iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

The India pricing for Apple’s latest iPhones has been revealed. The devices will hit store shelves on October 25, just in time for the holiday shopping.

iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

iPhone 5s 16GB priced at Rs. 53,500, iPhone 5c at Rs. 41,900 in India

Apple’s flagship smartphones, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will launch in India on October 25. The iPhone 5s is priced at Rs. 53,500 for the 16GB model, Rs. 62,500 for the 32GB model and Rs 71,500 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 5c is priced at Rs. 41,900 for the 16GB model and Rs. 53,500 for the 32GB model. The two smartphones will be available contract free in India but will also be sold by Airtel and R Com. Both the service providers claim that they will offer attractive data and talk plans with the two devices.

Apple had earlier revealed that the iPhones would launch in India along with other countries on November 1. The smartphones are launching five days earlier than announced.

The iPhone 5s is the flagship of the two devices. The hardware powering the smartphone has been upgraded when compared to the previous generation along with the camera, flash and a new finger print scanner. The smartphone is available in three colours – white, black and gold.

The iPhone 5s brings with it a slew of features, some, which we appreciate, and some, which we don’t.

The iPhone 5c on the other hand is available in a number of colours and “c” in the name doesn’t stand for cheap but Colour. The device has the same internal specifications as the iPhone 5, which has been discontinued by Apple. The 5c is a heavier and thicker smartphone than the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The iPhone has seen a number of changes since it was first launched back in 2007. You can take a look atthe evolution of the iPhone to see how much the smartphone has changed from its first iteration over the years.

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

With iOS 7 now available for iPhone users, we have been getting queries asking if there has been any performance impact, negative or positive, after the upgrade to the latest OS. We attempt to answer those questions with the help of benchmarks.

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Benchmark performance: iOS 6 vs iOS 7 on the iPhone 5

Apple has made iOS 7 officially available now for the iPhones, the iPad and the latest generation iPod Touch. There are the fans, and there are those criticizing it, but one thing cannot be disputed – this is the biggest iOS upgrade in years. The changes are significant, with the most visible one being the new UI. Hence, the inevitable question – how is the performance of the new OS?

Users have been asking us this query for quite some time now, but we refrained from pronouncing any judgement on iOS 7’s performance while it was in the various pre-launch stages. However, now that the final version is out, we have run a series of benchmark tests on the iPhone 5 running the iOS 6.1.4 version, before upgrading OTA to iOS 7 and running the same benchmarks again, after checking for any updates for them, individually.

To ensure that no benchmark run had any advantage or disadvantage, all the tests across both OSes were run on the same device, with the exact same settings. We even ensured that something like Bluetooth was switched off at all times. The applications installed remained consistent across all benchmark runs, on both iOS versions. We manually closed all apps that were running in the background, so that the app load didn’t have a bearing on the performance and the resources. For the browser benchmark tests, we hooked up the phone to the same Wi-Fi network, with no other device connected to the hotspot at that time.

  

To break it down even further, we have subdivided the tests into categories – system performance, graphics performance and web browser performance.

System Performance: Better memory handling makes the difference
The Passmark Mobile Performance Test registers a lower system score in iOS 7, but critically, better read and write scores for both the internal storage as well as the memory. This is critical, because for most tasks that don’t need raw processor power, the read and write speeds make all the difference between smooth performance and a sluggish setup. The CPU score also goes up with iOS 7, showing that the new OS is ever so slightly better optimized. We mention that the overall system score goes down, but that could be a factor of the graphics tests that the benchmark runs, which we will not pay much attention to since we have dedicated graphics benchmark tests coming up.

Passmark Performance Test Mobile
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
System Score 3932 3603 -8
CPU Score 24922 25418 2
Disk Score 13154 13480 2
Read (in Mbyte/s) 44.9 44 -2
Write (in Mbyte/s) 157 164 4
Memory Score 2998 3295 10
Read (in Mbyte/s) 517 566 9
Write (in Mbyte/s) 509 569 12
2D Score 1641 1250 24
3D Score 1756 1762 -0.34

The second system test, GeekBench, also verifies what PassMark says about the better processor performance, with the multi-core utilization tests showing up a higher score than on iOS 6.

GeekBench
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Single Core Score 722 722 0.00
Multi-Core Score 1298 1302 -0.31

Graphics Performance: Improves slightly 
While not everyone likes to game on their iPhone, there are those who do. And they were served rather well by the very smooth performance and experience that iOS 6 offered with this particular hardware. After the iOS 7 upgrade, the 3D Mark Ice Storm and the 3D Mark Ice Storm Ultimate benchmark tests register slightly better scores, while the Ice Storm Extreme score remains the same. Simply put, the excellent exiting performance via iOS 6 improves even further with the new operating system.

