Apple unveils new phones


After days of feverish speculation, Apple fanatics can relax.

As predicted, Apple’s mysterious launch heralded the coming of two new iPhones (the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C) and a new operating system for most Apple devices, iOS 7.

The iPhone 5C in particular, a cheaper version of Apple’s coveted but pricey smartphone, has the tech world buzzing.

“With the guts of an iPhone 5 baked into a new and really cool-looking colourful plastic shell, the iPhone 5C will sell tons,” predicts Telegraph technology blogger Mic Wright. “The 5C will be the most popular coloured item outside of [TV series] Breaking Bad’s blue meth. And just as addictive.”

The model will be available in white, pink, green, blue and yellow and boasts a 4-inch retina display, an A6 processor (the same as the iPhone 5), an 8-megapixel rear camera, and new FaceTime HD cameras. The phone’s predicted retail value is about R7 300 for 16GB and R8 500 for 32GB.

The 5C’s luxury counterpart, the 5S, has been hailed as a big jump for Apple, which usually unveils a new phone model with a few tweaks and minor new features here and there. But this new model will come with some major changes – most notably, a desktop computer quality performance, an improved camera and a fingerprint scanner.

All devices will feature the new iOS 7 operating system, which introduces a new look to the familiar Apple device set-up, described by chief executive Tim Cook as “the biggest change to iPhone since the original iPhone”.

iOS 7, which features “flat icons, bright colours and translucent visuals” according to technology news site CNET, will be available for all devices older than the iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad Mini and iPod Touch on 18 September.

- Kirstin Buick 



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