Well the wait is over, it’s time to see if those rumours that have been circling the net for the past 6 months were true. What will the iPhone 5S look like? What new features will it have? Will there be an iPhone 5C? Check out the live updates below!
- The iPhone 5C is a plastic alternative to last year’s iPhone 5
- It comes in five colours including pink, green, white, blue and yellow
- It will be shipped running Apple’s latest iOS 7 software
- The iPhone 5S comes in three colours including gold, silver and slate
- Apple claim the device is twice as fast as the current handset
- The fingerprint scanner is built into the ‘home’ button of the iPhone 5S
- Called Touch ID, the scanner lets you buy apps at the touch of a button
- It can handle multiple fingerprints securely
In what’s been classed as a ‘make or break’ event for Apple, the tech firm has unveiled a cut-price handset called the iPhone 5C as well as a high-end model called iPhone 5S. The release of the iPhone 5C marks a step away from Apple’s luxe image. Many believe the move is a desperate bid to poach Samsung buyers, as the Korean company and its plastic, cheaper handsets go from strength to strength.
4-inch Retina display with an integrated touch layer. A6 processor – same as the iPhone 5. The battery is slightly larger than it was on the iPhone 5. It has the same 8-megapixel rear camera and a new FaceTime HD cameras. It supports ‘more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.’ Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 The handset will cost $99 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB.
UK pricing is yet to be announced. Speaking at the event, Apple’s Tim Cook told a small crowd at the firm’s Cupertino headquarters: I’m going to talk about iPhone – some of you may have been expecting this,’ said Cook.
‘Previously we have lowered the price – but now we are going to replace the iPhone 5 with not one but two new designs. ‘A year ago we introduced the iPhone 5, and it’s been the most successful device we’ve ever done. It took our iPhone business to an entirely new level,’ continued Cook. Apple traditionally releases a brand new handset one year, before releasing a follow-up model with incremental changes the next, for example, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
This year, however, was the first time Apple had been linked to two new handsets at the same event. The new handsets will be shipped with the iOS 7 software, announced in June. Apple recapped the latest version of its mobile software at the event.
‘iOS 7 is the latest version, and next month we will ship the 700 millionth iOS device. iOS 7 will quickly become the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Virtually overnight hundreds of millions of people will upgrade’ said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. The software, overseen by Brit designer Sir Jonathan Ive, will be made from 18 September for the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S.
The firm added that it will come to older iPhones ‘later’.
Apple’s colourful iPhone 5C is made of plastic and reinforced with steel that works as an antenna. The battery is slightly larger than it was on the iPhone 5 and it has the same 8-megapixel rear camera
Apple recently lost smartphone market share to main rival Samsung, dropping to 14 per cent – its lowest for three years – because of ‘lacklustre’ iPhone 5 sales and tougher competition from rivals. Experts believe that tonight’s event will be ‘make or break’ for the Cupertino-based firm.
Apple’s iPhone 5C, pictured here being announced by Schiller, is made of ‘polycarbonate’ but is reinforced with steel that acts as an antenna. The handset will cost $99 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB. UK pricing is yet to be announced. ‘Apple seems happy with that, as it makes more money per phone than its rivals: it doesn’t need to sell more mobiles than everyone else to win the smartphone war.
‘To get round this, Apple has relied until now on announcing a new model and simply making the previous year’s cheaper. ‘But at some point that strategy isn’t going to work so well, and it’s going to have to release a model that’s specifically designed to tempt budget buyers.’ In the year since Apple unveiled its iPhone 5 handset, for example, Samsung has released or announced 16 new models in its Galaxy range including the popular Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini.