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Commentary: iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c not new, just repetitive

The iPhone 5s is set to release Sept. 20 and come in colors black, gold and silver. Credit: Courtesy of MCT

The iPhone 5s is set to release Sept. 20 and come in colors black, gold and silver.
Credit: Courtesy of MCT

After the official unveiling of the new iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c Tuesday, people signaled their disappointment on the Internet.

Apple geeks and tech blogs mocked it. CNET, a site that reviews and distributes news on tech products, published an article yesterday afternoon titled “Five Disappointing Things about the iPhone 5s,” and called Apple’s phone “its least innovative yet.” A parody on Youtube is going around from a user introducing the iPhone 5s and mocking the customers who would actually buy a phone that they think isn’t very innovative. The iPhone 5c, which is a less expensive version of the iPhone 5, didn’t get as nasty a backlash, but the makers of the YouTube video called it “a cheap plastic phone” and said that it was available just so everyone could get an iPhone.

However despite the backlash, there has been some excitement over the new products, mostly for its new colors. The 5s comes in black, gold and silver, while the 5c comes in five colors: pink, green, blue, yellow and white.

The iPhone 5s does have some cool features. Users can unlock phones with their fingerprints. The fingerprints will be stored on the iPhone itself, and will not be uploaded to iCloud, Apple released in a statement.

Apple representatives announced the lock feature will hopefully make it harder for thieves to take the phone, since passwords are easy to hack. Motorola released the Atrix 4G with fingerprint technology in 2011, but the phone was more popular for its screen and its dual core processor than for its fingerprint technology. Who wants to have their finger scanned every time they need to check when the next bus is coming?

The 5s has 250 hours of standby use while the iPhone 5 has 225, so there isn’t that much more battery life. There is a new processor, called the A7, which could be up to twice as fast as the current A6 processor on the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5c is basically the iPhone 5, but instead of a metal case it comes in a plastic one. Pricing starts at $99 for 16 GB.

The new iPhones are set to release Sept. 20, and the new iPhone iOS7 programming will open to all iPhone users on Sept. 18. The iOS7 is more exciting than the phone itself. It looks much cleaner and more minimalist than the old design. For example, texts on an iPhone that had black lines around the speech bubbles now are simple blue and white bubbles with text in them — no lines.

Bottom line: The new iPhones aren’t innovative, though there are some new technologies I hope they expand on, like the motion processor and iOS7. Anything else isn’t needed.

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