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: With the 5C
by darknexus on Wed 11th Sep 2013 17:53 UTC in reply to "With the 5C"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

It appears that the Job's premium industrial design is starting to take a back seat to the more cheaply made plastic-centric Android phones.

You mean the Jobs-centric ridiculously thin design that means we can't have a bigger battery? The design that no one except Jobs and maybe Ive ever gave a shit about? I hope we do see the end of it. I don't want the iPhone to drop in build quality, but I think everyone including Apple users are fed up with phone designs that make the damn thing uncomfortable to use as, well, a phone. The 5C may be the first iPhone since the 3GS that doesn't feel like it absolutely needs an armored shell (ahem, case) around it just to fit in our hand.

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