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Apple iPhone 5S: Touch ID, 64-bit processor, new camera for $199 on September 20

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

iPhone 5S

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.

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Apple announces iPhone 5C: $99 plastic iPhone available in five colors

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

iPhone 5C announced

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.

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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.


iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor to be called Touch ID?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Rumors

iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint sensor

The folks at Nowhereelse.fr have got their hands on a purported iPhone 5S illustrated guide, which indicates that the new fingerprint sensor that is rumored to be embedded into the Home button will be referred to as the Touch ID sensor by Apple. Of course, until it's officially announced by Apple, we're chalking it up as a rumor, but as far as Apple naming conventions go, Touch ID sounds pretty Apple-esque. We'll know more in just over an hour, so keep it locked here--today is gonna be a big news day.

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It’s official: Apple will introduce the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on September 10

iPhone 5S 5C event invite

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.


Apple iPhone 5, gold iPhone 5S, blue iPhone 5C shells compared [Video]

Apple iPhone 5, 5S, 5C compared

It's widely expected that Apple will take the stage on September 10th to announce its fall smartphone update, including the iPhone 5S and lower-priced iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5S is expected to be available in a new champagne gold color, and we gave you a look at what the gold iPhone 5S should look like. Now, a video has surfaced that shows a black iPhone 5 alongside the rear shell of the white & gold iPhone 5S.

Additionally, a blue iPhone 5C rear casing is also compared, giving us a look at what Apple's iPhone for the budget-minded will look like when it launches next month. All signs are pointing to a September 20th release for Apple's updated fall smartphone line-up.

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What can we expect from Apple’s iPhone 5S A7 processor?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Rumors

Apple A7 processor

The iPhone 5S is set to be revealed in two weeks, and being an S-type update, this typically means that Apple has spent time optimizing and maximizing under-the-hood performance of the iPhone that preceded it, in this case, the iPhone 5. The rumor mill says that the next iPhone will sport an A7 processor that is 64-bit and 31% faster than the A6 found in the iPhone 5. What would 64-bit processing do for the iPhone? Well, iOS 7 is intense on things like transparency and other graphical elements, and an optimized 64-bit processor could make those as smooth as butter. That's the benefit of Apple making its own mobile processors:

One of the biggest—if not the biggest—advantages Apple has in not being reliant on merchant silicon (they don’t buy standard application processors designed by others) is that they can customize the A7/A8 etc to exactly fit their own apps / services frameworks, without making generic design compromises.

To see this best, contrast Qualcomm, whose processors will fit in hundreds or thousands of different Android models to Apple, whose A7 will go in to the iPhone, iPad and possibly the iPod and iTV.  Because Qualcomm must support so many potential vendor configurations, they are forced to design by the 80/20 rule. Meanwhile, Apple can strip out absolutely everything it doesn’t want on-chip, and add specific things it does, such as DSP or graphics capabilities which iOS is designed to use.

- Steve Cheney

Of course, just because Apple is testing these processors, that doesn't mean that they'll see the light of day in the iPhone 5S. Other rumblings say that the next iPhone will also contain a fingerprint sensor, motion tracking sensor, a camera that supports a 120 FPS slow-motion mode, a gold color option, and possible even a 128GB option as well.


Here’s what the gold iPhone 5S will look like

Gold iPhone 5S color comparison

Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5S in black and slate, white and silver, and a new color: white and gold. Pictured above, you can see the coloring of the anodization, being a muted champagne gold color without the white glass plates installed. It's one way to create an external change in the S line of iPhone releases, which is generally all about under-the-hood changes and improvements, while the externals remain the same as the year before. We pretty much know that Apple will be announcing the new iPhone 5S on September 10, with the device launching 10 days later.

What do you think? You interested in the new gold color, or are you sticking with the more traditional variants? Me? I'm going with Anostyle again.

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Apple releases iOS 7 beta 6 build 11A4449d to developers

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

iOS 7 beta 6 download

Apple has just released iOS 7 beta 6, which can be found in the Developer Portal right now. iOS 7 beta 6 build 11A4449d works with supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, and is available as an over-the-air update to users already running a previous iOS 7 beta on their devices. If you're already running iOS 7, you can update over-the-air by going into Settings > General > Software Update. Or you can go and grab the necessary download at http://developer.apple.com. Apple originally showed off iOS 7, and released its first beta, at WWDC 2013. The full released will come in the fall.

If you are a paid members of Apple's iOS developer program, here are the links for iOS 7 beta 5 downloads:

iOS 7 beta 6 seems to specifically address an issues with iTunes in the Cloud where some purchases may download or play unexpected items, without much else changing.

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Bleeding Edge TV 488: Poppy turns your iPhone into a 3D camera

We give you a behind-the-scenes look at Poppy, a device that turns your iPhone into a 3D video camera, 3D image taker, and 3D viewer. We chat with the co-creators, Joe Heitzberg and Ethan Lowry about what it took to make Poppy, the inspiration behind it, how it works, and how you can get your hands on one through Kickstarter in this episode!

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