Apple has officially announced the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5c comes in five different colors — white, blue, pink, yellow, and green. Made from a single part, the seamless iPhone 5c has a polycarbonate shell.
Containing a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c comes with the same A6 processor as the iPhone 5, with the same rear camera. The front-facing FaceTime camera is improved, with larger pixels and improved backside illumination. It supports “more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.” The iPhone 5c is also equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. A steel frame inside the device doubles as an antenna.
The iPhone 5c is $99 for a 16GB model, and $199 for a 32GB model with two-year contract. Apple also introduced a line of its own custom cases for the iPhone 5c at $29 each. The iPhone 5c will be released Friday, Sept. 20. It will be available for pre-order on Friday, Sept. 13.
During today’s iPhone event, Apple announced the official release date for iOS 7, the next generation of the company’s mobile operating system. Originally unveiled at WWDC in June, iOS 7 includes a “stunning new user interface” that marks a dramatic visual departure from every prior version of iOS, sporting refined typography, with new animations, layered effects, and transparency.
During the event, Senior VP Craig Federighi took the stage to quickly demonstrate several of the major new features in iOS 7, including the new lock screen and “harmonious layout” of the home screen, along with the new Control Center, Notification Center, and multitasking view. He also highlighted how Siri can search Twitter, Wikipedia, and perform inline web and photo searches, and showed off the new camera filters and mode features and the new “share sheet” with AirDrop support for sharing items with other nearby iOS devices over a Wi-Fi connection. Federighi highlighted the new iTunes Radio feature as well, describing it as “the best way to experience new music.”
iOS 7 is compatible with the iPhone 4 and later, fifth-generation iPod, iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display, and iPad mini. It will be available for download as a free update via iTunes and OTA update on September 18th.
Breaking with recent tradition, Apple apparently will not be streaming live video of its 2013 “brighten everyone’s day” iPhone Event from its Cupertino headquarters. Regardless, we’ll be posting live updates here to discuss what’s taking place at the event as it happens. Thus far, details leaked before the event strongly suggest that we will see the introduction of the iPhone 5S (possibly styled “iPhone 5s”), iPhone 5C (“iPhone 5c”), and iOS 7, as well as software updates to iTunes and the Apple TV—the basic details of which have been known for days or weeks. Also possible are price changes and other tweaks to the iPod lineup, which has been suffering from declining sales for quite some time.
Apple has announced the plastic iPhone 5c ($99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB) as a complete replacement for the iPhone 5, available in five plastic colors (white/pink/blue/green/yellow). It has also debuted the iPhone 5s (16GB: $199, 32GB: $299, 64GB: $399) as a sequel, in three colors (space gray, silver/white, and gold/white), with a 64-bit processor, improved cameras (improved FaceTime HD, faster iSight lens, plus 120fps 720p video recording), Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and promised somewhat better battery life. The iPhone 4S (now restyled as “iPhone 4s”) will oddly remain as an 8GB model for $0 on contract. The new phones will go on pre-order September 13 and hit stores on September 20.
Additional details are found after the fold, so if you’re on our main page, click on the title of this article for the full story. Updated: Apple’s official video of the event was posted after its conclusion, and is available here.
- September 10, 2013
One more leak before today’s Apple event appears to show the iPhone 5S’s Home Button now listed as a “Home Button/Touch ID sensor” in the device’s user guide. The device’s fingerprint scanner will apparently be referred to by Apple as a Touch ID sensor.
The fingerprint scanner was long rumored to be in the iPhone 5S, and recently confirmed by the Wall Street Journal. As was previously reported, it appears that the button lacks the rounded square icon of the past and is surrounded by a gray ring. [via Nowhereelse.fr (translated link)]
Fast Company is on the cusp of concluding an extensive feature story titled “An Oral History of Apple Design.” The story has interviews from many interesting figures throughout Apple’s recent history, revealing a number of details that were little-known or unknown before. As the piece notes, very few designers have left the design team of Apple Senior Vice President Jony Ive — “Two quit; three died.” Fast Company interviewed the two designers who quit, along with a number of other Apple veterans. The series is set to end tomorrow, and it’s a recommended read for anyone with a remote interest in Apple design. We’ve highlighted a few interesting tidbits and revelations within the expansive article.
The feature starts in 1992. It notes that Ive personally tailored the design studio’s every facet to make former Apple CEO Steve Jobs comfortable, ranging from the clothing people wore to the music they played, to the rule that people had to slowly move away from where Steve was when he came in. It became the CEO’s “happy place.” Apple designers chose translucent plastic for the iMac because it gave “the feeling that there was something intelligent” inside the computer, which were all previously opaque beige boxes, a design theme that carried over to the iPod.
