Just scrolling through the internet today I noticed a link that said “Honest Company Slogans”. Obviously I had to click it…
I always enjoy seeing new technology updates, especially when it’s something that I’m likely to buy… I thought that this article did a good job of explaining this new phone. Having the limited knowledge that I do have about this compared with the experts I’ll just leave you to the video and the article below. Enjoy!
We’re now in that funny in-between time: On Tuesday, Apple announced the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, providing some information about both. We had a brief hands-on session with both of them. But now we have to wait a week and a half before we can actually get our own new phones and find out everything we want to know. In the meantime, here are our answers to some of the most pressing questions about the new smartphones, based on what Apple has told us and our own investigations.
When can I get the new iPhone models?
You can pre-order an iPhone 5c starting on Friday, September 13; the 5c will actually be available on September 20. The iPhone 5s will also be available on September 20, but Apple isn’t taking pre-orders for that model. These dates apply to the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.
How much do the phones cost?
The iPhone 5c costs $99 for 16GB of storage or $199 for 32GB with a new two-year contract. Unlocked versions—without a contract—will cost $549 and $649, respectively. With the unlocked version, you can choose one that ships with a T-Mobile SIM card, or one without a SIM card at all. Both unlocked options work only with GSM networks.
The iPhone 5s costs $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, or $399 for 64GB of storage with a new two-year contract. Without a contract, those same phones will cost $649, $749, and $849, respectively. As with the 5c, you can get the unlocked model for use with T-Mobile. (Apple’s site doesn’t currently list a no-SIM option for the 5s.)
Which carriers are offering the iPhone 5c and 5s?
In the U.S., your contract-carrier choices are AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. As mentioned above, no-contract versions are available for use with T-Mobile or other GSM providers.
How much will it cost me to upgrade from my existing iPhone?
That depends on the carrier and type of contract you have. You can check your upgrade eligibility via Apple’s website.
How does the 5c compare to the iPhone 5?
From a hardware perspective, the 5c is very similar to the iPhone 5: It uses the same processor (Apple’s A6), the same graphics circuitry, and the same screen. The main differences are that the 5c includes a slightly more capacious battery, compatibility with more bands of LTE, and an updated FaceTime HD camera that features larger pixels and a better backside-illumination sensor.
Apple says the performance of the 5c will be similar to that of the iPhone 5, except that the FaceTime HD camera offers better images. Indeed, in our brief hands-on with the iPhone 5c, the phone felt exactly as snappy and responsive as the iPhone 5 units we’ve been using for the past year. (We’ll of course be putting the 5c and the 5s through more rigorous testing when we get them.)
The 5c is also close to the same size and weight as the iPhone 5, but the 5c uses a very different exterior. Instead of an aluminum enclosure, the iPhone 5c features a plastic unibody design reminiscent of the old white-plastic MacBook. This body is molded from a single piece of polycarbonate that gives it a solid, rigid feel (part of that also stems from the steel frame that Apple uses inside). Even the volume buttons, mute switch, and Sleep/Wake button on the 5c are plastic. “Unapologetically plastic,” as Apple puts it.
How does the 5s compare to the 5c and the 5?
Apple calls the 5s its most “forward-thinking” phone. Though its aluminum body is almost the same as the iPhone 5’s, there’s a bunch of new hardware inside. Most impressive is the new A7 processor, which Apple touts as the first 64-bit processor available in a phone. The iPhone 5s also includes a new M7 “motion coprocessor”; some big camera upgrades and capabilities; and the Touch ID fingerprint-authentication system. (More on these below.)
Other improvements over the iPhone 5 include a slightly larger battery, expanded carrier support, and a new color. Speaking of which…
What colors can I get?
That depends on which iPhone model you purchase. The lower-cost iPhone 5c, constructed of hard-coated polycarbonate, will be available in candy-like light blue, light green, pink, yellow, or white. Each—including the white version—has a black bezel surrounding the screen.
There is one tiny—and we mean tiny—difference between the iPhone 5c models: On the blue, green, yellow, and white models, the Ring/Silent switch shows an orange line when flipped to the Silent position. On the pink model, the line is white. Details, people.
If you splurge on the aluminum-body iPhone 5s, your choices are different: “space gray” (with a black screen bezel and back trim), silver (with white screen bezel and back trim), or gold (also with white screen bezel and back trim). The gold is subtler than it sounds; it’s more of a champagne color. A nice touch on the 5s is that the metal ring around the Home button on each phone matches its main color: gray, silver, or gold.
