Apple launches iPhone with fingerprint scanner as well as budget 5C handset

Apple unveiled its first budget iPhone as it revealed a new futuristic device which features a fingerprint reader - read on for the full story...

10 Sep 2013


The latest Apple launch was a bit like waiting for a bus, you spend ages waiting for a new iPhone then two arrive at the same time.

At an event in California Apple launched two new iPhones - a budget handset in a range of colours and a new flagship device boasting a futuristic fingerprint scanner.

Apple I Phone 5C

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Apple says the budget 5C handset promises to be "more fun and more colourful" than any iPhone yet. The tech giant unveiled the new budget model alongside an upgraded top-end iPhone 5S which boasts a fingerprint sensor to unlock the device and put an end to the days of fumbling around with passwords.

In the run up to the event at Apple's Cupertino HQ, the rumour mill was in overdrive about the new budget phone, and now we can tell you all about it.

Chief executive Tim Cook promised the gadget would come with "all the great technology that customers have loved with the iPhone 5".

People who've long-craved an iPhone with a splash of colour will be able to choose from blue, white, pink, yellow, and green.

I Phone 5C With Case

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The 5C costs 99 US dollars (£63) over a two-year contract or 736 US dollars ( £469) as a one-off payment.

Meanwhile, Cook described the iPhone 5S as "the most forward-thinking phone we have ever created" - no pressure there then.

The new flagship device boasts a faster chip designed by Apple, and was dubbed the "gold standard in smartphones" during the launch.

It's the first time Apple has launched two different handsets at the same time.

Anyone who's had half an eye on the tech press will know there have been numerous leaks and rumours about both the iPhone 5C and 5S.

The 5S has also had a colour shake-up, coming in gold as well as silver and slate grey. Apple's Philip Schiller said it delivers "desktop-class architecture to the palm of your hand". 

The Apple chiefs made much of the inclusion of the A7 processor, while fitness freaks will also be pleased to find a feature which continously keeps track of motion - great for apps to keep you fit.

I Phone 5S

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People who love taking 'selfies' with their phone will also find the new iPhone 5S boasts a sensor that's 15% larger than on previous models. Selfies are often taken in clubs and out and about, and the new sensor should deliver better results in low light. 

But it's the fingertip scanner we've all been waiting to see, and Schiller didn't disappoint there either. Named Touch ID, the scanner provides a "secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger". 

A high-resolution image of your fingerprint is taken which is nestled safely behind a laser-cut sapphire, with Apple saying it can provide "accurate readings from any angle". The sensor is built into the home button - the phone's main button, with the firm saying the encrypted data will never be stored on its servers.  

It's not just about unlocking your phone though: the technology will also help you securely purchase books and music from Apple's online marketplace. 

Aside from the fingerprint scanner, people can look forward to a phone which launches apps, edits photos and does pretty much everything faster than previous models. 
The 5S will be available in the UK in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, which are expected to be set you back £549, £629 and £709 respectively. 
The new iPhones go on sale in the US, UK, China, Australia and Canada among other countries on 20 September.
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