Earlier today, Tim Cook introduced the new iPhone to those in attendance of Apple’s annual media event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. For the first time, Apple premiered not one, but two different iPhone models. The first model, the iPhone 5c, is a less expensive version of the iPhone. In previous years, Apple reduced the price of the prior year’s iPhone as an economical solution. This year they are completely removing the iPhone 5 from their lineup, and instead are releasing an iPhone 5c as the cheaper alternative. The iPhone 5C is a uni-body polycarbonate (plastic version of the iPhone 5) smartphone, manufactured in a range of colors (blue, red, yellow, green, white), and sporting virtually identical internals as the iPhone 5. The 5c will be available in 16GB or 32GB, and will be priced at $100 and $200, respectively.
New iPhone 5s Features
Both the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s will be installed with Apple’s updated operations system, iOS 7. The new software will bring a variety of new features to the iPhone including several that up until now, were only available in Android phones. Apple followed their iPhone 5c documentation with a presentation of their new flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5s. Below is a list of some of our favorite new features:
- A7 Chip – The new iPhone 5s will contain the new A7 chip, the first 64-bit chip on a smartphone. iOS 7 will run 64-bit and 32-bit apps. The A7 chip will allow the CPU of the 5s to run up to 40 times as fast as the original iPhone and the graphics to run up to 56 times as fast. 5s will run Open GL|ES 3.0, the most advanced mobile graphics interface. A faster phone is better, and I suspect the new iOS 7 will operate smoother with the A7 chip.
- Touch ID – The iPhone 5s home button now includes a Touch ID capacitive sensor which reads your fingerprint to unlock your phone and download apps. You won’t need to enter a four digit pin number every time you want to use your phone or download a new app from the App Store. The scanner instantly reads your finger print when you click the home button. This will surely make the phones usability easier, and will secure your phone from anyone who tries to steal it.
Is It Worth It To Upgrade?
There will always be new technology advances that will out-date every single phone at some point or another. While the iPhone 5S is the newest device from Apple, I can promise you there will be another one in a year from now. Realistically, the new iPhone 5S does not include features that you can’t live without. The previous iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 5 will all receive the iOS 7 update. However, technology enthusiasts, Apple fanatics, and myself included believe it is worth spending the money on the upgrade. While I am excited for the new features, my main reason for upgrading is to move up to the 64 GB phone. The 32GB model isn’t cutting it anymore; I need more storage for my music, pictures, videos, and apps. The faster phone, improved camera, and fingerprint security are all bonuses.
Sell Your Current Phone
If you’re like me, you’ll want to have the newest iPhone on the market. Therefore, you’ll want to look into selling your iPhone for the most value. Websites like eBay and Craigslist are a quick way to sell your phone to someone else. Check out my used cell phone seller’s guide for more details. I recommend you act quickly if you plan to sell your used iPhone. The sooner you sell your phone, the more money you’ll get for it.
The new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s will be available for sale on September 20th; as this date gets closer, the value of old iPhones continues to depreciate. If you are planning to upgrade to a new iPhone, get the most value out of your old device – Gazelle is offering consumers the opportunity to lock in today’s price for their previous model iPhones or other devices until 11:59 p.m. ET tonight. If you lock in your price today you will have until October 15th to send it in. Gazelle is currently offering between $125 for a broken phone and $350 for a phone in flawless condition. With the sale price of the new iPhone 5c set at $99 with a 2 year contract, you can trade in your broken iPhone, get the new release, and still have some money left over for a case of beer and groceries! Of course you can get more money selling your phone on eBay, but Gazelle makes the process quicker and easier. Check out our Gazelle review for our personal experience with their trade-in program.