As heavily rumored, Apple announced two new iPhones at their press event today. One represents the yearly improvement of their current lineup, the extra powerful iPhone 5S. The other is a mid-range model called the iPhone 5C.
iPhone 5S is the new premium iPhone. It comes in three shiny colors: silver, gold, and “space gray.” It sports a new, faster (64 bit) processor called the A7 chip, plus a new M7 chip that allows the phone to do certain tasks at less cost to the battery life.
The 5S also has a high-tech fingerprint scanner on the home button that will replace the security codes used to unlock the phone, as well as the need to enter a password to make App Store purchases. With a two-year contract, the iPhone 5S costs:
16GB model – $199
32GB model – $299
64GB model – $399
The iPhone 5C is the new mid-tier iPhone, but its specs line up almost exactly with the current iPhone 5, so the differences are mostly aesthetic. The 5C has a plastic shell and comes in an array of brighter colors: blue, white, pink, yellow, and green. With two-year contract, this phone will cost $99 or $199 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively.
The current iPhone 5 will no longer be available (essentially, it’s been transformed into the 5C), but the iPhone 4S will remain in the line-up, free with a two-year contract.