Apple Launches New Smartphones
Apple unveiled a pair of new smartphones this week – the flagship iPhone 5S and a new lower-cost iPhone 5C that features a plastic shell. The announcement from the Cupertino, California technology firm wasn’t a big surprise, as the basic details of the new offerings had been widely known for months.
The iPhone 5S comes in three colors - silver, gold and “space grey” – and features an updated A7 processor (rumored to be twice as fast as the A6 which runs the iPhone 5), a new camera and a longer-lasting battery. The new phone will also feature a fingerprint “Touch ID.”
With a contract, the new iPhone sells for $199 (16 GB), $299 (32 GB) and $399 (64 GB).
Apple vice president Phil Schiller called the iPhone 5S “the most forward-looking phone we have ever created.”
The iPhone 5C comes in five colors - blue, green, pink, white and yellow. It costs $99 (16GB) and $199 (32GB) with a contract and is said to match the capabilities of the iPhone 5, which was released last year.
Both new phones will go on sale September 20, although Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the 5C on September 13.
In addition to its new gadgets, Apple announced upgrades to its mobile operating system iOS 7 – which customers can download beginning on September 18. In addition to the new phones, iOS 7 is compatible with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models.
Apple has sold more than 250 million iPhones since the first generation of the device was launched in June 2007. The iPhone 5 sold more than 5 million units the first weekend it was available.