By: Jacob Bailes
Apple announced two new versions of the iPhone set to be released in the
U.S. September 20, including the 5s
and the 5c. The new operating system, iOS 7, announced in June, is set to be
released September 18.
The new iPhone 5s will include a 64-bit A7 processor which is twice as fast as the previous iPhone 5. It will also include a fingerprint scanner that will tighten security while reducing frustration caused by traditional passcode entry. While the iPhone 5s will have the same screen size, resolution, and 8-megapixel camera as its predecessor, it will now include a larger sensor, improved flash, and a 1080p front-facing camera along with many other improvements such as better battery life. Apple also announced that the 5s will come in three luxurious colors: grey, gold, and silver. As always, it will come in 16, 32, and 64GB costing $199, $299, and $399, respectively.
Apple’s new, cheaper version of the iPhone is made to target a more budget-friendly audience than the more expensive iPhones before it. The iPhone 5c will come in five pastel colors: white, green, blue, pink, and yellow. It is designed with a polycarbonate back with a steel frame underneath. Like the 5s, the 5c will also have an improved front-facing camera and longer battery life. The 5c will come in 16GB for $99 or 32GB for $199.
The new operating software iOS 7 will completely change the look of Apple devices, a first since the phone was born in 2007. As far as the design goes, the icons and apps have a flat, pastel look and when you move the device, there’s a 3D effect that makes your wallpaper appear to be distanced behind the icons. A new control center will allow you to access your most used settings with ease from any screen, such as the Wi-Fi meter, brightness, airplane mode, and music controls.
Another big change is the introduction of AirDrop, which allows you to share files with those around you who are also operating on iOS 7 or make you invisible to nearby iOS 7 users.
A revamped camera and photo app also includes the ability to frame your shot, such as a panorama or square Instagram-like format. With iOS 7, Apple organizes photos as different times and sorts them by location as well.
Lastly, one big change with iOS 7 is the introduction of iTunes Radio that works similar to that of Pandora or Spotify. It will be free to use and ad-free for iTunes Match users. Many other differences include changes to Siri, FaceTime audio, automatic updates, multitasking, and many others.
Bob DeFrank’s fourth period served as a sample of the student body in admitting three-fourths own an iPhone already, however, only a fraction of those said they were upgrading to a new iPhone because they said the cost just wasn’t worth it.