Apple iPhone 5c/5s launch reaction

iPhone 5c not as cheap as expected, but fingerprint scanner makes an appearance in the 5s.

All the leaks leading up to the this year's iPhone launch proved to be accurate as Apple launched two smartphones at its annual event in the US the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.

As usual, the launch generated buzz around the world as Apple fans eagerly waited to find out what CEO Tim Cook and his team had been working on.

Not so cheap

The iPhone 5c was expected to be a "cheap" handset, but the pricing unveiled wasn't budget. Apple revealed that the 16GB device would be available for an upfront fee of $99 (16GB) or $199 (32GB) if you take out a two-year contract. UK-specific contract pricing is yet to be announced but it can be expected to be similar to this.

Those hoping they would be able to snag a SIM-free iPhone 5c for a reasonable amount were left scratching their heads at the 469 starting price.

This high price shouldn't be too much of a surprise to those familiar with Apple. The firm has adopted a strategy to provide a premium experience across its product line, and it distances itself from the "budget" label at all costs.

With a 4in Retina Display, 8-megapixel camera, iOS 7 and 1080p recording capabilities, the iPhone 5c should have enough features to make it an attractive purchase for those who can't quite justify splashing out on the iPhone 5s.

Fingerprint magnet

The most interesting feature of the high-end iPhone 5s is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the home button, which was predicted prior to the announcement.

Dubbed "Touch ID" this shows Apple is seriously trying to eliminate the need for traditional passwords. It's a brave move as fingerprint readers have been around for years and haven't yet been able to replace passwords on machines such as laptops.

However, Apple has previously had success in phasing out what it feels to be legacy technology. Cupertino was the first mainstream manufacturer to ditch optical drives from its MacBook and desktop products something other manufacturers only did when it was clear the world was ready for digital content.

For Touch ID to succeed the most important factor will be reliability. The system will be dependent on the durability of the sensor on the home button. If Apple can avoid teething problems, then it could be onto a winner, especially when it comes to attracting enterprise users.

Although the iPhone 5s is the more exciting of the two devices, ultimately the lower cost of the 5c could make it a more popular device. Whichever handset Apple fans opt for, come 20 September, there will no doubt be lengthy queues at Apple stores around the world.

Twitter reactions the iPhone 5c/5s

Our resident News Editor, Caroline Donnelly wasn't too impressed with the iPhone 5c, but analysts were generally positive about the launch.

The iPhone 5c looks a little Fisher Price to me #iphone5

Caroline Donnelly (@CarrotyD) September 10, 2013

A lot of work went into the Touch ID sensor and rightly so as this has to work flawlessly not to put users off. #apple

carolina milanesi (@caro_milanesi) September 10, 2013

the iPhone 5c is not as cheap as I thought after all but I believe it opens the window for a new era at Apple. Competitors should be worried

Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) September 10, 2013

By introducing a new iPhone model, rather than re-purposing the iPhone 5, Apple is being more aggressive with its portfolio

Ian Fogg (@ianfogg42) September 10, 2013

Featured Resources

2021 Thales access management index: Global edition

The challenges of trusted access in a cloud-first world

Free download

Transforming higher education for the digital era

The future is yours

Free download

Building a cloud-native, hybrid-multi cloud infrastructure

Get ready for hybrid-multi cloud databases, AI, and machine learning workloads

Free download

The next biggest shopping destination is the cloud

Know why retail businesses must move to the cloud

Free Download

Recommended

Apple reportedly slashes iPhone 13 production due to chip crisis
components

Apple reportedly slashes iPhone 13 production due to chip crisis

13 Oct 2021
Apple expected to unveil MacBook Pro revamp at 18 October event
Laptops

Apple expected to unveil MacBook Pro revamp at 18 October event

13 Oct 2021
Apple iPad (2021) review: The best entry-level iPad
tablets

Apple iPad (2021) review: The best entry-level iPad

12 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Veritas Backup Exec 21.3 review: Covers every angle
backup software

Veritas Backup Exec 21.3 review: Covers every angle

14 Oct 2021
HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Network & Internet

HPE wins networking contract with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

15 Oct 2021