After months of rampant speculation, (and the world press core clutching at straws over what the technology firm might have up its sleeve next), yesterday, at its long-anticipated media presser held at the company headquarters located in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled not one – but two – new iPhone models.
The first of which was the iPhone 5C.
Powered by Apple’s super-capable system-on-a-chip, the A6, the new handset comes in at just 4.90 inches (124.4 mm) by 2.33 inches (59.2 mm), with a depth of 0.35 inch (8.97 mm) — and weighs-in at 4.65 ounces.
Citing that in order to do colour “justice” they also had to rethink how they would do “plastic,” the company explained that the iPhone 5C – internally – takes advantage of a steel-reinforced frame, that also conveniently “acts as an antenna.”
“It’s attached to the outer shell in individual pieces, then laser‑welded together to achieve a precise fit. This structural integrity makes iPhone 5c pleasingly solid to the touch — unlike any plastic phone you’ve ever held. iPhone 5c feels as significant as it looks.”
Complete with a matching coloured wallpaper, the device will be available in a selection of five super-vibrant colours, including: White, Pink, Yellow, Blue and Green.
In terms of the device’s actual display quality, you’ll find the same 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch “Retina” display as found on the iPhone 5, today. The display’s resolution measures in at 1136-by-640-pixels, carrying with it that same 326-pixel-per-inch density.
Other features of the display include a typical 800:1 contrast ratio, with 500 cd/m2 max brightness, and (of course) that fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front to avoid lasting smudges, caused mainly from the natural amount of grease found on your fingers.
On the camera front – you’ll find an 8 megapixel backside illuminated sensor on the back with a new, wider ƒ/2.4 aperture and LED flash — (which can now change in order to accommodate over 1,000 colour combinations to match the ambient light present in pretty much any situation).
The Apple-designed “five-element” lens allows for greater shots, while the device’s hybrid IR filter, autofocus, tap to focus and face detection aim to give you the perfect photo you’re after. This sensor is also capable of taking panorama shots, as well as allowing you to ‘geotag’ your favourite moments with location data.
This new and improved camera sensor is also great for recording 1080p HD video. The sensor is capable of video at up to 30 fps, features an LED light for those low-light situations and comes with automatic video stabilisation. Of course, the usual abilities to; take a still photo whilst recording video, use face detection, 3x zoom and video geotagging – are also available here.
On the front of the device there’s an improved 1.2-megapixel, backside illuminated “FaceTime HD” camera sensor, capable of taking photos at 1280 by 960 resolution. This sensor is now also capable of recording video at 720p HD.
In terms of FaceTime and how it works, Apple notes that FaceTime on the iPhone 5C will allow you to call any FaceTime-enabled device over either a Wi-Fi or cellular network, as you initiate video calls over either LTE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+, 3G, or 2G. You can now also make higher-quality HVGA-resolution (480 by 368) calls over Wi-Fi, and place audio-only calls if you prefer.
Battery life and usage on the iPhone 5C is provided by the on-board rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which charges via USB to computer, (or power adapter) and will provide up to 10 hours of “talk time” on 3G, up to 250 hours on “Standby,” and up to 8 hours for internetting on 3G, up to 10 hours for web usage on LTE, and up to 10 hours for web usage over Wi-Fi.
Video playback will see you able to get up to 10 hours of juice from the iPhone 5C, while audio playback will see you able to up to 40 hours.
The device will arrive carrying all of Apple’s stock applications, including: Maps, Messages Passbook, Camera, Reminders, Notes, Phone, Videos, Weather, FaceTime, iTunes Store, Stocks, Music, Game Center, Calculator, Safari, Calendar, Voice Memos, App Store, Contacts, Mail and Newsstand.
This time, however, all new iPhone purchasers will also receive Apple’s “iLife” and “iWork” application suites for FREE. Apple explained that when you get your iPhone 5C, you’ll now see an information panel in the iTunes Store — and with one tap — iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Pages and Numbers will begin downloading, free of charge.
As for the actual pricing of the “iPhone 5C” and when you might be able to get your hands on one? — The new handset will be available in both 16GB and 32GB flavours, which will set you back $99 and $199 respectively, (along with the usual two-year wireless contract).
The iPhone 5C will be available for online preorder at Apple.com, this Friday (September 13, 2013) – and will be available to purchase from the Apple Retail Store, on September 20, 2013.