The announcement of a new iPhone, to some in the tech community it is considered a holiday.
In previous years, Apple has announced a new phone, and bumped their older ones down to the cheaper model.
That was not the case for this years announcement.
I’m going to break this down for you in one easy to read, non tech nerd blog.
Apple’s new flagship phone, the iPhone 5S was the first major announcement at Tuesday’s event.
The iPhone 5S will look…basically the same as the iPhone 5, with one little difference in appearance. We will get to that in a second.
We get the usual spec bump in this update, meaning the phone will move faster, the camera is a little better, the internet a little quicker. So why should you be interested?
The key feature will be the new “Touch ID.”
This could make typing passwords a thing of the past.
When the phone is released, instead of typing in a password to access your phone…or typing a different password to download music or apps, it will use your thumbprint.
This has exciting potential. Right now Apple has it locked to only their services, but in the future, imagine signing into your Facebook or Twitter using your thumbprint, instead of typing a password…that can be hackable. The future is bright for this feature.
This also leads me to the one physical change in the iPhone.
Around the home button, you will see a silver ring. This ring will help the phone to know you are trying to use your finger print. That way it won’t always be looking for it, draining battery.
All of the demos of this feature look to be very smooth and it appears to look like it works nicely.
One more notable update will be the camera.
A weakness of mobile phone photography is the flash. It’s nice to have, but honestly, i use my cameras flash more for a flashlight than i do taking photos. It is kind of useless at this point.
The new phone will come with what Apple is calling a True Tone flash. This is basically two LED lights inside the flash of slightly different colors. To keep it simple, it SHOULD make your photos look better.
I haven’t gotten a chance to test this out yet, so i will let you know in my review!
They have also updated the video camera. You will have the option to shoot 120 frames per second of video. Translation, slow motion video.
It is worth noting, the new processor speed is looking very impressive and sped up. But it is something the average user won’t really notice or pay attention to.
This one is the new…old kid on the block. It has for the most part the exact same guts as the iPhone 5 (the version that has been on the market for about a year now) with a new change of cloths.
Apple has returned to a plastic body for this phone.
I haven’t actually had had a chance to hold one, but the reports are saying this phone does not feel cheap.
The excitement around phone however is the colors of the shell. You will have the option of a green, blue, yellow, red or white phone.
I have to admit, i thought this phone would be kind of ugly, but it’s kind of not. It actually looks pretty cool.
The iPhone 5S will be completely replacing the iPhone 5.
Two new phone announcements however are in the shadow of the big release. The new iPhone operating system. Apple is calling it iOS 7.
When i talk about operating system, think Windows for your computer. It provides the feel of the way your phone operates.
Ever since the first iPhone came out, Apple has basically stuck with the same look and feel. They’ve added some features to it over the years, but it has for the most part looked the same.
This next release changes all of that.
Before i go any further, don’t freak out, you will still be able to use your iPhone, it will have a different look, and new features, but it will still feel kind of the same.
I will have a full iOS7 write up in the coming days, so stay tuned!
Release dates and Cost
You will be able to preorder both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C this Friday the 13th…and they ship on September 20th. The prices breakdown like this…
Those prices are based on a two year contract.
Updating your iPhone to iOS 7 will come a little sooner than the release of the new phones. If you use an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 you will be able to upgrade to the new operating system on September 18th. If you own an iPad, any iPad newer than the iPad 2 will be upgradeable.
As soon as i get my nerdy hands on the iPhone 5S i will post a review! Be sure to stay tuned and check back.
To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question.
If you are using an iPhone 4S or older, i would upgrade. You are not only getting the new features, but a bigger 4 inch screen.
If you have an iPhone 5 on the other hand…..ehhh…maybe not. The only big big difference you will be seeing is the thumbprint scanner. If you have the upgrade ready, and are wanting the phone, go for it…but don’t pay non contract price for it.
For more information about the new phones, you can check out Apple’s website at this link.