus, the top-of-the-line iPhone 5S is expected to come in a gold or champagne color as well as white and slate.
It seems pretty certain that Apple will host an event September 10 to announce new iPhones. And now new evidence suggests that those iPhones will go on sale Friday, September 20. The evidence? Both AT&T and T-Mobile have told their employees that nobody can take vacation time the weekend of September 20. This usually happens when a new iPhone launches: All hands are needed on deck because of the huge crowds.
Sept. 10 promises to be a very interesting day for those of us who love our Apple products, as well as for the company itself. Lately, consumer confidence in the innovative tech company has been fluctuating, and despite record-setting sales of its iDevices, Apple is still being lambasted for an apparent lack of innovation and an inability to keep up with the changing times in the smartphone market that it revolutionized. All eyes are on Apple, with both consumer and investor confidence hanging in the balance.
All the evidence continues to point toward a Sept. 10 event to launch two new iPhones, and we can likely expect Apple to make an official announcement next week. A new video has appeared on the web that gives you a good look at the forthcoming champagne- or gold-colored iPhone 5S as well as a blue iPhone 5C.
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