The iPhone 5S is now official, and Apple says it is the "most forward-thinking smartphone ever made." What makes that so? Firstly, it's the first and only smartphone to ship with a 64-bit processor in the new Apple A7 processor with desktop-class architecture. That means that iOS 7 will run in 64-bit, and that will be a vast performance improvement. CPU performance is 40x faster than the iPhone 5, and graphics are 56x faster as well...depending on what you are doing. All-in-all, the iPhone 5S is about 5x faster than the iPhone 5.
The camera remains at 8 megapixel, but with larger pixels that are 1.5 microns in size, with advanced true tone flash. One flash is a cool color while the other is warmer, and iOS 7 can automatically set the right tone for the flash to make better photos that don't have that harsh flash look. Image stabilization is present, as well as a burst mode that can shoot up to 10 images per second. On the video front, you can now record in 120 fps super-slow motion in 720p.
Another big, and expected, feature on the iPhone 5S is Touch ID. It's a fingerprint sensor that is built-in to the Home button, which now has a detection ring around it so it knows when to read, with no need to actually press down on the home button to unlock the phone. The home button is now covered in sapphire, so it won't scratch. Aside from using Touch ID to unlock the iPhone, you can also use it to authenticate for things like buying apps, rather than using your iTunes password, which is awesome. Multiple fingerprints can be stored for devices that are used y more than one person.
The 5S will be available in three colors: Gold with white, Silver with white, and Space Gray with black. Pricing starts at $199 for 16GB, with 32GB costing $299, and 64GB at $399 with two-year contract.
Pre-orders begin on September 13, and the phones go on sale September 20th.
Apple has announced the new iPhone 5C, which will be available in green, white, pink, yellow, and blue plastic variants. It's a unibody plastic design, with the back and sides made from a single part without seams, part lines, or joins. The device has a 4-inch Retina display, the A6 processor that was in the iPhone 5, as well as the same 8 megapixel camera with five-element lens. As for pricing, it starts at $99 for the 16GB model, with a 32GB version selling for $199, both with two-year contract. If you prefer to buy it without contract, that will cost you $549 for the 16GB model, and $649 for 32GB. So, not cheap. Pre-orders begin on Friday, September 13th, and the phones are released on September 20th, alongside the new iPhone 5S. Check out the intro video after the jump.
Apple will release iOS 7 on September 18th, as announced at this mornings iPhone 5S event. iOS 7 brings an all-new design language to Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, along with a bunch of new features that include the new Control Center, revamped Notification Center, iTunes Radio, and more.
Nokia has just slashed the price of the Lumia 1020 by $100, bringing the price of the Windows Phone with the crazy camera down to $199. We've been reviewing the Lumia 1020, and the camera app features are definitely impressive. If Windows Phone is your jam, you may want to consider it. For a limited time, the Microsoft Store will even throw in the $79 Lumia 1020 Camera Grip for free with purchase!
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Now that the Moto X has landed on Verizon and AT&T, Sprint is up next to launch the customizable smartphone from Motorola. Sprint will have the Moto X for $199.99 with the typical two-year contract, but for a limited time, customers switching over a number from a competing carrier will get $100 off the price instantly, making the phone just $99.99. Sprint will offer the Moto X in woven black and white, with support for the highly-customizable Moto Maker versions coming later.
Amazon has released an all-new Kindle Paperwhite today, bringing a few improvements and optimizations to the front-lit e-reader. For starters, it packs in a processor that is 25% faster than its predecessor, a display with higher contrast and better reflectivity (brighter whites and darker blacks,) smoother touch technology, and a battery that is rated to last for over 2 hours. Goodreads integration will also be coming to the new device, along with Kindle FreeTime for Paperwhite, bringing subscription books for the little ones. The new Kindle Paperwhite will go nicely with the new Amazon Kindle MatchBook service, and will start shipping on September 30th, and you can order it now for $119.
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Amazon has announced an awesome new program called Kindle MatchBook that it's set to launch in October, bringing free and cheap eBooks to buyers of paper books. Basically, if you purchase a paper book from Amazon, you can buy the digital Kindle version for $.99, $1.99, $2.99, or download it for free, depending on the book. Most interesting? It's completely retroactive, going all the way back to 1995 when Amazon launched. Any participating purchase you've ever made on Amazon is eligible, as long as it is a part of the MatchBook selection, which will launch at about 10,000 titles next month. Amazon says that there will be some big-name authors taking part:
Kindle MatchBook will launch with books from Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch, James Rollins, Jodi Picoult, Neil Gaiman, Marcus Sakey, Wally Lamb, Jo Nesbo, Neal Stephenson, and J.A. Jance, among others. In addition, Amazon Publishing will include all its titles in Kindle MatchBook.
Definitely a cool service, and one that makes Amazon an even more attractive purchasing destination when compared to Barnes & Noble and the Nook store, and Apple's iBookstore (which doesn't even sell paper books.)
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As anticipated, Apple has sent out press invites to its next iPhone event, scheduled for September 10th. As Apple typically does, hints of what's to come are foreshadowed in the invite graphic. This time around, it appears that Apple is focusing on the multi-hued iPhone 5C, which we've seen will be available in multiple plastic colors as the entry-level iPhone option. We recently gave you a look at what you can expect both new iPhone models to look like. Of course, we'll have all the details for you live as it happens a week from today.
It's rumored that the iPhone 5S and 5C will go on sale on September 20th, ten days after Apple introduces them.
With Apple expected to release the lower-cost iPhone 5C next month, Google has just cut the price of the Nexus 4, dropping it to $199 for the 8GB model without contract--that's $100 less than it cost just a day ago. If you prefer the 16GB version, you can get that one for $249. These prices are a steal for the Nexus 4, which is widely seen as the best current Android smartphone, even thought it lacks LTE. This is a much more inexpensive way to get the pure Google experience in a smartphone than it would be to buy the Google Play editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4. The price cut is now live in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Korea, the United States, and the UK.
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Nintendo is looking to go back to the well this holiday season with the introduction of the entry-level Nintendo 2DS handheld console. This is basically a Nintendo 3DS in a candybar form factor (no hinge so it doesn't close) that plays all 3DS games in 2D. At launch it will be available in red and blue hues, and is outfitted with the regular (not 2DS XL) sized dual screens, cameras, mono speaker, headphone port, and a 4 GB SD card. In other words, it's just like a Nintendo 3DS, except there is no 3D, and it doesn't close, and you get it all for $129 - $50 cheaper than the 3DS console. You'll be able to pick one up on October 12th.
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