Apple today put us out of our misery by announcing the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that both phones are launching starting September 20. As usual, it's not a worldwide launch. So which countries are getting the new iPhones on launch day?
Apple PR says that the iPhone 5S will hit the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20. This is the first time China has gotten the iPhone on launch day, and the phone's presence of Japan's NTT DoMoCo is also a first. Apple streamed today's event live in Beijing and Tokyo (but nowhere else), and this sheds some light on why. Apple is promising availability in over 100 countries by December of this year.
No word on international pricing just yet, but Apple is selling the iPhone 5C for $99/$199 (16 GB/32 GB) with a two year contract. The iPhone 5S will start at $199 for the 16 GB model, while the 32 GB and 64 GB models will sell for $299 and $399, respectively.
As far as specs are concerned, the iPhone 5C is more than decent for its category. The iPhone 5C will run on Apple's A6 SoC and features a 4-inch retina display, integrated touch, full sRGB, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, a new Facetime HD camera with improved low-light functionality, dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, more LTE bands than any other phone, and is available in pink, yellow, green, blue and white. The iPhone 5S packs Apple's new A7 SoC and is the world's first 64-bit phone. It also features fingerprint authentication in the form of Touch ID, as well as an improved camera.
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