Week in Tech: Apple cooks up double iPhone launch

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From fanatical fans to solidified haters, everyone wants to know what Tim Cook’s been food preparation. And this month, he’s primarily been food preparation … fingers!

Yes, this week’s big news is the launch of not one, but 2 brand-new iPhones: the iPhone 5C, which is essentially an iPhone 5 in a vibrantly colored plastic body, and the iPhone 5S, which presents a brand-new processor, a new co-processor and a finger print sensor.

Two phone trick

First up, the iPhone 5C. It’s ‘a less expensive iPhone, not an economical iPhone’, states our smartphone sensei Gareth Beavis, and that difference is essential: ‘With the iPhone 5C Apple’s made a phone that feels so different to the iPhone 5S that buyers will not feel like they are purchasing a rubbish variation of that device.’

Apple cooks up double iPhone launch

Where the iPhone 5C is fun and cool, the iPhone 5S promises a more sober experience: while it doesn’t look dissimilar to the iPhone 5, it boasts a substantially improved camera, a faster processor and a brand-new ‘motion co-processor’, the Apple M7. As Beavis describes, ‘The M7 chip basically takes the place of the FuelBand from Nike, enabling the iPhone 5S to monitor the gyroscope, accelerometer and compass without interrupting the primary chip.’

The iPhone FIVE’s fingerprint sensor has currently led to ecstatic paper headings about stolen severed fingers and conspiracy theory concepts about it sending your biometric information to the NSA (it doesn’t: your print data is kept on the system, and it is not published to anything). Is it the future? David Nield reckons it just may be.

‘With its tight iTunes integration, you’ll have the ability to get brand-new apps, films and songs without having to enter your Apple password each time. Further down the line we might see Apple embedding the technology in iCloud, on your Mac and even in high road retailers to let you prove you’re who you say you are. From there, it’s apparent how the principle could reach banking or mobile repayments (think Passbook, for example).’

‘The iPhone is a phone developed to give the very best mix of power, elegance and efficiency,’ Gareth says. ‘The iPhone 5S has actually taken that message and improved on it again.’

If you ‘d like to understand exactly how it compares with the iPhone 5C, Dean Evans has the information right here – and if you can’t manage or don’t want either, always remember that you’ll be able to offer your iPhone or iPad a whole brand-new lease of life on the September 18 when iOS 7 finally ships. We’ve all the information, naturally, and you’ll discover them right here.

Fanning the flames

Apple cooks up double iPhone launch

Sometimes there’s nothing funner (Apple’s word, not ours) than a flame war – and this week, TechRadar is in the unusual situation of having begun a flame war with itself, providing seven reasons why you are going to enjoy the iPhone 5S and afterwards 7 reasons you are going to hate it. As F Scott Fitzgerald when composed: ‘Boo! But also, yay!’*

Apple hadn’t been the only news today, although as ever it did dominate the headlines. We likewise saw a ton of new Computers and ultra-portables unveiled at the IDF conference, and Intel flaunted its most current, greatest Atom processors, also called Bay Trail. As Dan Grabham discusses, ‘Bay Trail will obviously slot in underneath the Haswell-generation Core i3, i5 and i7.’

Remember Yahoo? It may not have regained its crown as Queen of All Internets, but it’s got a new logo design and its user numbers are up 20 % since July 2012. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is in it for the long run: she reckons it will take 3 or more years to obtain to ‘a favorable place’. It’s always nice to end on a positive note, so let us give Yahoo a yahoo.

* Fitzgerald in fact composed: ‘The test of a top-notch intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the exact same time, and still maintain the ability to work.’ We like our version much better.