By Claire Markley and Luke Sperling
On Friday, September 20, Apple has come out with two new versions of their current iPhone 5: iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
The iPhone 5s offers a variety of innovative additions to the iPhone 5. First, Touch ID has revolutionized the unlocking process. Now with just a simple touch of the user’s finger, the iPhone is unlocked. This is because there is a sensor inside of the home button, which analyzes the fingerprint of the user.
“Touch ID defines the next step of how you use your iPhone,” Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design, said.
Instead of typing in a password, the iTunes Store, the App Store, and iBooks Store can scan the user’s fingerprint to make purchases.
More features of iPhone 5s include the A7 64-bit chip, M7 coprocessor, all-new 8 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, FaceTime HD front facing camera, Ultrafast LTE wireless, and iOS 7 operating system. The 5s comes in iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver, or space gray.
“I think it’s a great phone. It’s a refinement of what they’ve done in the past,” Senior Russell Ladd said. “They remarkably continue to simplify and make it more elegant. They did a phenomenal job with hardware.”
The iPhone 5c is a unique spin on Apple’s usual metal look. It has a seamless plastic shell around a steel frame. The 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow, and white.
“iOS 7 is designed to compliment the iPhone 5c beautifully,” Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering said. “The wallpapers are color matched to the exterior, and the translucency inherent in iOS 7 carries this color through everything you do.”
More features of the iPhone 5c include the 4-inch Retina display, the A6 chip, and 8 megapixel iSight camera. The 5c also runs on the iOS 7 operating system.
“The color is refreshing,” Ladd said. “The 99 dollar price tag is great. It fits nicely with iOS 7.”
When comparing the iPhone 5s and 5c, significant differences are found. The iPhone 5s is about $100 more expensive than the 5c in each model. The 5s has models with 16 GB, 32 Gb, and 64 GB of storage available while the 5c only has models with 16 GB and 32 GB. The 5s weighs 4.65 ounces while the 5s weighs 3.95 ounces. The 5s includes auto image stabilization, burst mode, and Slow-motion video.
“I don’t want to change because I am on the old Verizon plan that has unlimited data, and if I changed phones they will change my data plan,” Seaholm staff member Susan Pomroy, owner of the iPhone 4, said. “So I’m against getting the new one right now.”
How do Seaholm students react to Apple’s newest additions to the iPhone family? Nearly 70% of a 99 person survey taken said they were not planning on buying an iPhone 5s or 5c as of right now. Nearly 65% of these surveyed students would prefer to have the iPhone 5s if they were to have one, compared to the 17% that would prefer the 5c and the 18% that had no preference.
The 5s and 5c are just two new additions to Apple’s iPhone family.