Apple Inc. announced Tuesday its plan to replace the iPhone 5 with two different phones, the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S.
The announcement came this morning from an event at the Apple Headquarters in Cuptertino, Calif., where smartphone fans and tech gurus anxiously awaited the news.
The cheaper version of the phone, the iPhone 5C, will start at just $99.
Phillis Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said the iPhone 5C will not have any visible seams, and will come in at least five colors (pictured).
“The iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically plastic,” Schiller announced. “Multiple parts have been reduced to a single polycarbonate component whose surface is continuous.”
The low cost of the iPhone 5C would bring one of the industry's costliest smartphones into the hands of the masses, reports The Chicago Tribune. The iPhone 5C will be available for pre-order Sept. 13.
Apple also announced its plan to release a higher-end version of the phone, the iPhone 5S.
The phone is reported to have an extended battery life, with 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of wi-fi browsing and up to 250 hours of standby. According to the Chicago Tribune, the case will be made of high-grade aluminum, and will be available in white, gold and “space gray.”
The iPhone 5S will also come equipped with an updated camera with slow-motion capabilities.
The 16 gigabyte model will retail for $199 with a 2-year contract, reports the Chicago Tribune. It will be available for sale Sept. 20.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, also announced updates to the iOS 7 operating system, which is expected to feature an updated interface and updates to the voice operation for Siri. The operating system will also allow group options for photos and music.
The iOS software update will be available for free on Sept. 18. It will run on iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, and fifth-generation iPod Touch.