The iPhones 5S and 5C hit stores today, each featuring a variety of modifications, including the long-awaited iOS7 software update.
As expected, customers will be paying top dollar for the latest line technology. With a contract, the 16 GB 5C costs $100, while the 5S runs for $200. Without a contract, buyers could shell out as much as $850 for the premium 64 GB 5s.
Chesaning senior Nick Novak said the price is well worth the newest smartphone experience. The IT technician will be among the many purchasing the iPhone 5S.
“I was going to buy the iPhone 5,” Novak said. “But if I’m going to make a purchase like this, I want to wait for the latest and greatest product to come out.”
The iPhone 5S and 5C will replace last year’s iPhone 5, which will be completely phased out of Apple’s product line.
Flat design and simplicity of use are among Novak’s primary reasons for purchasing the iPhone 5S.
“I’m a sucker for design, and they’ve done leaps and bounds for it with this phone,” he said.
The new iOS7 software, which will also be available to iPhone 4, 4S and 5 users for free, gives iPhones one of the most aesthetically enticing interfaces of any mobile device.
“They’ve adopted a flat design with their software, and it equates to a simpler interface,” Novak said.
One of the most anticipated new features of the 5s is the Touch ID, a fingerprint identity sensor used for unlocking the phone. Users can now skip the soon-to-be outdated four digit passcode and use their fingerprint instead for easier access.
Mount Pleasant graduate student Dan Abbey recently downloaded the software to his phone and has been happy with how much simpler and cleaner it operates.
“They’ve taken a minimalist approach with it,” Abbey said. “Both the software and the actual phone are more visually pleasing and easier to use.”
Some critics, including Hudsonville senior Steven Hall, believe Apple has fallen short with innovation for their new line of products.
“Apple always thinks they’ve made the greatest leap in innovation when they release a new product,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with the new iPhones, but there’s nothing special about them, either.”
Weight and dimension remain virtually unchanged, as does the familiar four-inch retina display, which lags behind competitors like the HTC One and Galaxy S4 in both size and resolution.
The iPhone 5S will be offered in silver, space gray and gold finishes, whereas the 5C will come in white, pink, yellow, blue and green.
McBain senior Kory Quist sees a lot of similarities in the iPhone 5S compared with the iPhone 5.
“To me, it’s pretty much the same product, but it’s been a long time coming on the color,” Quist said. “I don’t know why it took so long, but it should help Apple distinguish from the black and white Androids.”
Hall agreed the iOS7 software will serve as a considerable improvement, but said he will always be a loyal Android user.
“My Android is open-source, which means I can customize all I want and pretty much do anything with my phone,” Hall said. “Apple offers absolutely no customization opportunities.”
Despite some criticism, Novak anticipates the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be well received.
“Apple has such a large base of customers that people will always be buying their products,” he said.