Okay, I’m am an Apple person – in phone only. I don’t have a Macbook, and I still rock the iPhone 4 (not even 4S!). Everyone keeps asking me why I don’t upgrade to the 5, and I don’t really feel like spending more money, when my phone works fine thankyouverymuch. Anyway, I first heard about the new iPhone about 10 minutes ago when I wrote about Kim Kardashian’s importance in the post below (it’s sad, isn’t it?). Then I went on Huff Po, and sure enough – there it is. The new iPhones 5S, and 5C.
The iPhone 5C will be the “cheaper” version of the iPhone 5. It will come in new colors including, green, pink, light blue, gray and yellow. This phone will set you back $99 for 16GB or $199 for the 32. iPhone is also launching a high-end upgrade to their phone the 5S M7.
The M7 chip will measure motion and environmental information. the iPhone 5S will be the same price at the iPhone 5. The new 5S will come with a new feature known as “Touch ID.” Users will be able to teach the iPhone to recognize it’s user, as well as being able to make purchases through your fingerprint.
The new phones will be available September 20. Apple announced the new phones just a couple hours ago.
OK – are you not freaked out by the thought of using your fingerprint to identify you AND to purchase things?? Apple insists the fingerprints will only be stored on your phone (and not in their database or cloud) – but COME ON PEOPLE…. I’m no Snowdon, but of course they’ll be stored! It freaks me out to think that Apple is going to have access to everyone’s fingerprints (believe what you want). The ‘Cloud’ feature already freaks me out. I don’t like having the “Cloud” know and store all my info. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you…and Apple’s in on it.
We’re headed for a Gattaca world, I tell you. What’s next?
Here’s more on the fingerprint technology:
Apple has invested some money in fingerprint sensor technology, having acquired the fingerprint firm AuthenTec last summer for an estimated $356 million. This gives the company the opportunity to shore up its reputation on security — a point that’s important with business customers. It could also potentially spur a boom in the world of biometric sensors, which have failed to catch a foothold in the larger consumer electronics market in the past.
Yet as Apple and other firms continue to compete on high-tech features and eye the emerging wearables market, it would behoove the company to establish itself as a leader once more.
Who’s with me!?