There's no need to wait until Black Friday for an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c sale. AT&T is currently offering one of the best deals on both of Apple's new handsets. You can nab a 16GB iPhone 5s for $100 or a 16GB iPhone 5c for $50. That's 50% off the suggested retail price of the iPhone 5s. As usual, these deals require that you sign a new two-year contract with AT&T.
A lot of big box retailers such as Walmart are also offering deals on Apple's latest generation of products, but these deals normally involve some kind of gift card rebate. On Black Friday, Walmart will be giving away a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, and the iPad Air will be $20 off at Target. The Target iPad Air deal also includes a free $100 gift card, essentially making the the new tablet only $379. This is the best Black Friday iPad deal that has been announced so far.
It's that time of year when retailers are fighting for your attention by offering a variety of deals for the holidays. From Veterans Day to pre-Black Friday sales you can save money on a all kind of of items including iPhone cases and accessories. Accessory maker Otter-Box is offering 50% off all Armor Series and iON Series iPhone cases at OtterBox.com. You can also save 25% on select iPhone 5 Defender Series products and buy one, get one 25% off of Otter-box's Realtree cases.
Body Glove is offering 25% off with free shipping site-wide, and you can save $10 every time you spend $50 when you use the promo code SPEND50. Both Otter-Box and Body Glove offer cases for most iPhone and Android phones and tablets including older iPhone models and the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4.
Apple retail stores will begin offering hardware repairs for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, according to a report published by 9to5Mac. iPhone 5s and 5c owners who are not covered under Apple's AppleCare warranty will be able to pay $149 for a screen replacement and $79 for a new battery. iPhone 5c customers will also be able to buy a new Home button for $29. However, Apple employees will not be able to replace Touch ID Home buttons for the iPhone 5s.
Despite all the rage surrounding the Gold iPhone 5s, consumers in the US have been more interested in space gray. This is according to research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), in a report detailed by MacRumors. While the data shows the gold model trailing in last place, limited availability could be affecting the numbers.
At the same time, black iPhone models have historically been more popular. In any event, the data reflects that 43 percent of iPhone 5s units sold in the US were space gray. Silver came in second place with 30 percent of sales, and the coveted gold iPhone 5s clocked 27 percent. 400 consumers were surveyed for the study by CIRP during the month after iPhone 5s and 5c launch.
Boost Mobile announced today that it would begin carrying the iPhone 5s and 5c beginning on November 8. The Sprint-owned company is not the only prepaid carrier to offer Apple's newest handsets. Virgin Mobile is already selling both the iPhone 5s and 5c for $549 and $449, respectively. Cricket will begin selling both devices on October 25, and US Cellular announced it will also offer the 5s and 5c on the same day as Boost Mobile.
Boost offers its customers unlimited talk, text and data starting at $50/month, and Daily Unlimited plans starting at $2. Boost users can also reduce their monthly payments to as little as $35/month by making their payments on time.
Prepaid mobile fans will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c through the wireless carrier Cricket starting on October 25. Cricket is currently accepting pre-registration for the new Apple handsets, and will offer them along with their new Smart Plans.
Cricket customers can get an off-contract iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c with nationwide unlimited talk/text/data starting at $50. Cricket's Smart Plans support 4G LTE and 3G CDMA wireless networks, and offer up to 10GB of full-speed data allowance.
While Apple has improved the iSight camera on the iPhone 5s, the number of megapixels remains the same as the iPhone 5 and 5c. The iPhone 5s image sensor is 15 percent larger than its predecessor, and the aperture is also larger.
The iPhone 5s camera is 8 megapixels, with 1.5µ size pixels. The main camera records 1080p HD video at 30 fps.
The front-facing FaceTime camera on the iPhone 5s is 1.2 megapixels and records 720p HD video.
Apple has improved the specs on the iPhone 5s iSight camera. For those who are wondering, the new camera has improved low-light sensitivity thanks in part to a larger aperture.
The aperture on the iPhone 5s camera is f/2.2. This is compared to the aperture on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s at f/2.4.
The iPhone 5s represents several firsts for Apple and the smartphone industry in general. Not only does the device feature 64-bit architecture, but the latest iPhone integrates a fingerprint sensor and independent M7 motion coprocessor. With new technology there's always the potential for bugs to surface after the latest hardware gets into the hands of users everywhere.
Of course the iPhone 5s is no different, and while reviews have been overwhelmingly positive some users have reported problems. Complaints and issues can always be brought to Apple's attention either in iPhone support communities or at the retail store Genius Bar. Besides troubleshooting, keep in mind the iPhone 5s comes with a one-year AppleCare warranty. Usually devices can be repaired or replaced in-store.
If you weren’t able to get your hands on the coveted gold iPhone 5s last month when the new model was launched, accessory designer Miansai has just the thing to satisfy your needs. For the low price of $10,000, the company is offering a case made out of actual solid gold.
Company founder Michael Andrew Saiger told Market Watch the product was initially “a kind of joke,” but to his surprise people have “loved it.” The ostentatious case is admittedly impractical when it comes to protecting your iPhone, but with a five-figure sticker price it serves as more of a status symbol than anything else. Both the front and corners of the phone are exposed. Also, solid gold isn’t the strongest metal, so if you drop it, don’t count on the case to adequately safeguard your device.