Keep reading for many additional interesting details.
Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue ($5) is a new Chuggington interactive pop-up book from StoryToys Entertainment. Based on the licensed Chuggington characters, this flip-style book is lightly animated on its regular pages, but features lots of voice narration and audio samples to keep kids excited. Interactive roadside rescue/task games break up the flat pages, and kids will find it easy to play the activities due to simple tap action commands. Young fans of Chuggington will find this book charming, and the artwork is all in extremely high resolution.
Amazon’s Kindle (free) app has updated to 3.9.2. According to Amazon, it is a required update before upgrading to iOS 7. The update fixes an issue with iOS 7 that could cause customers to have to re-register and re-download books which were already purchased from Amazon.
China Mobile will carry Apple’s iPhone 5C, according to a tweet from Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Sherr. It’s been speculated that China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, would carry the iPhone — especially after Apple announced its Sept. 11 event at Beijing’s China World Trade Center. Apple and China Mobile have long been in negotiations for the carrier to sell the device. Sherr did not report any additional information about any other iPhone models China Mobile might sell; given the carrier’s long-time interest in an iPhone model catering to price-conscious customers, it’s possible that China Mobile could only carry the iPhone 5C.
- September 6, 2013
Alleged photos of the iPhone 5S box were recently posted on a Chinese site. Notably, the Home Button no longer appears to have the rounded square icon — a previously rumored change. Instead, there’s a gray ring around the Home Button, which has also been rumored.
Some have speculated that the gray rings in Apple’s official Sept. 10 event invitation allude to the gray iPhone 5S ring. If the photos are legitimate, the box would mark a return to 3GS-era packaging, as boxes for the iPhone 4, 5, and 5S all had an angled front view of the devices. The low-quality photos make the leaks questionable, but certainly not inconceivable. [via C Tech]
Update: iPhoneinCanada posted much clearer versions of the same photos — we’ve replaced the lower quality photos with the better pictures, and added two additional pictures, which feature a better view of the iPhone 5S name on the side of the box.
Apple is reportedly testing new iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 to 6 inches, according to The Wall Street Journal. Suppliers say Apple has tested larger iPhone screens recently, and the company has been “particularly interested” in testing a 4.8-inch screen. As the report notes, Apple eventually adopted a multi-size approach to its iPod — it wouldn’t be out of the question to see the company take a similar path with the iPhone in the future. Sources indicate Apple is “more willing” to move in that direction than it was before.
Coming out of nowhere today is Call of Duty: Strike Team ($7), a premium-priced shooter from Activision. The newest title in a long line of Call of Duty games, Strike Team offers both first-person and third-person views of combat, as players can switch views during the game for traditional FPS shooting and melee combat, then tactical strategy viewed from the position of a drone. CoD: Strike Team features a single-player campaign mode, plus a survival mode which lets players fight off waves of enemies while competing against others. It’s a neat game — unfortunately, like 2K Drive below, we experienced a few technical problems with the game, as it crashed multiple times during the first level. Hopefully future updates will fix the issues.
Hello Vino, the free wine app from Drive Thru Interactive, has gotten a sizable update in version 3.0. The updated app has been redesigned and is now universal for iPhone and iPad. Hello Vino now offers insider wine deals, expert reviews from Elizabeth Schneider, audio pronunciations of wines, improvements to the “My Wines” feature and enhancements to the wine label scanner. Tens of thousands of new wines have also been added to the app’s database.
- September 5, 2013
Carrier China Telecom briefly indicated that it was accepting reservations for Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C. The message, which referenced sales of both new phones, was posted on a microblogging website and has been removed. It’s possible Apple could launch both devices in China earlier than usual, coinciding with an expected U.S. launch on Sept. 20. Apple is hosting a special event in Beijing on Sept. 11, with many speculating that carrier China Mobile will start carrying the iPhone. [via TechWeb (translated link)]
Separately, a report indicates that Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has reached an agreement with Apple to sell iPhones, breaking a long-time impasse between the companies. The issues began after minor rival Softbank secured an early exclusive on the iPhone, which then continued to erode DoCoMo’s once-dominant Japanese market share. [via Asahi Shimbun (translated link)]
- September 5, 2013
Hard Candy Cases is the latest company to unveil new cases for Apple’s upcoming iPhones, debuting its HarvestCraft Slider ($40) for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The slider cases come in three different color combinations per base color package.
Availability is listed as October, after the expected release dates for the new phone. Yesterday, Booq unveiled an iPhone 5C case, but the page has since been taken down.
