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[2]: so so
by someone on Wed 11th Sep 2013 02:52 UTC in reply to "RE: so so"
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Usually when they stuff twice the RAM into a new Iphone they say "2x RAM" or something, they didn't this time so my guess is 1GB like the Iphone5.

Which brings up the another topic: HOW IS THIS NOT A MID-RANGE PHONE???

Everybody was complaining about the Moto X, but is has a higher resolution screen and likely more RAM. So the Iphone5S also has to be mid-range too PERIOD

In a world of Full HD, quadcore, 2 GB RAM phones the Iphone can't compare anymore.

But the extra RAM will hurt battery life, and that's more important to a lot of folks than the specs.

Edited 2013-09-11 02:52 UTC

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RE[3]: so so
by leos on Wed 11th Sep 2013 03:11 in reply to "RE[2]: so so"
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But the extra RAM will hurt battery life, and that's more important to a lot of folks than the specs.

The extra RAM will not have any noticeable effect on battery life.

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RE[4]: so so
by tylerdurden on Wed 11th Sep 2013 07:19 in reply to "RE[3]: so so"
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I take you didn't study electrical engineering?

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