Apple has finally announced its much-anticipated iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models. Here's a quick look at how reality matched up with expectations.
As expected, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are based on iOS 7 and extend the color offerings beyond Apple iPhone's traditional white and black. The iPhone 5S adds a gold color package along with silver and dark gray colors -- all using Liquidmetal materials. The iPhone 5C follows the iPod with a range of colors including white, pink, yellow, blue, and green -- and adds cases in complementary colors.
As expected, the iPhone 5C package is polycarbonate with a steel-reinforced structure that also forms the phone's multiband antenna. According to Apple, the iPhone 5C supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone -- confirming expectations that this lower-cost model will lead Apple's charge in the global smartphone market. The new models replace the iPhone 5, which is no longer listed on the Apple site or online store.
Among the hits, the iPhone 5S features the 64-bit A7, featuring twice the number of general-purpose registers and floating-point registers -- and at over 1 billion transistors -- twice the transistors of the A6.
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