Today at around 1AM, Apple announced their new phones for 2013.
You heard that right. Phones (with an S).
The first one, iPhone 5C, is the new mid-range phone from Apple. It uses a plastic polycarbonate shell (unlike the aluminum from the original 5) and comes in 5 colors: blue, pink, green, yellow, and white. Specs-wise it has the same processor, camera, and 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5
The second phone is the iPhone 5S. Like the 4S and 3GS, the iPhone 5S is an improvement from the iPhone 5. It follows the same body as the iPhone 5, but with some major improvements:
The obvious change in the iPhone 5S is in the processor. The new A7 processor is claimed to be twice as fast as the A6 on the iPhone 5, and runs in 64-bit. Running 64-bit means that the iPhone 5 is as powerful as a desktop computer, being able to handle more powerful graphics and more difficult tasks. This is great news to developers who see the iPhone as a capable gaming console.
The biggest change, however, is in the home button. Apple acquired security firm Authentec back in 2012, and after a year they now upgraded the classic iPhone home button to hold a fingerprint scanner. Instead of typing your passcode or password, simply touch the home button and let the magic happen. Your fingerprint is stored locally in the A7 processor and not uploaded onto any server, which means there is minimal risk of identity theft.
Lastly, the camera has been updated with two-tone flash and better aperture (ƒ/2.2 from ƒ/2.4 in the iPhone 5). This means that your iPhone can take even better pictures with more vibrant colors. Unfortunately, Apple kept the camera at 8 megapixels, but they promise that the experience of taking pictures is definitely different.
Both models are coming out September 20 in the US, and later this year in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, iOS7, Apple's newest operating system, is coming out on September 18.
Oh and by the way, for new iPhone users, Apple also announced that Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, and iMovie for iOS are now free!
What do you think of the iPhone 5S and 5C? Let us know in the comments below!