Apple Announces iPhone 5C, 5S, and Fingerprint Sensor

September 10, 2013

2:11 pm

Today in Cupertino, Apple announced two new iPhones, the 5C and 5S, to be released on September 20.

The iPhone 5S will be available in silver, gold, and “space gray” (i.e., black). And now, you’ll be able to unlock the phone with a fingerprint sensor in the home button called Touch ID, instead of a passcode. You’ll also be able to make purchases this way. To facilitate the sensor, the home button will have a silver stainless steel ring around it.

The 5C will feature a hard-coated plastic back available in green, white, blue, pink, and yellow. You can add a colored external case to create a two-colored look.

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The 5C is priced at $99 (16 GB) and $199 (32 GB) with a two-year contract, and colored cases cost $29. The 5S on contract is priced at $199 (16 GB), $299 (32 GB), and $399 (64 GB).

iOS 7 will be released on September 18 and will work with the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini, and the 5th generation iPod Touch. Among other things, it features a new-and-improved Siri, and a camera app that groups photos into moments based on location.

The price of the old iPhone 5 won’t be lowered, and the 4S will continue to be sold.

Photos via CNET 

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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