The tech world was all abuzz when Tim Cook announced Apple's upcoming innovations. Adam Balkin explains the newest designs soon to be welcomed to the iPhone family.
UNITED STATES -- As heavily predicted, Apple did not make an iPhone announcement, but rather iPhone announcements, plural.
"The business has become so big that this year, we're going to replace the iPhone 5 with not one, but two devices," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
There's the lower end iPhone 5C, which comes in five colors and is made of hard-coated polycarbonate material, a phone unapologetically made of plastic according to Apple. It's very similar to an iPhone 5 in terms of features and power, but will start at just $100 with a two year contract.
The iPhone 5S will be the higher end model with a few brand new features, most notably, that home button at the bottom will double as a fingerprint sensor so that you can quite possibly never have to type in a password again on your phone.
"You can simply touch the home button to unlock your phone and it's something that's a joy to do all day, every day and leave on. And since it's built in, the teams also figured out how to use it to make iTunes purchases," said Phil Schiller.
Apple was quick to point out your fingerprint's image is saved only on your phone. It is never uploaded to any servers or clouds so that others can potentially access it.
The 5S is also much more powerful, has a motion chip inside to better keep track of movement, paving the way for newer fitness apps, and the camera upgrade this time includes a new flash that can automatically change color temperature. The iPhone 5S, which will come in three colors, will start at around $200 with a two year service contract.
Pre-orders on both phones open on September 13th. They'll start hitting customers' hands on the 20th.