Apple announced the release of two new iPhone designs on Tuesday: the iPhone 5C, a lower-end plastic model that starts at just $100, and the iPhone 5S, a higher-end model with new features like a fingerprint sensor and a motion chip. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
As predicted, Apple unveiled not one, but two new iPhones at a press conference on Tuesday.
"The business has become so large, that this year we're going to replace the iPhone 5, and we're gonna replace it with not one, but two new designs," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The first design is the lower-end iPhone 5C, which comes in five colors and is made of hard-coated polycarbonate material.
According to Apple, the phone is unapologetically made of plastic.
It is very similar to an iPhone 5 in terms of features and power, but will start at just $100 with a two year contract.
The second design is the iPhone 5S, a higher-end model with a few brand new features.
Most notably, the home button at the bottom of the phone will double as a fingerprint sensor, so that users can quite possibly never have to type in a password again.
"You can simply touch the home button to unlock your phone, and it's something that's a joy to do all day, everyday, and leave on always. And since it's built in, the team's also figured out how to use it to make iTunes purchases," said Phil Schiller from Apple.
Apple is quick to point out that a user's fingerprint image is saved only on their phone.
It is never uploaded to any servers or clouds, so that others can potentially access it.
The 5S is also much more powerful. It has a motion chip inside to keep better 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 to better match the room.
The iPhone 5S, which will come in three colors, will start around $200 with a two year service contract.
Pre-orders on both phones open on September 13, and they'll start hitting customers' hands on the September 20.