Showing posts with label iOS 7. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iOS 7. Show all posts

Monday, September 23, 2013

iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5C: Side By Side Hardware Comparison [VIDEO]

Here's a complete side by side video comparison of iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5. This video that we have put together compares all the said phones, you can find it embedded at the end of this post.

Apple released their seventh and eighth iteration into their iPhone category with the addition of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. Whilst the 5S – as is typically the case with 's' upgrades – stays physically very similar to the iPhone 5, the new iPhone 5C is very different. Instead of an aluminum rear housing, we see a solid unibody polycarbonate construction, resulting in a slightly deeper handset.

When I opened the box of my iPhone 5C, I was expecting to be presented with what could only be described as a 'cheap alternative' to the iPhone 5S. I was expecting a shoddy product that Apple were trying to shift for a price not far off from the premium. I don't particularly know why I was expecting this, it seems I shouldn't do so in the future, as Apple have so far only impressed me with the iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C. Red iPhone 5 courtesy MendMyi Color Lab

The plastic unibody construction of the rear shell results in a phone which fits snugly in the hand, and the tapered edges only add to this experience. Whilst the iPhone 5S certainly feels more premium than the iPhone 5C, it's hard not to when the entire phone is constructed with aluminum and glass, Apple have done an incredible job by making the 5C not feel second best. This may well have something to do with the fact that the 5S could now be classified as an outdated design, as we've been accustomed to it for a little over a year now in the iPhone 5 itself. We've put together a hardware comparison to compare the iPhone 5S, 5C and, which can be found below.

Blue iPhone 5C with Space Gray iPhone 5S

It's certainly too early for me to pass full judgment on any of these devices. A few hours of playing around is only enough to give you a consolidated first impression. With this being said, I'll be surprised if my base opinion changes much. If it does, I'd be more inclined to say that the 5C is likely to be my favorite out of the two new additions to Apple's lineup, the camera and speed optimizations may well be the iPhone 5S's saving grace, however. It's certainly interesting to see Apple continue with the tradition of including an ‘s' model after a redesign, and whether this will ever change or develop into something more.

Source: Redmond Pie

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Apple's iPhone 5C and 5S debut: We live in boring times

Marketers will do their best to convince you otherwise, but smartphones now belong to a maturing industry with little sizzle.

Apple iPhone 5C

Apple is a tough act to follow, especially when you're Apple. And especially when almost every detail of your big unveiling had already been picked apart and reported on by the press.

After announcing on Tuesday what arguably was one of the most significant product refreshes in years, Apple shares still sagged a little more than 2 percent -- the equivalent of a Wall Street shrug. Besides, the stock had been running up, playing to the saying, buy on the rumor, sell on the news. None of that means that the new products and technologies Apple showed off were necessarily wanting or somehow disappointing.

But everything is context and for the past year, Apple has battled the perception that its technology edge over Samsung was narrowing. Apple now also faces a clutch of scrappy overseas rivals such as Huawei, ZTE, and Xiaomi that make competitive, low-cost smartphones.

So as Apple's senior executives took their respective turns on stage talking about the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, the hyperbole was, expectedly, as thick as San Francisco's late-summer fog. At one point, CEO Tim Cook extolled the "incredible" interaction between Apple's design and engineering teams. At another point vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller described 5C as "absolutely beautiful."

That over-the-top stuff is always part of what's essentially a big marketing show. But there were no big surprises out of Apple this time around. No surprises because the news leaks were spot-on. And if you were waiting for pyrotechnics, you went home disappointed because Apple had nothing about possible wearable computing devices or televisions in the offing. The only unexpected news came when Apple said that iWork, iPhoto, and iMovie for the iPhone and iPad would be free for download. However, with tech addicts always looking for the next big breakthrough, would this provide a big-enough fix?

