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iPhone 5S

With the introduction of the new iPhones came more big news with the iPhone 5s, the inclusion of the M7 coprocessor. As Apple puts it, the M7 is essentially the Robin to the A7’s Batman, but focuses purely on the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It also means that the M7 could put FitBit out of business.

Or does it? Because it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about my own experiences with mobile fitness devices. Although the M7 coprocessor does seem like it could be the stepping stone to replacing a FitBit, it’s not quite there. Not yet, anyway. (more…)

For the past two years, we’ve worked with Newaya Recycling to get you amazing deals on your old iPhones. See, the way the system works is like this: You want a new iPhone 5S or 5C, and you want to sell your old iPhone to get some cash back. Well this year, Newaya is back onboard with another big deal, and you’re going to want to find out about this one. (more…)

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