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Apple Launches iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

Thu 12 Sep, 2013 // Firstnumber Team

Apple has launched two new smartphones – the speedy iPhone 5S and the less expensive iPhone 5C, at a special launch event in Cupertino, California. The industry-leading handset comes with a 'Touch ID' fingerprint sensor, and is available in champagne gold, silver and 'Space Grey'. Furthermore, a cheaper handset is available in five vibrant hues.

As announced by Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, the iPhone 5S is going to be 20 times faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 5. In addition, it will run on an A7 chip, making it the world’s first 64 bit mobile phone.'

‘iPhone 5S is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, delivering desktop class architecture in the palm of your hand,’ said Schiller at the launch, ‘[It] sets a new standard for smartphones, packed into its beautiful and refined design are breakthrough features that really matter to people, like Touch ID, a simple and secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger.’

Describing the phone’s assets, he added: ‘The PC world made the transition from 32 bit to 64 bit and it took years. Today you’re going to see that Apple is going to do it on one day.’

Most of the rumours surrounding the iPhone 5S have turned out to be true, including the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. While the product's home button still requires physically pushing in, it's now surrounded by a stainless steel ring that's been designed to detect your fingerprint. This will make it much easier and safer for users to unlock the device or to make purchases.

As explained by Apple:

Touch ID, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your iPhone with just the touch of a finger. Built into the home button, Touch ID uses a laser-cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyze it to provide accurate readings from any angle.

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