Apple Unveils iPhone 5S, 5C & Fashionable Cases

Posted on September 10, 2013 7:01 PM by Rob Williams

At its much-anticipated launch event today, Apple unveiled two very expected iPhones: 5S and 5C. Given the large collection of leaks that lead up to this launch, the models should come as no surprise, but the aesthetics might surprise you. It wasn’t quite clear what the 5S’ gold color scheme would look like, for example, but finally, we can see it with our own eyes.

iPhone 5C

Let’s start with the 5C, Apple’s more affordable iPhone option. It’s priced at $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for a boost to 32GB (under contract, of course). It packs an A6 processor under the hood and comes in five colors: White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Green – nice selection, but the omission of a black model is a bit unusual.

A bit humorous is the fact that despite being the lesser-expensive option, the 5C actually weighs more than the 5S (132g vs. 112g), thanks to its use of thick plastic.

In many ways, the 5C doesn’t fall too far behind the 5S. Its screen, for example, is identical, and its cameras are not too far off-the-mark. Overall, the 5C could prove attractive to those who might appreciate the cheaper pricing and don’t need the A7-level performance that the 5S offers.

On the topic of the 5S, rumors of a 64-bit SoC have proven true, with the heart still being the A7. I speculated before that if Apple were to make a 64-bit smartphone, it’d have 2GB of RAM, but so far, there’s been no proof of that or otherwise. While Apple deems it important to list the display’s ppi on the specs page, it apparently believes RAM to be totally unimportant.

iPhone 5S Gold

Interestingly, the updated A7 isn’t the only processor change here – one has also been added. Apple’s calling it the M7 motion co-processor, and its job is to process – as the name suggests – motion data. It’s an interesting addition, so we’ll see how Apple chooses to use it as time goes on.

As expected, the 5S comes in a couple of different colors, including gold, space gray and silver, and all look nice enough, but for some reason none of them grab me. That said, the space gray does have some nice qualities about it.

Apple’s pricing the 5S at $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB).

iPhone 5C Cases

In addition to the phones, Apple’s also unveiled some accessories – namely, cases. The cases for the 5C are composed of plastic but are lined inside with microfiber to help prevent any scratching, and sell for $29. The 5S also gets a special case, but its built with leather and comes in a variety of colors, including (RED). These cases will carry a slight premium over those for the 5C, at $39.

  • e550mercedes

    I just watched the Apple presentation, via a link from Gizmodo, and what I saw was quite impressive and especially the gaming hardware prowess as demonstrated by the upcoming Infinity Blade III. This game was doing some incredible graphics that the developers never thought would ever be possible in the mobile space. Even more impressive was the fact that a single egineer was able to recode from 32 bit to 64 bit in a mere two hours! I’m not a heavy gamer, but I was very impressed by the developers demo running in 64 bit. The 5 S has, by the way, 1 GB according to sources. I have both Windows and Macs and I’ve noticed that my Macs generally need far less RAM than my genuine Windows machines for similar programs. I’m not sure why, but my Mac hardware runs great with less. Could it be the fact that both the hardware and software are optimized by Apple, something that is much harder to do with multitude of different OEMS? Even Google engineers, such as Dianne Hackborn, states as much. Even Microsoft is now doing an Apple by building both hardware and software as it is far easier to optimized to work together with less resources, so I am not sure 2 GB is needed. I GB probably enough, even though you can never really have enough RAM. I typically insist on 20 to 32 GB on my desktops and 16 GB for my laptops.

    • Rob Williams

      There are limitations to just how efficient an OS can be, and as a general rule, 64-bit apps use more memory than 32-bit ones – so the fact that it’s still 1GB is a little bizarre. It could have been 2GB and kept the same price. It’s just odd to see a new flagship that has half the RAM of top Android phones.

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