IPhone 5s and 5C revealed
New features, more color
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 22:09
The latest Apple product in a line of innovations was announced Monday and it comes with a colorful twist.
The iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the iOS 7 were unveiled Monday during Apple’s 2013 iPhone Media Event.
Both phones will arrive in stores on Sept. 20. The iPhone 5S’ silver, space gray and gold color choices aren’t the only debuts of the device. Included is the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor, an A7 chip, an iSight camera with a larger 8MP sensor and iOS 7.
“I love the fingerprint thing,” Yijia Liang, a junior graphic design major of Changsha, China. “Someone stole my iPhone 5 in summer class so later maybe this won’t be an issue any more.”
Still, the iPhone 5C is what has consumers buzzing on the Internet. With pre-orders beginning Sept. 13, 5C is marketed as the “cheap” iPhone with prices starting at $99 with a two-year agreement, according to an article by USAtoday.com. Compared to the iPhone 5S’, with its starting cost at $199 with a two-year agreement, the iPhone 5C offers a less expensive price with more color.
“I’ve heard the 5C is not cheap,” Liang said. “They said it’s cheap but it’s still $649 (without contract).”
The iPhone 5C doesn’t feature the iPhone 5S’ fingerprint identity sensor and new iSight Camera with f/2.2 aperture, nor does it offer the flashy new Slo-mo video feature. It offers a What it does have is the f/2.4 aperture iSight Camera with LED flash, up to 32 gb, and many color choices. From pink to yellow to blue to green, the colorful exterior is geared for users who aren’t concerned with the iPhone 5S’ features.
“We believe the iPhone is an experience,” said Jon Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design. “Experience is defined by hardware and software working harmoniously together. We continue to refine that experience, dramatically blurring the boundaries between the two, making it more powerful, more intuitive, and ultimately more useful.”
The iPhone 5C has a wrap-around exterior with a sleek design that still maintains the iPhone’s recognizable body. Apple has also created a case specifically for the iPhone 5C , but it is designed more for looks rather than protection.
According to Wired.com, the holes on the case have zero functional purpose and are purely for aesthetic appeal.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software and engineering, emphasizes that every part of the iPhone is customized to fit the color. From the exterior to the wallpaper, yet it still retains the same iPhone look.
“The iPhone 5C is built on a foundation of features that people know and love,” Federighi said. “IOS 7 is designed to compliment the iPhone 5C beautifully.”
Both phones have stirred excitement with iPhone fans and have definitely forked the road between a choice of features or style. Either way, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C will bring an edge to a recognizable device.
“I think it’s remarkable when something feels familiar and yet it’s new at the same time,” Ive said.