The new Home button biometric scanner was creating buzz long before it was introduced. When Apple purchased AuthenTec last year (for over $350 million), rumors began to race through the online grapevine regarding what the tech giant might be up to. When the iPhone 5S was still just a rumor itself, many avid Apple followers were proclaiming the existence of a fingerprint scanner embedded in the device’s Home button. The buzz around the iPhone 5S hasn’t grown quieter since its introduction. Users are raving about the new Touch ID biometric sensor that has been incorporated into the Home button of the newest generation of iPhone. Here’s a look inside the newest Apple craze. Touch ID Increases Security After the introduction of the new generation
The big day has finally arrived! Apple’s media event today went off without a hitch and the company did indeed announce two new next-generation iPhones. Most of the rumors that have been circulating recently have been proven out. The iPhone 5S release today saw the advent of biometric security for the device, as well as the A7 64-bit CPU and the new champagne (gold) color option. This new paragon of smartphones is scheduled to hit stores on September 20th. Touch ID The iPhone 5S is the first smartphone to offer biometric security with a Touch ID sensor that allows the phone to be unlocked with just the touch of your fingertip. This is one of the most noticeable changes to the new generation of iPhones.
It looks like Apple’s newest version of its popular mobile operating system is ready to face the public, possibly being unveiled at the media event planned for September 10th. Currently, almost all iPhones and iPads are operating on iOS 6, the last version to be offered from the tech giant. Users are looking forward to the release of the new system because it means faster processing and new features to play with. Usage Varies by Device Type Chitika, an ad network, has recently posted its findings regarding iOS distribution among current iPhone and iPad devices. They found that iOS 6 is currently installed on approximately 92% of iPhones, with iPads lagging slightly behind at 82%. The older version of the system, iOS 5, barely accounts
Amazon may be in the process of figuring out how to offer their smartphones in a way that could make other smartphone providers (like Apple and Samsung) curl up their toes. The wildly popular online marketplace is rumored to be making preparations to offer their highly-anticipated smartphone to consumers for a very reasonable price – free! Amazon has designs on grabbing a valid share of the growing market for smartphones by undercutting the giants in the field. Forcing Competition Whether Amazon will actually offer its new smartphone for free remains to be seen. However, should the company succeed in luring consumers away from other smartphone makers by doing so, it could very well change the whole game in the smartphone field. If Amazon offers a
Apple’s Experimentation with Phablets There has been a definite trend among Apple’s competitors in recent years to provide their users with ever-expanding screens for their smartphones. Apple’s 4-inch screen for the iPhone looks positively puny in comparison to the offerings from Samsung, HTC and others. These larger smartphones have earned the moniker “phablet.” Apple has been conspicuously absent from the phablet arena, but that may be about to change. Sampling Screen Sizes Apple may be toying with the idea of giving the iPhone a larger screen, putting it in competition with Samsung’s Galaxy phablets and HTC’s One. These phablets feature large screens with resolution that rivals that of the iPhone 5’s screen that comes in at just four inches. The iPhone 5 can also still