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Tech Talk Tuesday: Apple New iPhones

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 06:47 PM MDT
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By Lonnie Valencia

Today is the day, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c, and the launch date for iOS 7.  Whether you are a fanboy or hater, all eyes were on Tim Cook to see what he had on the horizon for Apple.  We get up-close and personal with today’s announcement to strip away the hype and get you the info you need to know.

Apple had four major announcements: iOS 7, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iTunes Radio.  Let’s start with the two new iPhones.

All the rumors had Apple releasing an iPhone 5 just for the UK or China as to spur sales in those markets, but as it turns out that was not the case.  Apple,  in an unprecedented effort, has released two phones for all consumers.  The iPhone 5c was made to replace the iPhone 5 that we have on the market now.  This new iPhone 5c is an all plastic, colorful, slightly better phone than it’s predecessor, and it goes on pre-order September 13th.  When I say "Slightly better," it means it has everything the iPhone 5 had but with an upgraded wifi, bluetooth, and a better battery capacity.  Colors come in green, yellow, blue, white, and pink/red.  Pricing: 16GB $99, 32GB $199/w 2 year contract.


The new money maker for Apple is going to be the iPhone 5s.  This thing is packed with tons of new features.  I don’t want to bore you with technical talk, but most of the improvements for this phone are coming in the form of internal hardware.  A new A7 chip can process 64bits of data. That is doubling the amount any other phone on the market can do at one time, giving this iPhone more power and speed that is unheard of in the mobile market. Along with the A7 chip upgrade, they are putting in another one called M7.  This one handles all things motion- from the built-in compass to motion tracking. This chip will help usher in the next generation of health and fitness apps as the controls are already in the phone.  Graphics are getting better as well.  How much better are we taking?  How about xbox360 & PS4 quality gaming graphics.
The iPhone 5s also got an improved camera, starting with a 15% larger sensor.  It can do better with low light photography because of a new lens that can take in more light.  The camera can also think for itself by taking multiple pictures, determining which one is better, and presenting you the best quality picture.  Now, when using a flash, there are two LEDs that are going to give you “True tone."   Once you take that picture, the camera will automatically take four photos and decide which is better in what lighting and only gives you the best one. There’s a burst mode, new image stabilization, slow motion video, and improved panoramic shot to help give you a better picture taking experience.  

Security became one of the bigger selling points for the iPhone 5s.  Touch ID is the new way you can lock/unlock your phone.  The home button is now a fingerprint scanner that can recognize your thumb in such a way that only you can access your phone.  This recognition can be extended to your purchases on the app Store and iTunes.  

iPhone 5s comes in Gold, Silver, and Space Grey. Pricing: 16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399/w 2 year contract.

Other highlights at the event were iOS7 and iTunes Radio.  iOS7 comes out Wednesday, September 18th.  Most of the features here are the same from when they announced it earlier in the summer.  The latest news on this front was that iWorks is now going to be free.  

TechGuy Advice and remarks:  There was a lot of stuff here and I tried very hard not to over sell or go too far into the technical talk to spare you from the hype.  Far too many times, I hear people talk about specs as if they know what it means and they use them as a way to convince themselves that they need that product.  “This thing has 50% more transistors then before.  That is totally awesome!”  What does that mean?  Plan and simple, in my opinion, the offering from Apple is a good one, but that doesn’t mean you need to ditch what you have and go line up to get the next best thing.  My advice to you is this:  If you are in the market for a new phone and can afford the price I would recommend the iPhone 5s 32GB at $299.  There are very few people that will really need 64GB and going with an iPhone 5c is not taking advantage of all the improvements.  For those of you, like me, that can download the iOS7 update on the 18th... please backup your phones now and be prepared for a server crash or two.  I promise that it will be a mess trying to get the new software on day one.

That does it for this episode of Tech Talk Tuesday.  As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia..

Tech Talk Tuesday: Apple New iPhones
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