Apple Announces Infinity Blade III… And Some New iPhones
Apple held one of their famous keynote conferences last night, the kind where you have Elvis Costello wrap up the proceedings with a three song musical finale. They announced some new iPhones, details regarding iOS 7 and even announced a new iOS game. You don’t really need to go any further because all those rumours you heard before last night’s event were pretty much true. Yes, even the one about all A7 processors being embedded with a microscopic portrait of Steve Jobs.
Let’s start with the familiar because nobody blows their load right at the beginning. That’s just bad form. We’ve already seen a fair amount of iOS 7 and if you have an iPhone 5 you might even be running iOS 7 as we speak. Apple plans to roll out the new operating system to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners starting September 18th.
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In addition to the flat and colorful icons and typography, iOS 7 brings with it a new Control Center for quick access to settings, an updated version of Safari, improved multitasking, enhanced Notifications, and, finally, AirDrop and automatic app updating. Apple’s new iTunes Radio will also be included with the update.
The camera gets a boost with built-in filters, customisable aspect ratios so you can have the perfect square for profile pictures or Instagram. Photos are also grouped in your camera roll by location and date. Siri is enhanced too with added search functionality that extends to Twitter, Wikipedia and even image searching.
Moving on, let’s talk about the expected – of course we knew Apple was going to unveil a faster, more powerful and pricier iPhone. We even knew the name. No surprise that it’s called the iPhone 5S. What is surprising though is just how powerful the thing is.
using Apple’s new A7 processor (manufactured by Samsung), the 5S is the world’s first 64-bit smartphone. As unnecessary as that is, it is still seriously impressive. especially with stats such as it being 40-times faster than the original iPhone with graphics 56-times faster. According tot he developers of Infinity Blade III, the new model feels 5x faster tan its predecessor but we’ll get to them later. The newly revealed M7 chip will work alongside the A7, as a “motion coprocessor,” constantly measuring motion data from the gyroscope and accelerometer.
An improved battery promises that the phone should get you through a full day quite comfortably with 10 hrs talk-time and 250 hrs standby time quoted. The camera may be held at 8MP but it has been boosted by a F2.2 aperture with a 15 percent larger sensor features 1.5 micron pixels and a five-element lens. The addition of dual-LED flash allows the camera to offer what Apple referred to as “true tone flash” to capture both warm and cool tones, especially important for accurately portraying skin tones.
Those aren’t even the coolest details though. No, the iPhone 5S features a redesigned home button complete with built-in fingerprint scanner. Pretty awesome, right? Thanks to Touch ID, built right into the sapphire glass home button, you can kiss passwords goodbye. A stainless steel detection ring runs outside the button, which turns on the sensor to read your fingerprint. Even better, Touch ID will allow you to authenticate for apps, such as iTunes.
The 5S will ship in “space gray,” silver and gold with a price tag of $649, 16GB; $749, 32GB; and $849, 64GB. Apple has also announced new cases for the device, available in multiple colors for $39. The iPhone 5s will be available on September 20 in the US.
On to its budget brother, the iPhone 5C. It’s basically the iPhone 5 but with a cheaper polycarbonate rather than aluminum body and last-generation internals to keep costs down while still offering something powerful, fast and capable of running iOS 7.
The “budget model” ushers in a new age for Apple, marking the first time they’ve attempted to appeal to consumers with affordability. The 5C will be offered in a variety of colours such as green, white, blue, pink, and yellow which adds a rather nice aesthetic to the iPhone.
the only hardware difference over the iPhone 5 is the upgraded FaceTime HD camera on the front. Apple will also be selling first party silicon rubber cases that are just as colorful as the phone itself, which will cost $29.
The 16GB iPhone 5c will cost $549, and the 32GB version will cost $649 and will release alongside the 5S while the iPhone 5 will be discontinued.
Below is a comparison table courtesy of IGN.