Apple live blog: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s and iOS 7

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  • Ive concludes: "Touch ID defines the next step of how you use your iPhone. Making something as important as security so effortless, so simple. We believe that technology is at it's very best, at its most empowering, when it simply disappears."
  • Danny Riccio, SVP of hardware design, adds: "All fingerprint information is encrypted and stored inside the secure enclave in our new A7 chip. Here, it is locked away from everything else, accessible only by the Touch ID sensor. It's never available to other software, and never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud."All about the new iPhones Want more detail about the new iPhone 5c and 5s? Check out our information here.
  • "This care, this consideration, extends to how we protect all of the important information you carry with you on your iPhone. It's what led us to create Touch ID."
  • iPhone 5s video now up on Apple site: "iPhone 5s is our most refined iPhone to date," Ive states. "It is meticulously designed, engineered and crafted. But it's the remarkable innovation inside the iPhone 5s that sets a new precedent. It's not just rampant technology's sake - every single component, every process has been considered and measured to make sure that it's truly useful and that it actually enhances the user's experience."
  • "We believe the iPhone is an experience. An experience is defined by hardware and software working harmoniously together. We continue to refine that experience, dramatically blurring the boundaries between the two, making it more powerful, more intuitive and, ultimately, more useful. iPhone 5c is beautifully, unapologetically, plastic...I think it's quite remarkable when something feels familiar and yet it's new at the same time. That's the iPhone 5c. It's the vivid realisation of hardware and software together in one device." Apple has posted an iPhone 5c video on its website, just this minute. "The iPhone 5c is in many ways the distillation of what many people love about the iPhone 5. It's simpler, more essential, yet it's more capable and certainly more colourful," says Jony Ive.
  • And we're done. No iPhone 6. Just yet anyway. But some good stuff coming nonetheless.

iPhone 5s is our most refined iPhone to date. It is meticulously designed, engineered and crafted.

  • Looks like the iPhone 5 has been discontinued (the slide showed the 4S 8GB next to the iPhone 5c and 5s but no sign of the orginal iPhone 5). RIP.
  • Pre-orders of the iPhone 5c open up next Friday (the 13th, eek!) and the devices will go on sales in the UK and US on 20th September. Austrailia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore users will also benefit from that availability date. And, by the end of the year, the iPhone 5c will be available in 100 countries, supported by more than 270 network carriers.
  • There are a range of cases too, in different colours, that will set you back $39.
  • All about the money... The new iPhone 5s will cost you $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB (all on a two-year US contract).
  • And... the sensor will be located in the new home button, which is constructed of four layers (a tactile switch sits behind the Touch ID sensor, with the stainless steel detection ring and then a laser-cut sapphire crystal on the outside). Time for a quick demo.
  • It'll have a capacitive sensor; 170 microns thin; 500 ppi resolution; will scan sub-epidermal skin layers and has 360-degree readability.
  • Moving onto security. Whoop - Touch ID.
  • Now details about the flash. It's adjustable with different colour modes ranging from 'candle flame' to 'outdoor sky' (Wonder if they have a not-summer-in-the-UK-grey?). There will be more than 1,000 unique flash variations. HD capture is pretty nifty (720p at 120 fps).
  • There's a host of goodies on offer here: Better aperture (f 2.2) and pixels are now 1.5 microns. Apple says "Bigger pixels = better picture."
  • Now the camera. Let's get snap-happy.
  • 3G talk time (10 hours); 3G browsing (8 hours); LTE browsing (10 hours); Wi-Fi browsing (10 hours); video playback (10 hours); music playback (40 hours); standby (250 hours).
Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.