The new iPhone has been announced by Apple, together with a cheaper model. There are no surprises as to the look, design or iOS 7, but we do have some interesting titbits.
The new fingerprint reading home button is official and Apple showed it off at the launch event. The company demonstrated functionality for unlocking and buying stuff through iTunes. Cool, but what about third-party apps? We can imagine all sorts of neat uses not limited to buying stuff. For the time being, however, the authentication functionality is off-limits. The functionality is not being opened to developers initially.
Apple has also laid claim to a world first: 64-bit processing inside a real, ready-for-sale smartphone. According to Apple, the new A7 processor will power the iPhone 5s with a “desktop-class architecture” consisting of over 1 billion transistors. That’s twice as many transistors as were squeezed into the A6 and, for the sake of context, it’s not a million miles away from the 1.4 billion transistors found in a current Intel Ivy Bridge desktop-class PC chip. Scary thought.
The general public has to wait until September 18th to get their hands on the final, non-beta version of iOS 7, but developers can get look at what’s in store for that release starting today. Apple has just released the final version, or golden master, of iOS 7 though the usual dev channels. Expectedly, it’s compatible with the iPhone 4 and later, as well as the iPad mini, iPad 2 and up, and the 5th-generation iPod touch.
For more coverage of the new Apple devices, stay tuned.
Source: The Verge