Tuesday, September 10, 2013

[TECH TALK]: Apple unveils iPhone 5S and $99 iPhone 5C

The way-faster iPhone 5S is here -- and so is its lower-cost, colorful plastic cousin called the iPhone 5C.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new flagship iPhone 5S, which is twice as fast as the iPhone 5, at an event at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters on Tuesday

The iPhone 5S will come in three colors: silver, gray and gold. The flagship device appears similar to the iPhone 5, but hardware upgrades include a beefed-up camera with a dual-LED flash to improve color balance. It also features Apple's new A7 chip and a new M7 "co-processor" that measures motion data -- a valuable feature for health and fitness apps.

The new device will go on sale Sept. 20 in nine countries, including the United States and China. The iPhone 5S will cost $199 for the 16-gigabyte version with a new two-year contract. The 32 GB and 64 GB versions will cost $299 and $399, respectively. Apple will begin taking pre-orders on Sept. 13.

The most futuristic iPhone 5S rumor proved to be true: The phone includes a fingerprint sensor that will replace passwords.
It's a "key that you have everywhere you go," Cook said.

"Touch ID" is built into the home button, and users can simply touch to unlock the phone. Users can also can scan their fingerprints instead of entering passwords for apps like iTunes.

iPhone 5C: The flagship device wasn't the only iPhone Apple revealed. A low-end plastic device called the 5C also made its debut.

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