Today is my own nerd holiday! Apple unleashed two new devices, the iPhone 5C and 5S. Let’s talk about the 5C first. Traditionally, when releasing a new iPhone, Apple would discount previous generations. For the first time, it has decided to release the existing phone guts in an all-new package. This means that customers can get the same level of phone out of the popular iPhone 5 (including the 4-inch Retina display and A6 processor) but in a new design that feel fresh.
The real news comes in the form of the iPhone 5S. Sure, it may look similar to last year’s model, but under the hood is a brand new A7 processor, bringing 64-bit architecture to the smartphone world. Apple claims 5x the speed over the previous generation. But of course, developers will have to catch up by compiling (and testing!) their apps in 64-bit. Additionally, the A7 processor brings new motion capabilities to the iPhone. The new higher-end device also brings an upgraded camera, with a larger sensor and the ability to shoot slow-motion video. Lastly, the much-rumored fingerprint sensor brings a new level of security to the iPhone. Gone are the days of simple passcodes, Apple has introduced Touch ID, a sensor that enables you to quickly sign into your device with your own finger.
Both devices (and all new iOS devices) come with iWork and iLife apps for free. Allowing users to not just consume but also create content on their iOS devices.
Of course, we can’t forget the biggest announcement of the day: iOS 7 is 8 days away. With fluid motions, a new UI, improved multitasking and over 1,500 APIs, iOS 7 will bring new features to users, and challenges to developers, be sure to check out our 7 iOS 7 Tips video and eBook to learn how you may be affected, and how to prepare.