I hear Apple also makes cases for the new phones?
Yep, Apple is also offering offering two lines of cases, one set for the 5c and one for the 5s.
The $29 iPhone 5c case, available in the same five colors as the phone plus a black version, is made of silicone with a microfiber interior lining and sports a pattern of 35 circular holes on the back that let your iPhone’s own color peek through. You can match your phone to the case or opt for something a bit more interesting like, say, a white phone with a blue case.
The $39 iPhone 5s case is made of leather with a microfiber interior and is available in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and Product(Red) red. The case is molded over the Sleep/Wake and volume buttons, with openings for the Ring/Silent switch and back camera and flash.
What’s this about a new processor and a coprocessor?
The A7 inside the new iPhone 5s is unquestionably the most powerful chip Apple has ever put in a mobile device. It’s also the first one that uses a 64-bit architecture—usually found only on laptop and desktop computers. The implications of that architecture might not be immediately apparent, because apps have to be written to take advantage of it. But down the road, the new chip will offer some exciting possibilities for expansion and power.
The A7’s support for the latest OpenGL ES 3.0 standard means better graphics performance, too. In fact, Apple claims that the new A7 processor is twice as fast at both processor-intensive and graphics-intensive tasks as its predecessor. We’ll see about that when we test the 5s.
The iPhone 5s also includes a separate processor, called the M7, that handles sensor data.
What’s this M7 thing good for?
The M7—which Apple calls the motion coprocessor—is a brand-new chip inside the iPhone 5s that complements the A7 by handling data from the device’s many sensors, including the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Why a separate processor for all that? The key to the M7 is that it can log data from those sources without waking the full A7 processor. This means that not only can fitness-tracking apps more easily run in the background, but they’ll also chew up less of your precious battery power. And using the new CoreMotion API, third-party apps can use real-time location and motion information—like, say, whether you’re walking or riding in a car—to determine how the app behaves, without dramatically affecting battery life.
Is the iPhone 5s camera really that much better?
We haven’t yet tested the back camera on the 5s; we’ll give it a thorough evaluation once we get a couple iPhone 5s samples in-house. But if Apple’s specs and feature list are any indication, that camera should offer noticeably better performance, along with some useful new capabilities.
For starters, the 5s uses a new, five-element lens that Apple designed specifically for the new iPhone. This new lens offers an f/2.2 aperture, a 15-percent-larger area than the iPhone 5’s lens, and 1.5-micron pixels—larger than those on the iPhone 5 and other smartphones.
The phone also includes a new dual-LED True Tone flash that Apple says is the first of its kind on a phone or a standalone camera. One flash is cooler white, while the other is amber with a warmer color temperature. The phone monitors ambient light and then fires the two flashes together to match that light. Together, Apple says, the two flashes provide more than 1000 unique light combinations, for flash lighting that’s brighter and more natural.
But iOS 7 also includes a bunch of software specifically designed to take advantage of the improved camera hardware. For example, before you take a photo, the phone automatically adjusts white-balance and exposure to create a tone map for better highlights and shadows; it also performs auto-focus matrix metering for improved sharpness. When you take the photo, the phone actually takes multiple images, analyzes them in real time, and then shows you what it thinks is the best one.
The 5s also includes image stabilization in software: In situations—such as low lighting—where you’d normally end up with blurry images, the phone takes multiple photos with a single shutter press, and then it blends them together into a single, sharp image. And a new burst mode captures ten full-resolution frames per second for as long as you hold down the shutter button. But unlike most burst modes, on an iPhone 5s, the phone automatically filters out bad shots to show you only the “best” ones. (You can choose others manually, if you like.)
When taking video, you can capture 720p video at 120 frames per second, slowing it down later for true slow-motion video. (You can do the editing in your favorite video app, or you can choose, right in the Photos app, which section of the clip to view in slo-mo.) And Panorama mode now lets you adjust exposure as you pan.
Many times during the iPhone event, Apple pointed out the advantages of making both hardware and software, combining them to best take advantage of both. The iPhone’s camera features are one of the best examples of this philosophy in action.
So, this fingerprint-sensor thing, Touch ID: how does it work?
It’s a capacitance-based (as opposed to optical) scanner built into the iPhone 5s Home button. The “capacitance” part means that instead of taking a visual scan of your finger or thumb, the scanner detects minute differences in electrical charge caused by a fingerprint’s whorls, loops, and curves.
