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And then there were two; Apple’s new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S models

For the first time EVER, apple has announced a second new iPhone model in conjunction with the iPhone 5S; the iPhone 5C.

As many rumors suggested, the colorful device – available in blue, white, pink, yellow and green – has a polycarbonate design, which Apple says is made from a single part save the front panel — the whole of which is a multitouch surface — and reinforced with a steel structure that’s said to be made using a new construction method. It’s “beautifully, unapologetically plastic,” according to Apple’s Jony Ive.

No surprises as you’ll get the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5 (full sRGB), plus an A6 processor, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity, a higher capacity batter, and an 8-megapixel, backside-illuminated camera with a 5-element lens.

We’ve seen what the iPhone 5 is capable of doing, I’m intrigued as to what the “s” in iPhone 5S stands for. Starting off with the things that irritate me the most; that ever present issue of battery life. Apple’s promising a full 10 hours of 3G talk time and LTE browsing. The phone should also stay alive for 40 hours of music playback for all of your live Grateful Dead material and 250 hours on standby.

The phone features a 170-micro thick sensor with a 500 ppi resolution built into the home button that’ll biometrically let you into the phone. Apple calls it Touch ID, building the feature directly into the operating system. This means that you can use the feature to buy stuff of iTunes securely, assuming no one else has access to your fingertips. Oh, and if someone else wants to access your phone, you can also set the thing up to read multiple fingerprints.

Inside you’ll find a 64-bit A7 processor that features twice the number of transistors as its predecessor, clocking in at more than one billion, according to Schiller — the CPU and GPU, meanwhile, promise speeds twice as fast. There’s OpenGL ES 3.0 on-board, but the next-gen handset still promises, thankfully, to remain compatible with the 32-bit apps of yesteryear. The 5S also rocks the new M7, which monitors motion data in real-time, with help from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass — a feature that’ll work nicely with fitness apps like the new Nike+ Move.

So, when can we mere mortals actually get one? The device is said to go on sale in selected countries on September 20. It’s expected to reach us in December, just lien it’s predecessor of yesteryear did. We’re waiting on The Core Group (official distributor of Apple products in SA) and Carriers to confirm possible dates.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.