Product Notes: iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s

On September 10, 2013, Apple announced the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, incremental upgrades to the iPhone 5. Both models essentially retain the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 and are differentiated from the iPhone 5 by changes in components, colors, and features. In-contract pricing for the 5s model remains similar to the previous structure (16 GB for $199, 32 GB for $299, 64 GB for $399). In-contract pricing for the 5c model, however, starts at 16 GB for $99 and 32 GB for $199; this significantly lowers the barrier to entry for current iOS-based mobile technology. The aging iPhone 4S will remain available at no cost (in-contract) while the iPhone 5 has been discontinued. A comparison of the current iPhone lineup is here.

The iPhone 5c features:

  • A6 processor (found on the previous iPhone 5 model)
  • Improved front facing FaceTime HD camera
  • Available in hard coated polycarbonate in five different colors

The iPhone 5s features:

  • New A7 64-bit processor and M7 motion coprocessor, giving significantly better improved performance over their predecessors
  • Improved front facing (FaceTime HD) and rear facing cameras with improved sensor and True Tone flash
  • Fingerprint sensor built-in to Home button
  • Three different colors of aluminum body, adding gold to the traditional black and white versions

Screen size and resolution remain at 4.0 inches and 1136 x 640 for both. The device will be compatible with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, identical to the iPhone 5 since it became available from T-Mobile earlier this year. The iPhone 5c and 5s will be available on September 20; the iPhone 5c was available for pre-order beginning on September 13.

Information Systems & Computing (ISC) believes the most significant improvement to the iPhone product line is the inclusion of a 64-bit processor in the iPhone 5s, which will extend capability for the iPhone 5s now and also for likely future versions of the iPad. According to Apple, the 64-bit A7 processor is 40 times faster than the original 2007 iPhone, and twice as fast as the iPhone 5.

Both iPhone models ship with iOS 7 (a significant revision to iOS) and include a download (conditions as yet unclear) of Apple's iWork productivity suite (Pages, Numbers, iMovie, Keynote, iPhoto) at no additional cost. More information on iOS 7's features can be found at Apple's page here.

Please see this technology brief for more information about iOS 7.

--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services

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Date Posted: September 9, 2013 Tags: Product Notes, Apple, iOS, New and Noteworthy

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