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We had all heard the rumors prior to the big announcement, but yesterday it was all out there in the open for the world to see. There were now two iPhones: the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. But what struck me about the two models wasn’t that there was now a low-cost version of the phone that changed the game, but that one of them was significantly better than the other.

Just a few years ago, we had a low-end Mac that fit into the lineup. It was made with a plastic case that was, for the most part, seamless. And it was flanked by more powerful models with higher options. Is the iPhone 5S now really the iPhone Pro? (more…)

So what happened at today’s big iPhone event? Let’s find out.

iTunes Festival

  • In its 7th year
  • 20 million people applied

Retail

  • New store in Stanford that’s 1,100 sq ft.
  • The Stanford store has glass on 3 sides. Looks amazing
  • Two rooms: One up front for demos, back room for Genius Bar, etc.
  • This month Apple will ship the 700 millionth iOS Device

iOS 7

  • More convenient search in iOS 7, right in Notification Center
  • Lots of edge-to-edge apps
  • New sound effects for calls and texts
  • Can search for tweets with Siri
  • New square aspect ratio camera
  • Built-in filters and more in the camera app as well
  • AirDrop showcased for iOS 7. Easier way to move photos and so on between devices. It works on P2P Wi-Fi.
  • iTunes Radio. All about discovering new music.
  • Over 200 new features
  • Comes out on Sept 18 for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th Gen)

iWork/iPhoto/iMovie

  • All for iOS 7.
  • All Free for any new iOS device.
The iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C

 

iPhone 5C

  • Comes in lime green, white, blue, red/pink, yellow
  • Entire back and sides are made from just one part. No seams.
  • Custom cases with soft feel silicone rubber. Circular cutouts to show the color underneath.
  • Hard coated polycarbonate shell
  • 4-inch Retina display and integrated touch layer on iPhone 5C.
  • A6 processor.
  • Slightly larger battery than iPhone 5.
  • 8MP iSight camera, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, 5-element lens. FaceTime HD camera on front size with more pixels.
  • FaceTime Audio
  • Dual band Wi-Fi,
  • Bluetooth 4.0More LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world
  • Up to 100Mbps download speed
  • iOS 7 wallpapers complement the iPhone 5C colors
  • $99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB
  • Cases are $29 each
  • Pre-order Sept 13
  • Buy in store Sept 20
The new Touch ID on the iPhone 5S

The new Touch ID on the iPhone 5S

 

iPhone 5S

Three colors: gold, white and black (or slate and silver, depending on your perspective)

A7 Processor

  • 64-bits, works with iOS 7
  • Backwards compatible
  • Almost twice as fast as A6
  • Amazing with games, such as the new Infinity Blade III.

M7 Motion Co-Processor

  • Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, all in one piece.
  • Enables a new generation of health and fitness apps.
  • Can tell if walking, driving, etc.

Battery Life

  • 3G talk time: 10 hours
  • 10 hours LTE browsing
  • 10 hours Wi-Fi browsing
  • 40 hours music
  • 250 hours standby

Camera

  • 5-element lens
  • F2.2 aperture
  • 1.5 micron pixels. Bigger pixels = better pixels.
  • iOS 7 takes advantage of new sensor
  • iOS 7 adjusts exposure and settings automatically to take a better pic
  • DSLR-level autofocus.
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode for multiple photos and it combines to get the sharper ones. 10 frames per second.
  • A7 determines best pic out of burst
  • 120 FPS slow-mo video.
  • 5S camera shoots 720P video at 120 FPS
  • Normal video is 1080P at 30FPS
  • 28 MP panoramic shots

True tone flash

  • Lights according to color temperature in the room
  • One is white, one is amber
  • 1,000 unique variations

Security

  • Fingerprint sensor — Touch ID
  • It has a touch capacitive sensor
  • 500 pip resolution
  • 170 microns thin, scans sub-epidermal skin layers. Can read in any orientation, embedded in the home button
  • Covered by sapphire crystal
  • Just touch the home button and it unlocks
  • You can use it for iTunes purchases as well
  • Can handle multiple fingerprints
  • Encrypted fingerprints
  • Never available to other software.