Another question: When it comes to price, it's far from clear how the low-end iPhone 5C will sell, considering that it's not exactly a 3 bargain. The 5C will list for $549 and $649, for 16GB and 32GB versions, respectively. The price falls to $99 and $199, with a two-year contract. The unsubsidized pricing offers just a $100 discount from the iPhone 5S contract-free pricing. You'll pay $649 off contract the 16GB version of that device. Also, watch how this unfolds in China. The Tech In Asia blog noted that Apple's online store in China lists the price of the 5C for the equivalent of a hefty $733.
Many consumers -- especially the loyalists -- will still hand over their credit cards, convinced that Apple builds better devices. And these are measurably better smartphones than their predecessors. Among the myriad announcements, three caught my eye:

  • Apple unveiled a Touch ID fingerprint scanner for its more expensive iPhone, the 5S. Something like this had been widely expected since Apple spent $356 million last year to buy AuthenTec, a company that makes sensor chips for use both in personal computers and smartphones. For anyone who has ever forgotten a password or worried about security -- um, like most of us -- that's a nice selling point. The end of passwords? We can only hope. (The Motorola Atrix 4G offered a biometric fingerprint smart sensor when it debuted in 2011.
  • The announcement of the A7 processor, the first-ever 64-bit chip in a smartphone, is significant. Given something with that kind of speed and a tool kit, there should be amazing stuff coming out from developers.
  • The iPhone 5S comes with an much improved camera that includes burst mode, better glare reduction, a bigger aperture, and a larger sensor. "You can't underestimate the quality of the new camera, especially when those who understand imaging get a chance to put it through its paces," said technology analyst Tim Bajarin.

"I don't think there was anything fundamentally disappointing out of Apple despite the fact that there was lot of anticipation," said IDC's Will Stofega. "What we've seen with Apple and other vendors is they're incrementally changing and improving things."

Hardly the end of the world, but let's not kid ourselves: Elvis has left the building and the magic's gone out of the smartphone business, leaving companies and their advocates to argue about slightly faster processors, more megapixels, or slightly improved battery life. That's progress, but it's the equivalent of three yards and a cloud of dust.

When Apple came out with the original iPhone in 2007, that was the real game-changer. Before then, the phone carriers were able to dangle access to their networks to dictate what got built into handsets and how much the devices would cost. Handset makers complied or they got frozen out. The result: crappy phones. Then Steve Jobs upset the rules and the rest we know.

The journey part of the story is over. Smartphones, which are so baked into our lives, belong a maturing industry, which means that it's going to get harder and harder for any company -- Apple, Samsung, or any other would-be challenger -- to make a splash. One smartphone isn't all that different from the next. The devices do what we need them to do. It doesn't mean there aren't other delightful applications waiting to get invented. But as Stofega noted correctly, "There's only so much you can do with a device." We're talking about a communications tool, not a talisman.

So here's what's important to remember: The media often gets it wrong, as does Wall Street. The truly critical days are the weeks and months ahead when consumers vote with their wallets. And if the rumors are true, an October surprise may be in the offing from Apple. That one still hasn't leaked though the buzz is feeding a groundswell. Is Apple planning some sort of wearable device or is it the rumored television? Or maybe it will be some sort of big screen that integrates all your home devices into iOS.
Apple has time to get this right, and the instant it introduces a new platform, the excitement will be back. I can't wait because the status quo is boring me to tears.


Friday, May 3, 2013

iOS 7 To Get New Design

Apple are expected to unveil the next major version of their mobile OS, iOS 7 at their world wide developer conference in June, and now according to a recent report, Apple’s iOS 7 is set to get a new design over iOS 6.

The new design for iOS 7 is said to change the look and feel of the mobile OS, and the interface will apparently change to a more flatter look with a simpler look, the project is apparently been overseen by Apple’s Jony Ive.

It will be interesting to see what this new design for iOS 7 looks like, the design for Apple’s mobile OS has remained unchanged in terms of the overall look since it was first introduced back in 2007, it has seen minor updates since then.

We are looking forward to seeing a range of new features in iOS 7, as soon as we get some more details on exactly what will be included we will let you guys know.

Source Cnet