Alan Smithee

Apple’s iPhone Keynote – All You Need to Know

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In case you live under a rock, I’m looking at you Patrick Star, you probably heard more than you ever wanted to know about the new iPhone 5S and 5C models and the services therein. We bring you a condensed version of the dog and pony show that was Tim Cook’s iPhone keynote.

There’s a bunch of information that has come out and there will be likely more as the speculation festival continues, but here is what we absolutely know.

  • – New iPhone 5S and 5C

The new iPhone 5S is an updated version of the 5S with a faster A7 processor, a new M7 motion co-processor, fingerprint scanner in the home button, dual LED flash, better resolution camera, and will come in three colors: silver, “space gray”, and gold. Available in the US starting on September 20. The price for contracted phones starts at $199 for the 16GB model up to $399 for the 64GB one. However if you want it free and clear unlocked it starts at $649 for the 16GB up to $849 for the 64GB behemoth.

The iPhone 5C is available for pre-order right now through the Apple store and will run you $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model…however if you want the unlocked version it’s considerably more expensive at $549 and $649 respectively. For those wondering about the device itself, it is essentially an iPhone 5 with a steel reinforced plastic case.

  • – iWork Suite will come pre-installed on iOS devices

All of you other people will still have to pay $5-$10 for each of the apps, Pages, Numbers, iMovie, Keynote, and iPhoto.

  • – iTunes Radio launches September 18

Think of it as Pandora with better algorithms.

  • – iOS7 rollout on September 18
  • – iPod touch, nano, and shuffle now will be available in ‘space gray’ as well
  • – iOS7 introduces iBeacons

Too bad that doesn’t count towards alliteration, but with iOS7 comes support for Bluetooth Low Energy that could very easily be a contender to undo NFE dominance as it would broadcast on a localized Bluetooth radio that would be able to do the same work.

  • – iPhone approval for China’s 700,000,000 customers imminent

That’s a shitload of potential customers.

  • – Apple touts 700 million iOS devices shipped by the end of October

I’m responsible for at least 9 of those.

I know that’s a ton to take in, and if you need a ton additional information, I suggest you head over to one of the giants of tech to get all of the 1s and 0s of specs, weight, and software changes. I am not biased in any way, but I did make the swap from iOS to Android this year. I don’t quite see enough yet to bring me back…but if the rumors of them working on a 6″ phablet (phone/tablet hybrid like my GNoteII) are true, I might have to rethink my life a bit.

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