Apple on Tuesday unveiled its 2013 iPhone models – the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C – that will soon become the main rivals for Android devices.
For the first time ever, Apple decided to launch two new iPhone versions, a high-end device (iPhone 5S) and a lower-priced handset (iPhone 5C), and in what follows we’re going to check out each new device.
The company did say that by the end of September it will have activated over 700 million iOS devices, although not all of them are iPhones, and it looks like it has big plans for the upcoming devices as well.
As expected, the iPhone 5C introduced by Apple looks identical to the devices shown in various leaks and rumors preceding the event.
We’re looking at a plastic design – a single piece of material is used for the back and sides – which comes in five distinct colors, including yellow, pink, blue, white and green.
According to the company, the case is made of hard-coated polycarbonate and hides a steel-reinforced frame that acts as the antenna of the device.
When it comes to actual specs, the iPhone 5C will remind users of the iPhone 5:
While the iPhone 5C is supposed to be Apple’s cheaper iPhone model, the company did not mention full prices for the handset, only on-contract ones.
The 16GB model will sell for $99 with new two-year contracts, while the 32GB will cost $199 with a similar contract.
Furthermore, Apple will offer iPhone 5C buyers free access to its iWork and iLife apps for iOS.
Moreover, a special case is available for the iPhone 5C, which will cost $29.
The phone will be available for pre-order starting with September 13 and launch on September 20 in various countries including USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Singapore and China.
The name of the high-end iPhone is, as expected, iPhone 5S.
The device is made of high-grade aluminum and has chamfered edges. Unlike the iPhone 5, the new iPhone 5S will not be available in just two colors. Instead, Apple will sell three color versions of its handset including Silver, Gold and “Space Grey.”
The specs of the iPhone 5S have also been widely discussed in unconfirmed reports before the announcement. Many of them have been confirmed by Apple on stage, so let’s check them out:
The iPhone 5S will also be available starting with September 20 in the same markets where the iPhone 5C will sell. The iOS 7 iLife and iWork suits are also available free of charge with each iPhone 5S prices.
As for prices, the iPhone 5S will cost $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). Its special cases are priced at $39.
As you can see, Apple has not revealed all the hardware details about its new smartphones, which is in line with previous iPhone announcements.
Similarly, the new iPhones will not beat the competition when it comes to hardware – Apple has never played in the specs race game. That said, the new iOS smartphones will certainly put up a more than decent fight against Android, and we’ll certainly pit the iPhone 5S against the flagship Android devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and others, while the iPhone 5C will find its sparing partners in the plethora of mini versions of various Android high-end devices.
On a related note, we’ll also note that in addition to the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5S models, the iPhone 4S will still remain in Apple’s lineup, and it’ll be available free of charge with new contracts.