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iPhone 5s review

iPhone 5s review

According to Apple, the iPhone 5s is the most forward thinking smartphone ever created. Of course, being that this is an S-model iPhone launching in a year that ends in an odd number, and that means that we'll find plenty of naysayers who dismiss Apple's flagship smartphone as simple and iterative. It looks just like last year's iPhone 5 on the outside, so what can be so different, right?

Well, being an S-class device, the iPhone 5s follows a now-familiar pattern. The iPhone 3GS in 2009 doubled the speed of the iPhone 3G from the year before and added video recording and basic voice commands. The iPhone 4S brought Siri, 1080p video, and dual-core processing. This year, Apple has highly focused the iPhone 5s on three big changes. The iPhone 5s is the first smartphone to ship with a 64-bit processor, and includes the first 64-bit version of iOS in iOS 7. It's also the first smartphone to ship with a capacitive fingerprint sensor, and includes a greatly improved camera system. Sure, these things may not be important to those who are just fine with their current iPhone (or competing device, for that matter,) but for Apple, these moves are a big deal and set up the future.

But is a phone so focused on a future worth your attention today? Join us for our full iPhone 5s review as we seek out the answer.

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iPhone 5s Silver gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Features, Handhelds

iPhone 5s silver in-hand

The white and silver iPhone 5s is the only model that maintains a color that was introduced with the iPhone 5, with the other two colors (gold and space gray) being brand new for this model year. Our iPhone 5s review is now live, but if you're interested in seeing the silver 5s up close, we've gathered a bunch of images of the silver iPhone 5 body for your perusal in our iPhone 5s Silver gallery. Be sure to also check out our iPhone 5s Space Gray gallery as well.

You can pick up the iPhone 5s now from Apple.

Gallery: iPhone 5s Silver gallery


Unboxing Live 121: Apple iPhone 5s

Apple's iPhone 5s is the first flagship smartphone from the company to ship in three different colors - silver, gold, and space gray. Two of the colors are new for the iPhone 5s, with Apple doing away with the black & slate model, and adding the golden hue to the lineup. There have been severe supply constraints of the new model, but we were lucky enough to get our hands on them on day one. In this episode, ee head to the Apple Store at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington to be one of the first to get our hands on the iPhone 5s, and we unbox it in store to give you a look inside the box! Also, be sure to check out our in-depth iPhone 5s review as well.

You can pick up the iPhone 5s now from Apple.

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iPhone 5s Space Gray gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Features, Handhelds

iPhone 5s Space Gray Apple logo

The space gray iPhone 5s replaces the black & slates iPhone 5 color that Apple released in 2012. Some users complained about how easy it was for the slate anodization to peel, wear, or chip off of the aluminum, so Apple made the call to go with the gunmetal gray hue, which is easier to anodize, and should result in far less complaints. Our iPhone 5s review just went live, but if you want a look at some images the gray iPhone 5s body for your perusal, they're in our iPhone 5s Space Gray gallery. Be sure to also check out our iPhone 5s Silver gallery while you're at it.

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Unboxing Live 120: Apple iPhone 5c

Apple's iPhone 5c is a genius play at securing the attention of the mass market consumer who focuses more on style and pizazz than on specs and pro level features. We waiting in line and got our hands on the new iPhone 5c, and in this episode, we unbox it, giving you a look at everything that is included with the polycarbonate covered Apple smartphone. After watching our unboxing, be sure to check out our full iPhone 5c review.

You can pick up the iPhone 5c now from Apple.

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iPhone 5c review

iPhone 5c blue review

The iPhone 5c is Apple's first mid-range iPhone handset to be introduced as a new model alongside a higher-end version. Available in five distinct colors, the device sports last year's internals with a fresh coat of external paint. As such, it's clear that the iPhone 5c is going after a different demographic than the top-of-the-line iPhone 5s--one that isn't necessarily looking at the specs of the device, and instead cares about the look and feel, and wants access to Apple's App Store without breaking the bank. That said, don't think of the 5c as the cheap iPhone--in fact, we'd bet that the "c" is gonna stand for cash, because Apple is poised to make a lot of it with the introduction of the 5c.

Is the iPhone 5c the right phone for you? Join us as we answer that question in our full iPhone 5c review.

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Apple iPhone 5c unboxing gallery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Features, Galleries

Opening the iPhone 5c

We're putting the finishing touches on our iPhone 5c review, and in the meantime, we've put together a large gallery of images showcasing Apple's new lower-cost smartphone. The iPhone 5c is everything you liked about the iPhone 5, but ditches the aluminum enclosure for a more colorful plastic outer shell. The device is available in five colors (white, green, blue, pink, and yellow,) and has a slightly improved battery, and an improved FaceTime camera on the front, but other than that, it's an iPhone 5 through-and-through, but $100 cheaper than it used to be. Head on over to our iPhone 5c unboxing gallery to check out the device in some up-close-and-personal images.

You can pick up the iPhone 5c starting at $99 now from the Apple Store.

Gallery: Apple iPhone 5c unboxing gallery


Apple now giving away iPhoto, iMovie, and iWork iOS apps for free with iOS device purchase

Free iWork and iLife apps

Apple has announced that it's iWork suite for iOS devices will be free with the purchase of a new device going forward as announced at this morning's iPhone 5S event. This means that Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, and iMovie will all be downloadable for free to those who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To give you an idea of what you are saving, that is $39.95 worth of apps that Apple now gives new buyers for free to all iOS 7-compatible devices activated after September 1, 2013, including current devices, as well as the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.


Apple releases iOS 7 Golden Master build 11A465 to developers prior to September 18 public release

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 7 GM download

Apple has just released iOS 7 Golden Master to developers ahead of the September 18th iOS 7 general release. The iOS 7GM was released after today's iPhone 5S event, where the company showed off the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The new GM software works with supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, and unlike previous betas, is not available as an over-the-air update--instead, you need to head over to the developer portal and download it the old-fashioned way. Apple originally showed off iOS 7, and released its first beta, at WWDC 2013.

If you are a paid members of Apple's iOS developer program, here are the links for iOS 7 GM downloads:


iOS 7 will launch on September 18

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 7 September 18

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.

Check out all of our previous iOS 7 coverage, including our iOS 7 installation and setup video.

Apple also announced the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S this morning as well.


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