The announcement from Apple on September 10th about its two new iPhone models was the biggest piece of tech gadget news all year. Rumours and leaked information had been doing the rounds for weeks, and when the time finally came for concrete evidence Apple did not disappoint.
Two new models – the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s – were revealed. So how do they compare against each other?
The 5s wins this battle, with enough of an improvement over previous models to make this one of its key selling points. The True Tone flash is superior to the flash on the 5c, and the sensor and lens are also better, meaning faster autofocus and faster shutter.
The 5c is the cheaper version, but it is still an expensive handset to buy outright. Mobile operators have various contract deals for new and existing customers. The 5c starts at £469, the 5s at £549.
The 5s has better chips and processors than the 5c, which basically means it will do more, and do it quicker. Expect games to run faster and things such as motion tracking to be much smoother. For those who play a lot of games or watch video on their mobile the 5s is the clear winner.
In actual specs, the 5s has a new 64-bit A7 chip for up to 2x faster CPU and graphics performance and the M7 motion coprocessor.
Both phones look great, as you would expect from Apple. The 5s is available in three finishes – black, sand and silver/white – while the 5c is the colourful version, available in white, pink, yellow, blue and green.
The 5s models are available in 16, 32 and 64 GB options. The 5c is available in 16 and 32GB only.
The iPhone 5s has the much-talked-about Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor. The sensor is built into the home button and, when activated, this feature means only the approved owner can unlock the phone. Fingerprint recognition can also be used to approve purchases from iTunes and the App Store.
Whichever model you opt for you are assured a quality phone with a whole host of features and benefits on top of being able to make and receive calls and texts. The latest version of iOS – number 7 – is now available for iPhone 5s and 5c and this is further enhancing enjoyment of the new gadget for many early adopters.