- September 5, 2013
German carrier Deutsche Telekom announced today that it will be launching LTE+ — otherwise known as LTE-Advanced, capable of doubling LTE speeds to up to 150Mb/second — as an addition to its network, fueling speculation regarding iPhone 5S LTE-Advanced capability. In the announcement, the company notes that Samsung will offer a Galaxy S4 with LTE-A, while also claiming “comparable devices from other vendors will follow at the end of September,” around the time of Apple’s expected iPhone 5S launch. An earlier report claimed that Apple was negotiating to bring an LTE-A iPhone 5S to South Korea, on SK Telecom’s network. It’s unclear whether Apple plans to include LTE-A technology in any or all iPhone 5S devices, or if it will be included in separate models based on country and network.
Notably, AllThingsD has reported that Apple will hold special satellite events in Berlin, Beijing, and Tokyo on September 11, following its September 10 unveiling of the iPhone 5S. New carrier-specific deals or services in these countries may be the reason for the events.
Reportedly involved in producing the iPhone 5C, Apple supplier Jabil Circuit has been accused of numerous labor violations by China Labor Watch. The watchdog group has alleged that Jabil Circuit’s factory in Wuxi, China has engaged in infringements including millions of dollars in unpaid overtime wages, more than 100 hours of monthly mandatory overtime, more than 11 hours of daily standing work with no rest other than 30-minute meal breaks, hiring discrimination, and inadequate pre-work training. The full report can be found on the China Labor Watch website. Notably, the company is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Apple has invited Chinese media for a second special event, set to be held at Beijing’s China World Trade Center on September 11. Scheduled to start roughly six hours after the conclusion of Apple’s American iPhone event on September 10, it’s speculated that Apple will use the Beijing venue to announce a deal with China Mobile to bring the iPhone to the world’s largest carrier. Apple CEO Tim Cook met with the chairman of China Mobile about a month ago, and negotiations have been ongoing for some time. The official Apple event will be the first of its kind in China. [via 9to5Mac]
- September 4, 2013
A leaked internal document from Telus appears to reveal that the Canadian carrier will discontinue the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 models on Sept. 28.
The document hints—but doesn’t confirm—that Apple will discontinue those models, while continuing to sell the 16GB iPhone 5 as a mid-tier option between the upcoming iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. It’s unclear why the discontinuation would take place on the 28th—eight days after the likely new iPhone launch day—but an accompanying report suggests that Apple could stagger the iPhone 5C and 5S release dates by one week, which would be unusual. [via mobilesyrup]
Apple has released minor updates to its iLife apps for iOS — iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband. The heavily skeuomorphic apps are all described by Apple as receiving compatibility and stability fixes, without additional details, and continue to run without obvious changes on iOS 6 and iOS 7. While these behind-the-scenes fixes are not a surprise considering the upcoming launch of iOS 7, this may also signal that Apple is not planning to make major visual changes to those apps to coincide with iOS 7’s release. [via 9to5Mac]
ArtRage for iPad ($5) from Ambient Design Ltd. has updated to version 1.6. The updated art studio app has enhanced stylus support, as the app now supports the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and TenOne Pogo Connect Stylus, in addition to the original Adonit Jot Touch. Tap and hold color sampling is now optional, and a number of UI issues have been addressed to make the app easier to use.
Combo Crew ($4), a touchscreen-optimized brawler by The Game Bakers, has added two new special characters in version 1.2.0. Viewtiful Joe of the Capcom series and Lester Knight from the classic action puzzle game Out of this World (aka Another World) join the fray. A $2 in-app purchase is required to unlock Joe, but Lester Knight — an inspired addition — comes unlocked with the update. The game has also added new challenges and missions to King of the Tower mode.
Apple has started to invite members of the media to a special event on September 10 at 10:00AM Pacific Time, one week from today. Scheduled to be held at Apple’s campus in Cupertino, the event’s invitation includes the phrase, “This should brighten everyone’s day.” It consists of an Apple logo atop a collection of dots, brightly colored similarly to tones seen in both iOS 7 icons and leaks of the iPhone 5C.
The event will almost certainly include the formal announcement of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, as well as the final release of iOS 7—at the very least, for iPhones and iPod touches. Reports have suggested that Apple will use a separate event, most likely in October, to debut new iPad models.
- September 3, 2013
Following numerous leaks of rear shells and other small components, leaks of complete and boxed iPhone 5C units have hit the web. A photo of iPhone 5Cs in packaging comes from iapps.im, appearing to show a red iPhone 5C inside a plastic box. The packages appear to match those from an earlier leak.
A few other images were leaked and seen on Weibo, showing alleged iPhone 5C packaging materials. One picture shows what appears to be the manual for the 5C, while the next shows instructions for the SIM card ejection tool.