Availability and Pricing

  • 16GB $199
  • 32 GB $299
  • 64 GB $399
  • All with 2- year contract
  • Purchase on Sept 20

I was at the barbershop the other day, getting my hair cut as I do every few weeks, when my barber says to the room, “Isn’t the new iPhone supposed to be coming out soon?” I’m about to open my mouth when a guy sitting in a chair to my left peeks up from his phone to say, “Beginning of October. Who cares anyways, Apple doesn’t have anything for me anymore.” Then he went back to playing with his HTC One.

Surly and inaccurate statements aside, I’ve heard similar thoughts voiced amongst the Apple community. The feeling seems to be that Apple’s already pulled out all of its magic tricks, what could they show us tomorrow that would really wow the crowd? What’s the big feature this year? Do they have one more thing in them or have we seen all the magic left to offer?

Who knows. But more importantly, why do you care? (more…)

It’s official: Apple has announced an event for September 10 at 10 am. So what will we find out?

Well the rumors currently are on a new iPhone, available in gold and a low-cost version, plus maybe we’ll see Mavericks come out and play. Oh, and of course there’s iOS 7, which should come out just before the rumored new device. Also, there’s talk of a new iPad of some kind, and there’s the usual “Apple TV and iWatch” stuff, but nothing concrete.

Are you excited about the event next week? Stay tuned, because we’ll be covering it here!

I’ve made it no secret that I’m in love with App.net, but my review of Whisper made it pretty clear that I also love the apps being built on the service. Whisper is a phenomenal app worth every penny and in-app purchase.

You can find Jared Sinclair and Jamin Guy, the developers of both Riposte and Whisper, on App.net. I was so excited about Whisper that I just had to talk with them about the creative process behind it and what’s coming up in Whisper’s future. As you can see, they were happy to oblige. (more…)

Forget coupons. If you’ve ever gone through the checkout line at the grocery store or other market and been dismayed at the grand total flashing across the register, you are going to be excited about ibotta, an app that rewards you for buying certain brands and products: with cold, hard cash.

OK, maybe more like digital cash, but it’s still deposited directly into your PayPal account, from which you could then turn it into, yep, cold hard cash. The service is completely simple and free to use. Sound like an offer you can’t refuse? Click “more” and I’ll give you the details. (more…)

It’s official, we have the winners for our 5 copies of City Maps 2Go. The winners are:

  • @nurikar
  • @JJITPro
  • @DoloresAdair
  • @DIW1981
  • @melirego

We have DM’d all the people who won, and thanks to all that entered. Be on the lookout for more contests soon! (more…)

This is not something that we do here at iPhone.AppStorm. We don’t do interviews with people who have Kickstarter projects, because otherwise that’s all we’d do. But in this case, I will freely admit that I’m biased. That’s because Adam Holcomb from The UDDA is not only a talented artist and designer, but he’s also one of my favorite people.

Adam and I worked together at a magazine in Arizona back in 2008. He was the quiet art director in the corner who only opened his mouth to say something crazy, and I was the new guy who was in a bit over his head. He was — and is — excessively talented in what he does, and that’s why when he approached me about a new iPhone app that he was working on, there was just no way that I could turn him down.

This is the story of Zammis and the Kickstarter project that aims to bring the spirit of Burning Man to the iPhone in a game. (more…)

Today, people of all ages can learn to code amazing applications for our beloved iPhones. Veeral Patel can attest to this statement.

Though he is just a high school student, Veeral has shown that he too can play at the same level of the adults in the app industry through his recent release of Owl, a daily facts application I reviewed not too far back. Recently, I had the chance to talk to Veeral about his experience as a student developer, his experiences at this year’s WWDC and what we can expect from him in the near future. Enjoy.

(more…)

Did you enter to win a copy of Write for Dropbox? Well we’ve contacted all of the randomly selected winners via Twitter DM, so check your inbox. In the meantime, the winners are:

  • @papabearpyatt
  • @ElBatzilla
  • @schraboe
  • @jeffrhind
  • @DonCarlo2863
  • @robcio
  • @Manfredi_S

Thanks to all that entered! (more…)

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