Apple announced today that two new iPhones will be available for purchase on Sept. 20, and a new iOS 7 software upgrade will power numerous Apple devices after it becomes available to users on Sept. 18.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S today, a phone with a faster processor than the iPhone 5, which was originally released in September 2012. That phone will cost $649 without a wireless contract. Apple also pulled back the curtain on the iPhone 5C, which is a less expensive version of the iPhone 5, with a price of $99 for a 16 GB version, or $199 for a 32 GB version, each with a two-year wireless contract.
The announcements took place at a highly anticipated event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
The iPhone 5C will be available for pre-order from Apple on Sept. 13, but the company apparently will not allow pre-orders of the iPhone 5S before Sept. 20. To get the iPhone 5S, customers have to order online after that date or wait in what will likely be very long lines at brick and mortar stores. A representative from Apple could not be reached for comment.
The new iOS 7 will be available for download on Sept. 18 for users of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, the third and fourth generation iPads, the iPad mini and the fifth generation iPod Touch. A later update will make iOS 7 available for users of the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4, according to The Verge, which maintained a live blog of the event.
A statement from Apple called the iOS 7 "the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone." Developers have been able to access the iOS 7 software in beta mode since June, so new apps may surprise users once the operating system goes live.
The new features on the iOS 7 include AirDrop, which allows encrypted, peer-to-peer content sharing with people nearby who are on a user's contact lists.
The phones will be available in a wide range of colors, but the upgraded cameras on both phones and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on iPhone 5S are more notable than the increased processor speeds or the shiny colors, according to CNET, which maintained a live blog of the event complete with video commentary by its reporters.
The Touch ID sensor brings biometric security to the iPhone 5S, allowing users to unlock their phone using fingerprint recognition. This has implications that could weaken user privacy, but Apple said in a statement that fingerprint information is "never stored on Apple servers," the Guardian reports.