Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Sep 2013 18:25 UTC
Apple Apple's event is going on right now - and most of the new stuff already leaked weeks and months ahead of time. So, we're getting an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 5C, and iOS7 will be available later this month. I like the design of the 5C more than of the 5S; it's more playful, colourful - harking back to the coloured iMacs and PowerMac G3s. Too bad it doesn't come in red.

The fingerprint sensor in the 5S is interesting, but I wonder how accurate it will be in the real world; on top of that, with all the NSA news, I'm not particularly keen on Apple reading my fingerprint all the time. Supposedly, applications don't have access to it and it's not stored in the cloud, but I have little to no trust for companies.

The biggest news for me is the fact that the iPhone 5S has a new chip - the A7 - which has the honour of being the first 64bit chip inside a smartphone. iOS7 and first party Apple applications are all 64bit, and Xcode obviously supports it. While this obviously future-proofs the platform for more RAM, I wonder what other motives are involved here. ARM desktops and laptops, perhaps?

I doubt 64bit will provide much benefit today, but you have to hand it to Apple: at least they're done with the transition before it's even needed.

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Underwhelmed
by backdoc on Tue 10th Sep 2013 19:56 UTC
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I was a little disappointed in the announcement. I have an iPhone. Except for the fact that I am getting older and I find the screen size difficult to read these days, I do like my Apple phone. So, I was hoping that Apple would at least release a bigger screen. I guess I'm not surprised that they didn't make iTunes suck less (at least no word on that).

For a variety of reasons, I'm still reluctant to jump ship to Android. But, that seems to be my best option.

Evidently Apple investors are underwhelmed, too. Apples stock is sinking.

This almost feels like the beginning of the end of Apple.

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