Last Tuesday, Apple made everyone’s day by announcing on its media event the two new Apple models – the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. So, how are they different from the past models of the device?

 

iPhone 5S


Just like what is rumored, the iPhone 5s is available in other colors aside from the usual silver. It comes with the anticipated gold color with a more subdued hue than what is circulating over the net, and in space gray that closely resembles gunmetal. All colors come with aluminum edging.

It’s not much different from the iPhone 5 with the exception of the much celebrated fingerprint sensor called Touch ID and dual LED flash. The Touch ID ring which serves as a fingerprint reader is built into the home button that is now made from sapphire crystal. The twin-LED flash makes shooting in the dark better by having one cool white flash and a second warmer amber LED  that adjusts to lighting conditions.    

It is also available with Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The iOS 7 will have a pastel color scheme and flattened icons with improvements on Multitasking, Notification Center, Control Center, and AirDrop.

Prices start from $199 for the 16GB model on a 2-year contract in the US; 32GB model will be for $299 while the 64GB model will cost $399.  

 

iPhone 5C


Apple seems to be fond of colors nowadays and has launched the iPhone 5c in white, red, blue, green and yellow designs with official cases in matching (or contrasting if you prefer) colors with a spotted back. The shell is made of plastic polycarbonate that is not overly polished like some other plastic handsets.

The iPhone 5c will be the replacement of the iPhone 5 and you can expect more exciting features from the new gadget. With its A6 chip, the battery will have longer life that allows 10 hours of LTE browsing time, 10 hours of talk time, and 10 hours of video playback. Its 8MP iSight camera allows taking of sharp photos with features like five-element lens and panorama among others, and taking of 1080p HD video with 3x zoom features. And, of course, it comes with the iOS 7.

The device is priced at $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model.

 

Pre-order starts on September 13 and the units will go on sale in the 20th. It has been reported by Digitimes that the panel shipments for the iPhone 5s are estimated to hit the 10 to 13 million mark in the 3rd quarter of the year, while the less expensive iPhone 5c are expected to surpass 20 million units. With this new rave by Apple, it seems that the new iPhones are not that far to achieving the current 57 million unit sales of the iPhone 5.