Apple Inc unveiled on Tuesday an iPhone with a fingerprint scanner to help it stand out in a crowded field of similar smartphones, plus a cheaper plastic model for emerging markets that proved pricier than expected.
The “iPhone 5C” comes in five hues – blue, green, pink, yellow and white – and starts in the United States at USD 99 with a contract, or USD 549 without. But an unlocked 5C will go for 4,488 yuan and above in China, more than the average urban resident earns in a month and a price that may disappoint those hoping for a more aggressive assault on the world’s largest cellular market.
Apple claims the iPhone 5S is up to twice as fast for both CPU and graphics and says the new A7 processor housed within includes over a billion transistors — twice as many as the A6 processor in the iPhone 5, while retaining the same footprint (iOS 7 has apparently been updated to take advantage of the new 64-bit architecture too).
The iPhone 5S also includes something Apple calls an M7 motion co-processor, which keeps tabs on the device’s accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Apple says this will enable new types of health and fitness apps, like a new Nike+ Move app that keeps track of how active you are.