BY LOUIS BALZANI & MATTHEW GENTILE
Apple revealed the next generation of the iPhone earlier this week in Cupertino, Calif. For the first time in the product’s history, the company announced two versions of the phone that will coexist on store shelves: the high-end 5S and the mid-range 5C.
The two models have some pretty stark differences, so to help you figure out which of them is right for you, here is a quick breakdown of what each has to offer.
Let us look at the 5C first. The new device is made out of a polycarbonate plastic instead of aluminum, and it comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white. It has the same four-inch retina display as the iPhone 5 it replaces, and it also incorporates that phone’s A6 processor and eight-megapixel camera. Apple has priced the iPhone 5C at $99 for a 16GB model and $199 for a 32GB model with a contract. The phone will be available for pre-orders starting Friday, and it will arrive on store shelves Sept. 20.
Now let us tackle the 5S. Just like the 5C, it will also deviate from the standard black and white colors and be available in champagne, silver and space grey. The device comes with the new A7 processor, which will run up to twice as fast as the iPhone 5’s A6 processor. It is also Apple’s first 64-bit mobile processor. It includes the new M7 coprocessor, which constantly ingests motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. In addition, the 5S includes several major camera improvements, including slow-motion video, a burst mode for photos and a dual LED flash to better match lighting conditions. The wider camera and new lens also will improve the iPhone’s ability to take pictures in low light. Finally, a fingerprint sensor has been built into the home button, which will allow users to scan their fingerprints to unlock the phone or make purchases.
The iPhone 5S will also be available Sept. 20 at the same prices for which the iPhone 5 was sold: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB with a contract.
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