Why I'm gladly spending $100 more on the iPhone 5S over the iPhone 5C

As anybody who's ever shopped for an Apple product knows, Apple is a master at pricing products so you end up torturing yourself over whether to spend the extra money on a feature upgrade, even if you know it isn't really worth the premium Apple is asking for it.

Often that upgrade involves more memory, a faster processor, or a higher-capacity hard drive. For instance, when I bought an iMac a few years back, I decided against bumping the processor up to an Core i7 from a Core i5 because the price delta just seemed too great for … Read more

What Apple needs to offer with the iPhone 6

The iPhone 5S, unveiled Tuesday, adds some cool new features to Apple's lineup but is still just an incremental upgrade over its predecessor. What should Apple add to the iPhone 6 to entice consumers?

Bigger screen Apple bumped the size of the iPhone's display to 4 inches last year, but that now seems tiny compared with the competition. Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia, and other device makers are trying to outdo each with bigger screens. Apple has never played the game of follow the leader, but 2014 seems ripe for an even larger iPhone screen. Apple should avoid the … Read more

Man in Tokyo already waiting in line for iPhone 5S

One man in Tokyo clearly doesn't want to miss his chance to buy the new iPhone 5S.

Known by the Twitter handle @Xxxprius, the eager customer scored first place in line at the Ginza Apple Store on Tuesday in his quest to pick up the 5S, according to blog site Kotaku.

Nestled in front of the store in a chair with just a few of the creature comforts, @Xxxprius admits that he has a difficult road ahead waiting in line until the end of next week.

"I'm lined up at the Ginza Apple Store where the new … Read more

Unannounced China version of the iPhone 5S and 5C will support TD-LTE

Apple's iPhone 5C and 5S may be launching in China on the same dates as the U.S., Japan and Singapore, but the TD-LTE that will work in the country haven't been mentioned just yet.

If you pop by the Apple China Web site, you'll note that only the HSDPA (A1526/A1528) and CDMA (A1532/A1533) models are listed.

However, winding its way through China's version of the FCC (Tenaa) are four new models -- two of which are already known. The A1529 (iPhone 5C) and A1530 (iPhone 5S) are handsets that will be sold in … Read more

New iPhones add color, read fingerprints

CNET Update is touchy about passwords:

This time around, Apple is releasing two new iPhones. Today's CNET Update video explains what's new about the high-end iPhone 5S, including a fingerprint scanner and a better camera. But if you don't care about those upgrades, cut $100 off the price with the plastic iPhone 5C.

With the new models, Apple says goodbye to last year's iPhone 5 -- but the older iPhone 4S survives and will be sold for free with a new contract.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5C begin September 13, but Apple is not taking pre-orders … Read more

Apple iPhone event kind of bland, tweets show

Apple gave you two new iPhones -- one with a futuristic fingerprint sensor -- and all you could muster up was a "yep, got it" reaction if early Twitter data gathered by social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon is any indication.

Crimson Hexagon looked at the sentiment data behind tweets about the Apple event and found that 73 percent of the more than 1.5 million tweets that trickled in during the past 24 hours were neutral, meaning a majority of people tweeting about the highly anticipated event were just merely passing along the news without sharing their … Read more

See the world through the eye of the iPhone 5S

Apple's newest smartphone on the block -- the iPhone 5S -- packs a photographic punch in comparison to its predecessors. CNET Digital Imaging Senior Editor Lori Grunin breaks down all the technobabble that describes the bits and bobs behind the lens of the iPhone 5S, leaving only one photography-related matter on the table: sample pictures.

What good are megapixels, a larger aperture size, and all that other mumbo jumbo if they don't produce good results? Thankfully, Apple provided a big handful of sample pictures (including a panorama and True Tone dual LED flash) taken with the iPhone 5S for your viewing -- and judgment.… Read more

iPhone 5S and 5C each gets a new nearly identical dock

Along with its announcement today of two new phones and several differently colored new cases, Apple will soon begin selling a new dock for both the iPhone 5S and 5C.

The docks appear to be identical in design, each with a Lightning-in and audio-out connections on the back, with an up-facing Lightning-in connector on front.

Each dock behaves as docks are wont to do, allowing you to charge, sync, play music, as well as conduct speaker phone calls while your iPhone rests in its cradle.

According to Apple's site, the 5S dock is compatible with the iPhone 5 and … Read more

Spec showdown: iPhone 5S vs. Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One

Apple's iPhone brand is no stranger to competition, and the newest iteration of the handset, the 5S, is no exception.

Announced today during a press conference in Cupertino, Calif., the iPhone 5S features a new gold color option, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and improvements to the camera and flash.

But in an era when smartphones are getting faster, bigger, and more powerful, the iOS 7-touting device faces stiff competition from popular Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

Take a look at the chart below to see how these three powerhouses compare against … Read more

iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5C vs. iPhone 5: Specs compared

Apple's new iPhone 5S boasts plenty of fresh hardware, features, software, and speed. The company's step-down model, the iPhone 5C is no slouch, either, and comes in a stylish polycarbonate and colorful chassis. Indeed, despite its budget price, the iPhone 5C will replace the iPhone 5 completely. Find out just how these new iPhone models fair when pitted head-to-head against Apple's venerable handset from last year.

Confirming much of the leaked information, Apple's new top-of-the-line device the iPhone 5S brings a new 64-bit A7 processor to the table. Indeed Apple claims that this new silicon makes … Read more