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Quick Look: Apple's Two New iPhones

You're days away from either a higher-tech or more affordable model.

Apple announced yesterday the release of two new iPhones: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Both will be available for purchase on Sept. 20 at Apple Stores, with a presale happening on Sept.13. The 5C will retail for $99 for a 16G version and $199 for a 32G version, with a two-year contract. The 5S will cost $199 for a 16G, $299 for a 32G, and $399 for a 64G option.

While the 5C is a welcome breath of fresh air for Apple fanboys looking to get their hands on the latest tech, $100 still isn’t terribly affordable for many people, especially when compared with some Windows phone and Android options. Still, the 5C has much of the same technology (aside from its iOS) as the current iPhone 5, including the same 32-bit A6 CPU.

The 5S is equipped with the first-ever 64-bit processor made for a smartphone, but with all that power comes a somewhat eerie catch. The 5S requires fingerprint recognition to unlock the phone. On the surface, it’s an amazing technology that vastly increases the security of your phone. But, as many people have pointed out, it gives Apple a huge piece of personal information—your fingerprints. The 5C doesn’t feature that same technology, instead using the classic swipe-to-open lock. Keep this in mind when making your purchase. 

If you’re dead set on upgrading to one of these new devices, there’s a way to do so without draining your wallet. As we speculated on earlier, Apple is indeed introducing an iPhone trade-in program at Apple Stores across the country this month. You’ll be able to trade in an older iPhone and receive a credit between $120 and $250, according to a report from TechCrunch. Keep in mind, however, that this credit can be applied only toward the purchase of another iPhone, not a tablet or laptop computer.

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