3D Mark
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Ice Storm 5418 6011 11
Ice Storm Extreme 3351 3351 0.00
Ice Storm Ultimate 5516 5711 4

GFX Benchmark did give a slightly different analysis, with one test registering pretty much the same frames and fps scores, while the the second test saw a drop in both frames and fps.

GFX Bench
iOS 6.1.4 iOS 7 % Difference
Egypt HD (Offscreen) – Frames 3357 3358 0.3
Egypt HD (Offscreen) – fps 30 30 0.00
Egypt HD (Onscreen) – Frames 4572 4185 -8
Egypt HD (Onscreen) – fps 40 37 -8

Browser Test: Safari sees an improvement, mostly visual elements
The SunSpider 1.01 browser benchmark shows slightly better performance, in terms of Java performance. And for a web browser, even negligible differences can sometimes make lot of difference, and in this case, it seems to be working.

Sunspider 1.01 
Safari on iOS 6.1.4 Safari on iOS 7
Score (lower is better) 729.1ms 707.7ms

From the scores, it is clear that the performance difference between iOS 6 and iOS 7, at least on the iPhone 5 hardware, is not much. Critically, it shows a very slight improvement in areas like memory and storage access speeds, which make for an improvement in the overall speed and experience. All in all, you can safely upgrade your iPhone to the latest OS, with no fear of a performance drop, at least on the iPhone 5.

Have you updated you iPhone or iPad or the latest iPod Touch with iOS 7? We would like to hear your experience.

Source: http://www.thinkdigit.com/Mobiles-PDAs/Benchmark-performance-iOS-6-vs-iOS-7_17646.html

 

iPhone 5S User Guide has ‘Touch ID Sensor’

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone 5C model at a press event on September 10, 2013. This new smartphone may look like just another iPhone but it’s more than that.

iphone 5s gold

iphone 5s gold

The new iPhone appears to have a combination “Home button/Touch ID sensor”. Leaked images of new iPhone indicate the location of the “Lightning connector”, “Silver ring around home button”, “Volume buttons”, and “Sleep/Wake button.” image

The new smartphone is also expected to have an improved display for “increased brightness and/or reduced power consumption. It’s been reported that smartphone would have a Retina + Sharp IGZO display.

According to the leaked specs, the smartphone will include a faster processor iOS 7, an NFC reader, a Fingerprint Reader, a 4-inch 1136 × 640 display and a new 12 megapixel backside camera with dual LED flash. The new handset will also include 2GB of RAM, a quad-core SGX 554MP4 GPU, an A6 CPU and improved LTE. It also has a bigger battery than its predecessor.

It’s well known that one of the key battlegrounds of smartphone warfare is the specifications of the on-board camera. And as per reports, Apple will launch the 5S with a 13MP camera to give tough competition to other smartphone’s like Sony Xperia Z and Galaxy S4.

Leaked images have been surfacing all over the internet and show that iPhone would be offered in several color choices. There are many speculations about the smartphone hardware as iPhone 5C would be introduced as a less expensive alternative. As per reports, the shell or casing of this smartphone will be plastic, to save money.

Other leaked images have focused on the new (and still rumoured) champagne gold iPhone 5s option. Some of the latest images show the champagne gold option with the rumoured dual-flash.

The new iPhone is expected to land in stores around 20th September.

Apple iPhone 5S out on 10 Sept: What are the rumour mills saying?

Apple’s next version of the iPhone, which has been dubbed the iPhone 5S in the press, is likely to be released on 10 September according to a report by AllThingsD. The date is seen as pretty much accurate, given that the last iPhone came out on 12 September.

So what are we expecting from the iPhone 5s?

Fingerprint scannerAccording to a report by MacRumors, which quoted reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 5S may include a sapphire-covered convex home button housing a fingerprint sensor.

Kuo has a strong track record in terms of its ability to predict features of the iPhone in the past and according to Ming’s analysis, Apple’s newconvex home button creates space for fingerprint sensor.

He is quoted as saying: A convex home button could be more easily scratched, so a harder material is required. We believe Apple will switch from plastic to sapphire, whose hardness is second only to diamond. Sapphire would protect the home button from being scratched and the fingerprint sensor from being damaged. 