The phone then produces a digital template (again, not an image) based on that scan. In other similar systems, software then runs such a template through a cryptographic hashing process, making it virtually impossible to recreate the original print from the template. If that’s how Touch ID works, the hashing process should make it harder—if not impossible—to spoof your prints. For further security, your fingerprint is never stored in the cloud or anywhere in the phone’s memory—only in a secure area of the A7 chip itself.
We don’t yet know all the details about how iOS 7 will use the fingerprints it detects. But we do know that it will let you bypass the lockscreen passcode. (Youdo have a lockscreen passcode, right?) It will also let you authenticate with iCloud and the App Store using your finger.
With all this new technology and speed on the iPhone 5s, is the battery life worse than that of the iPhone 5?
Apple claims that the iPhone 5s offers battery life equal to or greater than that of the iPhone 5. Specifically, the company says the iPhone 5s offers 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE or Wi-Fi browsing, or 250 hours of standby time. Compare that to Apple’s claims for the iPhone 5 when that model was released: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, or 225 hours of standby time.
Apple says that the iPhone 5c’s battery life is identical to that of the iPhone 5s. We’ll of course thoroughly test each model’s battery life in the coming weeks.
Is the 5s exactly the same size as the 5? Will my existing accessories and cases work? What about the iPhone 5c?
The iPhone 5s is indeed exactly the same size as the iPhone 5, so existing iPhone 5 cases will fit the new iPhone 5s. However, the camera and LED flash on the iPhone 5s differ in size and position from those on the iPhone 5, so existing cases may partially obscure the lens and/or LED—or may be close enough to obscuring them that the case affects flash or photo quality. If you want to use a case not specifically made for the iPhone 5s, be sure the opening(s) for the camera and flash are large enough to avoid this problem.
Cases aside, existing iPhone 5 accessories—docks, speaker docks, chargers, and the like—should all work with the iPhone 5s. Similarly, with the exception of dock cradles custom-fit for the iPhone 5s, most of these accessories should work fine with the iPhone 5c.
Of course, cases for the iPhone 5 and 5s won’t fit the iPhone 5c, due to the latter’s different dimensions and slightly different shape.
We’ll be testing many accessories once we get our hands on the iPhone 5c and 5s, and we’ll publish our findings here on Macworld.com.
Apple says it’s making Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie, and iPhoto for iOS free “for new devices”? Does that include the new iPhones? What about current iPhone owners?
Instead, any iOS 7-compatible device activated on or after September 1, 2013—regardless of when you purchased it—is eligible for free copies of these apps. If your device came pre-loaded with iOS 7, you’ll be prompted during the setup process to download the iOS versions of Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie, and iPhoto. If your device didn’t come with iOS 7 pre-installed (but, again, you activated the device on or after September 1), once you install iOS 7, you’ll be prompted during the iOS 7 setup process to install the apps. You’ll need an Apple ID, but you won’t have to pay for the apps—they’re free with your new device.
Note that this offer isn’t limited to the iPhone 5c and 5s—it includes any iOS 7-compatible device activated on or after September 1, including the iPhone 4 and 4s, the fifth-generation iPod touch, and recent iPads (see the list of compatible devices at the bottom of this page).
If you’ve got a device activated prior to September 1, 2013, you’ll still be able to purchase the apps on the App Store, but you won’t get them for free.
While I’m not advocating theft I must say that this was a very funny talk due to the recognition of a lack of transparency in this arena because the legal implications of the subject matter. It is hard to question something like this without some strong data, that I frankly wouldn’t know much about conjuring on my own. I really appreciate the mild humor bassed in disestablishment culture in this talk, and I hope you do too.
My blog is usually about things on my mind, which usually has to do with current events/politics. So, when I recently decided to blog about the iPhone 5 and I had an overwhelming viewership response it was one of those moments where I am faced with the reality of what people are most interested in, and a lot of times it is not what I’m most interested in. And I’m okay with that, I understand that a lot of people feel helpless about a lot of the problems in the world, and worrying about all of our problems just feels like too much.
With all of that being said I’m going to continue to blog about politics (especially the Presidential race during this fall), but I want to make sure that I do my best to find what is relatable in these stories, and I’m going to try to simplify a lot of the important information that I know people would like to hear if it weren’t so difficult to find among the 24 hour news cycle. I’m inspired by how much people move towards a good product like the iPhone – Apple has done amazing things over and over, and I feel that we should make note their achievements. In the same way, I hope to (with this blog) help people remember to make note of justice and compassion in the world. I realize that a lot of people who might have come across this message are way more interested in the video, but feel free to give me feedback if you care to.
