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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RE[4]: so so
by JonW on Wed 11th Sep 2013 06:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: so so"
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Yeah, a 640 Pixel wide tiny 4 inch screen is a great experience, sure.

AND nobody complained about the Moto X "experience", they looked at the specs and said "mid-range!". Same should be true for the Iphone S, but all the Apple-loving sites like TheVerge et al won't do that.
Double standard PERIOD.

The idea that a 4 inch screen is "tiny" is purely down to opinion. My opinion is that I prefer a phone around that size and certainly not bigger than my 4.3 inch Lumia. Again, that is opinion, so you are just as right about it as I am.

Here is a fact for you though. Once you reach a certain pixel density (around 300 ppi) most people can't tell if it gets any higher rez. So the screen on of this resolution on a display of this size is factually pretty good.

Ultimately though, the experience I was most referring to is that of use. iOS is, and always has been, very smooth to use. And although there are some things that I enjoy more on other systems, it is very hard to argue with how well optimized iOS is and the fact that older generations of iPhones still get the updates promptly (which is something I wish I could say for any other platform I have used on a smart phone).

Also, please note that I didn't once make mention of the MOTO-X in my last comment. I do however think that it is also a high end device since it comes with a good design, a great screen, and seems to be pretty smooth running. If only it were to receive updates straight from Google with the Nexus devices.

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