There were many rumors surrounding the Apple iPhone event. The majority of them dealt directly with the anticipated iPhones – the suggested 5S and 5C. A lot of interesting ideas and speculations had been suggested and expressed – from the most obvious to those unlikely to happen. The keynote itself was not groundbreaking – at least such was the initial impression. Everything we saw there was expected, with a small exception. Now we’d like to lead you through the roundup of rumors that were circulating around the web. Let’s see which of them came true and which were left behind.
YES: two iPhones
Just as it was expected, officially named iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The former has the design of its predecessor, while the latter has similar specs. Both will soon be launched with iOS 7 aboard. In fact, the whole keynote is about these two devices. Even the upcoming iOS 7 was mentioned just to supplement the story.
NO: iPhone 5C is a cheap iPhone
If compared to 5S, it’s a budget iPhone covered with polycarbonate shell. But it’s not so cheap as many of us expected. It’s slightly cheaper than the flasghip, yet its price is considerable (contract-free: $549 for 16GB, $649 for 32GB). To compare, prices of the 5S are $100 higher respectively. It’s cheaper but not cheap.
YES: iPhone 5C comes in colors
Leaked images showed us the truth. We have five colors: white, yellow, green, blue, pink. No purple or red. This is exactly what Apple hinted at by the tagline ‘This should brighten your day’. Nokia found this option resembling the variety of colors that the Lumia family offers and took an interesting jab at Apple on Twitter.
YES: iPhone 5S goes gold
There is finally the third color for the high-end smartphone – champagne (or call it gold). What’s liked about this option, there is no excessive glitter like in Vertu phones, everything is colored with simplicity and elegance.
NO: 128GB option
Unfortunately for music lovers and movie fans, there’s still no option of doubling the maximum iPhone capacity. At least music lovers who carry their whole music libraries in the pocket, still can have their classic iPods.
YES: fingerprint sensor
One of the most widely discussed features introduced in the new iPhones. It occupies the home button behind a layer of sapphire crystal. The whole feature is called Touch ID and it allows users to unlock the phone without entering passcodes.
Although it succeeded to raise some interest in the web, Near Field Communication remains a niche idea that still does not receive much practical use and importance. At least for Apple.
YES: next-generation chip
The 5S introduces A7 which makes it, as claimed by Apple, five times faster than iPhone 5 and 40 times faster than the very first iPhone. It is accompanied by another chip – so-called ‘motion coprocessor’ M7. Most of other improvements in the 5S are evolution rather than revolution, just like it was between iPhone 4 and 4S.
NO: a new iPad? An iPad mini with Retina display? A new iPod? Maybe iWatch?
None. The event was solely dedicated to the new iPhones. Everything that Apple is possibly preparing to show, will arrive later this year. iWatch, which has never been confirmed yet, shouldn’t be expected earlier than 2014 (if it ever arrives).
NO: something we didn’t expect
Perhaps there was just one pleasant bonus that wasn’t predictable (well, except Elvis Costello): 5 paid apps by Apple are free for the new iPhone buyers – the iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), iPhoto and iMovie. We can only wonder whether Apple has something else to show us. If it has, we have to wait for the next keynote. Now let us bide our time waiting for the release of iOS 7 on September 18.