Ok, now for the keynote address. I think that people are too critical in the world. Why do we all feel like we have to be critics? I don’t know the answer, but I’m about to be a little bit of one. This might sound expected, or like an easy critique to make, but the people making presentations during this keynote lacked the charisma and confidence of Steve Jobs. I am not trying to pile on, but it’s just one of those moments where we can remember how good he was at relating to what people wanted. They did stay rather true to his style of presentation however. I think that when it’s all said and done the presentation was fine, but more than that I liked the phone.
*Warning: this is a spoiler alert for the keynote presentation for the phone
Now my thoughts on the Keynote Address:
There is more information, but for the people who want the dumbed down version, that’s what I picked up front he talk. They also announced some changes to iTunes, and it is intended to be much more interactive and in the social media world. Ping failed at accomplishing what the update to iTunes seems to aim for. The new iTunes is coming in October.
The new iPod Nano is pretty cool, and I don’t think I can even explain it very well, so I thought I’d just post a picture:
And as for the iPod touch, it’s almost as thin as the Nano, but other than that it’s a lot like the iPhone, as the iTouch usually is. The “Clumsy Ninja” game that he played looked like a big waste of time, but a fun waste of time…
There wasn’t too much to see after that, but the Foo Fighters played a little bit at the end of the presentation, which I thought was a little random, and out of the Steve Jobs model… Oh well, we move forward, it just seemed a little desperate. I hope that they are confident in what they’re selling, and it looks like they should be. If you decide to watch the video I hope that you enjoy it.
I know that iPhone always has the best new camera and picture software/hardware, and it usually inspires me to want an iPhone, but I’ve learned that it usually isn’t my biggest driver day to day, so I decided to list some of the more practical things that I will use constantly. There’s plenty more, but I’ll just leave it to the professionals. Enjoy
So it’s finally here! I’ve never gotten the new iPhone when it’s come out, but I have been planning to this time, so I’m excited to hear that there are good reviews so far.
While the iPhone 5 rumors were popping, I couldn’t help think this was just some kind of stretched out iPhone 4S. During the keynote presentation, I was impressed by the features but couldn’t help continuing on this path: Would it just be the same?
Well, when I finally got the thing in my hand, even for a few minutes, I was delighted to discover how different it is.
Yes, the iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S, but not in a plasticky way that would suggest some of Samsung’s smartphones. If the iPhone 4S represents the heft and machined precision of a handgun, the iPhone 5 has the impossible physique of a laser blaster. It’s light and thin in the way that the future should be.
The matte finish on the smartphone’s back is a blessing and a curse. I like that there’s a lot less glass here for me to shatter, but the way it looks takes away from the pure elegance of the iPhone 4 design: Two panes of shiny glass, separated by a steel border. I find that the white iPhone 5 (above) looks a little washed out, less bold, where the black version (below) is smarter, if perhaps more masculine than its predecessor.
The taller screen is not as gangly as I has thought, and when I saw a clip of “The Avengers” on it, I could appreciate why the design decision was made. Movies aren’t my No. 1 activity on my phone, but the 16×9 ratio is a major standard for movies and more, so it just makes sense.
There’s a springiness to the phone’s interface that suggests the stomping A6 processor, but I couldn’t load up anything that let me really see the polygons fly. Also, part of that smoother operation could be iOS 6, because much of it — for instance, the Music app — has been retooled to better interact with iCloud and iTunes.
What was a fun thing to test out, even if I never use it in real life, is the camera’s Panorama feature: You just hoist the phone aloft and pan across your field of view, and you end up with a seamless panoramic image, suitable for framing (if you’re any good at photography, that is — alas, I am not).
I used to think that people who had Macs were just stubborn and argumentative, but then my computer broke down (for the 5th time) and I was forced to borrow/share my roommates Mac for a few days/weeks… I was hooked. After I replaced my old Dell with a MacBook Pro I have gotten excited when I see other people with Mac’s, and I always love to ask them when they made the switch to Mac, or when they found out how easy to use they are.
From what I understand people who do a lot of computer gaming, or programing need Windows based computers, but otherwise Apple computers seem to be the best option. I don’t mean to jump to conclusions, but I do love my computer 🙂 and I plan to use it for a long time.
Below is a breakdown done by Hunch, that looks into defining a little better the different people who use Mac’s vs PC’s. I am posting this for fun, and I’m not trying to “convert” anyone to Apple who doesn’t want one, just trying to educate a little bit. Feel free to add your thoughts with a comment.