A new 4-inch iPhone is expected to be announced by Apple on March 21st. For those of you considering upgrading, here are some ideas for putting your current iPhone to good use.
Over the years, iPhone models have been marked with model numbers to help identify the hardware. The model number is typically printed on the back of the iOS device. For a list of iPhone model numbers and associated iPhone types, see below.
Models A1241, A1324
Models A1303, A1325
Models A1332, A1349
Models A1387, A1431
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.
Reports of a biometric sensor in the upcoming iPhone 5S have been floating around for some time. However, with the release of iOS 7 beta 4 to developers 9to5Mac has posted new evidence that the fingerprint scanner is real. The code reveals a folder named "BiometricKitUI.axbundle" featuring the building blocks to run a biometric sensor.
According to sources, Apple has completed work on the user interface for such a feature, which would presumably unlock the device. Instead of typing a passcode, all that would be needed for a home button fingerprint scan is to press the button. The leaked strings indicate that during the setup process, a fingerprint graphic would change color when registered.
With each passing day more lower-priced iPhone parts are photographed and leaked from the supply chain. At least this is what AppleDaily wants us to believe. Considering the large number of matching photos form several sources Apple might actually launch the device in the colors pictured below.
Aside from offering the so-called budget iPhone alongside the flagship iPhone 5S this fall, Apple is expected to release iOS 7. One thing is clear, the bright hues found in the company's latest operating system could have met their match in the external plastic parts of the budget iPhone. Of course, it's possible these parts are knock-offs and will never see the light of day.