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Finally Here: Apple Unveils iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

After all the rumors and speculation leading to Apple‘s event on Tuesday, the company finally unveiled the latest versions of the iPhone. As expected, Apple released the iPhone 5S, which is the flagship model, and introduced the iPhone 5C which is the much rumored, colorful, plastic version of the iPhone. As reported by theverge.com:

“The heavily leaked iPhone 5s is official — and yes, it comes in gold. Though the new color schemes are flashy — you can get the phone in silver, gold, or a darker ‘space gray’ — the biggest changes are internal, with a new A7 chip that’s been reengineered for 64-bit architecture. Apple claims this will make the 5s several times faster than its predecessor. The camera has been updated with a new, larger Apple-designed sensor and a host of other features, and as rumored, the home button is now also a fingerprint scanner.

“The long-rumored iPhone 5c starts at $99 on a two-year contract, and marks Apple’s return to color. The multicolored iPhone is built from a single piece of polycarbonate, and is available in green, white, blue, red, and yellow — Jony Ive described the phone in his trademark way, noting that it’s ‘beautifully, unapologetically plastic.’ The phone features a 4-inch Retina display, A6 chip, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera (the same as the iPhone 5), as well as an improved FaceTime HD camera on the front . Also available are custom, soft-feel rubber slipcases for $29 each based on the iOS7 color scheme. Though it is indeed a cheaper iPhone, the difference is more dramatic on contract; if you want to buy it unlocked, it starts at $549, in comparison to the $649 5s.”

Apple didn’t provide any surprises, as they have with past releases. Almost everything revealed yesterday had already been leaked in recent weeks, which is rare for the usually secretive Apple.

Expectations were high for this event, yet there was no mention of a new iPad, new Macbook Pro, or the Mavericks OS previewed in March. This means that we can look for Apple to hold another event, possibly in October, to unveil another set of products before the holiday season.

Check out the video above for a first look at Apple’s new offerings.

 

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