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Apple Releases iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

By @iCarbonsRosa on September 11,

Its finally here, the long-awaited release of Apple's new line of iPhones. For months there has been speculation, rumors, leaks, and predictions, leading up to a fever-pitch in the last few weeks. Tech bloggers and iPhone enthusiasts alike came together in a massive online frenzy of live blogs, Facebook updates and Tweets as the new iPhone options were unveiled at the Apple Event in Cupertino yesterday.  Apple, for the first time ever, released two very different iPhones: The colorful, more affordable 5C and the luxe, upgraded 5S.

CEO Tim Cook kicked off the announcement with a surprising statement: "In the past, when we've launched a new iPhone, we lowered the cost of the old iPhone, making it more accessible to new people. But this year, we're not going to do that." As of now, iPhone 5 has been officially dropped from the Apple lineup, leaving the iPhone 4S as the "free with contract" option for the time being. 

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior VP, introduced the iPhone 5C. This brand new device has a 4-inch display and is made of colorful plastic, available in green, white, blue, red, and yellow. The design is a hard-coated polycarbonate, has steel reinforcement and a multi-band antenna. The iPhone 5C with a new contract will cost $99 for a 16GB  or $199 for a 32 GB. The iPhone 5C will be available for preorders on Sept. 13, and officially for sale on Sept. 20.

The beautiful new iPhone 5S comes in black/space grey, aluminum/white, and gold/white. Its the very first smartphone to be 64-bits and the hardware has been upgraded to an A7 chip.  Schiller explained: "The PC world made the transition from 32 bit to 64 bit and it took years. Today you're going to see that Apple is going to do it on one day". In addition, the CPU is 40 times faster than the original iPhone, pretty impressive! The 5S will also include a brand new chip called the M7, able to continuously measure motion data. This special chip supports the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass and opens up a world of new app possibilites. 

As far as the battery life, The iPhone 5S has been improved, with 10 hours of LTE and Wi-Fi browsing, 40 hours of music and 250 hours standby. The camera is getting a major upgrade as well, with pixels increased to 1.5u for better light capture.  With white balance auto detection on app launch, burst mode, and true tone flash are also being added, we are getting excited to try out this new camera!

One rumored new feature we were especially excited to see announced is fingerprint security scanning, now officially called Touch ID. As Jony Ive explained: "Your fingerprint is one of the best passes in the world. It's always with you, and no two are exactly alike." Touch ID will be built into the home button with a sensor that scans sub-epidermal skin layers and has 360-degree readability. No longer will you need to enter a passcode and swipe to unlock the iPhone, your finger does it for you. It can also be used to make purchases in the app store, which we think is pretty brilliant on Apple's part. Talk about impulse buying!

The iPhone 5S will be available on September 20 and come in three models (priced with contract): 16 GB for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399. All we can say is 10 days seems like forever away to get our hands on this new lineup!

So what's next for iCarbons in light of all this new iPhone awesomeness?
To start with, we are celebrating with a new, fresh look on our own site inspired by the crisp clean look of iOS7, coming very soon. Up next, brand new skins will soon be available for preorder for both iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, including the long-awaited Brushed Gold. Make sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter to be the first to hear all the details!


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