What will Tim Cook reveal on 10 Sept? AP

What will Tim Cook reveal on 10 Sept? File photo from AP

Do note that Apple also purchased Authentec, a company which provides security hardware and software for PCs and mobile devices, last year in July.

What does Authentec offer: It provides mobile security software licenses to companies like Samsung, and fingerprint sensor technology to computer makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc.

According to a Reuters report, at the time of acquisition Apple also paid AuthenTec $7.5 million for some product development work. The report adds that according to agreement filed with regulators it hinted at the development of “a 2D fingerprint sensor for Apple that is suitable for use in an Apple product.”

So there you have it : a fingerprint sensor made of sapphire could the biggest change to the iPhone.

Dual-Flash Camera: MacRumors also released pictures of an iPhone with a camera with dual-LED flash. The photograph showed two different coloured LED flashes next to the rear camera. Again this could just be prototype device but if Apple does release an iPhone with dual-LED it could lead to better white balance in photos. You could have the option of using the LED that matches the scene.

It’s also be rumoured that Apple will finally offer a 12-or-13 megapixel camera. According to this report, Apple could use Sony’s 13 megapixel sensor of its camera.

Design and Processor: It’s highly unlikely that Apple will launch an iPhone 5S with 5-inch screen or even coloured shells. These could show up much later by next year but for now the iPhone 5S screen is likely to be 4-inch. The processor is likely to be the newer A7 chip according to MacRumors.

iPhone 5S is likely to have 1GB RAM like the iPhone 5.

The low-cost iPhone: This is one rumour that refuses to die, given that the China Labour Watch report talked extensively about how factory-workers at Apple supplier Pegatron were assembling these smartphones. The report said that, At this moment, in Shanghai, China, workers in Apple’s supplier factory Pegatron are monotonously working long overtime hours to turn out a scaled-back, less expensive version of the iPhone.  What is not known is whether the device will make an appearance in September or later.

It is rumoured that the low-cost iPhone will have coloured shells and a plastic rear cover. According to a report in Apple Insider, the cheaper version of the iPhone is likely to come with an eight megapixel camera, the same A6 processor and 1 GB RAM as the current iPhone 5.

The report states that a picture of supposed “iPhone 5 Lite” or “iPhone 5C” rear camera was published on Thursday on Chinese site IT168. You can check out the Chinese report here.

According to a report in BusinessInsider, the low-cost iPhone will be called iPhone 5C. Apparently the C stands for colour. BusinessInsiderhas based this on secondary sources but is confident about the accuracy of the name.

Overall it doesn’t look like Apple will be offering too many drastic changes with the iPhone 5S. Unless of course it also launches a cheaper version of the smartphone which could generate some serious competition for the Android army.

Is the iPhone 5C the inexpensive Apple phone we’ve been waiting for?

Leaked images suggest low-cost iPhone‘s name, show-off FCC badge.

Is the iPhone 5C the inexpensive Apple phone we've been waiting for?

Is the iPhone 5C the inexpensive Apple phone we’ve been waiting for?

The much rumoured inexpensive iPhone may be real and sport the name ‘iPhone 5C’ as suggested by a leaked photo of, what are claimed to be, its packaging boxes. The image showing a pile of iPhone 5C boxes was posted on WeiPhone, a Chinese forum, but so far, hasn’t been authenticated. Cult of Mac speculates that the ‘C’ in iPhone 5C could stand for ‘Colour’, since Apple is expected to launch the inexpensive iPhone in multiple colours, apart from the standard black and white, in order to attract mid-range customers.

Adding to this torrent of leaked images and rumours, another image showing the back of the inexpensive iPhone has also shown up online. This image, depicting the back of a plastic iPhone, shows FCC branding which is the quality badge sported by all mobile products sold by American companies. While this image adds a certain amount of credence to the mythical low-cost iPhone, there’s no way to say if this image is also genuine.

The low cost iPhone is a rumour that just refuses to go away and has left us believing that this year we’ll actually get to see an iPhone aimed at the mid-range segment. This inexpensive iPhone or the ‘iPhone 5C’ is expected to be revealed by Apple in September, alongside the iPhone 5S, and is expected to cost $99 (Rs. 6,000 approx.) under contract and anywhere between $300 (Rs. 17,800 approx.) to $400 (Rs. 23,700 approx.) at launch.

If you were to consider buying the low-cost iPhone, how much would you be willing to pay for it?

Sources: iClarified via GSM ArenaWeiPhone via Cult of Mac