Official roundup news about the Apple release event on September 10th, 2013
While I was watching the live feeds from the Apple event I thought it would be nice to create a roundup article with all the updates. Of course, the center of interest is represented by the iOS 7, the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S.
iOS 7 will be officially released on September 18th
I think they are still working on iOS7 because we don’t get the chance to install it today. The official release will be in one week from now, and few Apple apps will be available for free. iOS7 is designed to match iPhone 5C in colors and in mood. According to them, the new device is “Familiar and new at the same time”. I have already presented the new operating system here: 10 cool features of iOS 7.
The iPhone 5C is official. According to John Ive, this iPhone is designed with the same care as iPhone 5, made from a single piece of polycarbonate that offers a dense feel. As everyone anticipated, the cheaper iPhone has the A6 processor, the 8-megapixel camera. It features the new camera app, live photo filters and 3x video zoom. And of course, we can enjoy the Facetime HD camera app. Dual Band Wi-fi, LTE and Bluetooth on board. Price: $99 for iPhone 5C 16GB and $199 for iPhone 5C 32GB. The cases are environmentally friendly and they cost $29.
As expected, the new iPhone is packed with “incredible technologies”. The new colors are Slate, Gold and Silver made of high-grade aluminum with cut chamfered edges. According to the live feed, the LED looks bigger. It will be released on September 20th.
The iPhone 5S is a huge leap forward in mobile computing performance since it contains the 64-bit A7 chip, the first of its kind. Yes, this means that iPhone is the first smartphone to run on 64 bits. iOS runs in 64 bits as well (64-bit kernel, libraries, and drivers) and it’s backwards-compatible. According to the presentation, the CPU is twice as fast and the graphics are twice as fast as well. As a comparison, it is 56 times as fast as the original iPhone and it runs Open GL ES 3.0 that enables amazing graphical performances in games. Beside the A7 processor, they introduced the M7 co-processor that works together with A7.
The new iPhone will have a battery that will last 10 hours for 3G talk time, 250 hours of standby and 10 hours of LTE browsing. You can listen to music for 40 hours.
Before the iPhone, if you wanted to take great pictures you had to become a better photographer. The new iPhone 5S camera has a 5-element Apple designed lens with f/2.2 aperture with 15% larger active sensor area and image stabilization. It’s capable of taking 10 pictures per second. According to Phil, the new iOS 7 is designed to take advantage of the new camera. The autofocus is made using a matrix metering (it picks the best image of a series of photos). As expected, they improved the flash. The new one is called True Tone and it fixes the problem of clashing color temperatures. The camera records 720p @ 120fps, so it’s capable of creating slow motion videos.
Touch Id Fingerprint Scanner
The security feature everyone talked about is real and it is implemented in the new iPhone’s Home Button. The new Home Button is created from sapphire (so it won’t scratch) and the ring around it it is used just to enable the scanner. The sensor can read multiple fingerprints, it’s pretty fast and it can read them from multiple angles.
$199 – 16GB, $299 – 32GB, $399 – 64GB with a two year contract. The iPhone 4S will be free with the same contract. The first day of preorder, Friday, Sept 13th.
If the sample images presented in the conference are true, the iPhone is still the best smartphone camera on the market. The new technologies implemented in the iPhone 5S are the A7 processor, the new camera (they did not mentioned it but I think it’s still the same 8 megapixels camera) and the Touch ID Fingerprint. The iPhone 5 will be discontinued and it will be replaced by iPhone 5c.