With the dust still settling after today’s massive iPhone announcement, Apple disciples and casual users alike are buzzing with the (predicted) news of two new mobile models: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
Beginning Friday, September 13th, both iPhones will be available for pre-order through the Apple Store online and in-store, as well as through U.S. carriers (more details to come), then go on sale and start shipping a week later on September 20th.
The standard 16GB iPhone 5S is priced at $199 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 5C will run $99 with a two-year contract.
Without a contract, however, you’ll be paying MUCH more for both models: an unlocked, contract-free 16GB iPhone 5S is listed for $649, while an unlocked, contract-free (and supposedly budget-friendly) 16GB iPhone 5C is going for $549 on the Apple Store’s website.
Touting an extremely powerful new 64-bit A7 processor that’ll make it twice as fast as it’s predecessor, a fingerprint scanner on the home button called “Touch ID” that allows you to use your thumbprint in lieu of a passcode, an updated camera with a dual-LED flash, larger f/2.2 aperture and light sensor, and an improved battery life, the iPhone 5S is far more than just it’s new gold color option.
While the iPhone 5S is obviously Apple’s new flagship mobile device, their iPhone 5C is being touted as an affordable alternative to its shinier sibling. The iPhone 5C is essentially the exact same phone as the iPhone 5 on the inside, but on the outside the iPhone 5C is a cute, plastic-backed mobile that will come in five colors: blue, white, pink, yellow, and green.
Interestingly, Apple have held onto their old iPhone 4S and made it their entry-level model. This means you’ll be able to get an 8GB iPhone 4S for $0 with a two-year wireless service plan starting September 20th. For those that are late to the smartphone game but don’t want to spend a small fortune on the latest and greatest model iPhone, Apple is extending a hand to help you take those precious first steps into the world of smartphones.