With the release of each iPhone model, hype and pressure builds and consumer interest is piqued.iPhone 5S/C and iOS 7 Shows Reports High Numbers Now, for its seventh iteration, users hold new iPhone models to a higher expectation with a focus on innovation, quality, and the “cool” factor, and are yearning for a revolutionary change.
But, despite being advertised as “forward-thinking,” the release of the newest devices, iPhone 5S and 5C raised skepticism from Apple diehards and bloggers and meeting the high expectations didn’t seem likely when the product announcement was made on Wednesday, September 17, 2013. Only time would tell if consumers would covet the new product and this weekend was very telling…
The Monday following the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple showed numbers totaling 9 million iPhones sold during the launch weekend of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C – the 5S models are sold out while the 5C are backordered, but available in 24 hours. This is a huge increase for Apple, as it almost doubles the sales of the iPhone 5 from last year which only brought in 5 million. One thing to note is that the iPhone 5S and 5C were launched in eleven markets including China, which as a high demand for the phones, as opposed to the nine markets to which iPhone 5 was released.
Although the numbers seem to show that consumers couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new product, some users did voice concerns about the quality of the new hardware. An example is the durability, which is speculated to break easier than the past models. A recent test conducted between top phones showed that both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C scored lower than it’s predecessor, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S, which is made of aluminum and glass scored a 5.5 and the plastic 5C scored a 6 based on a scale of 1 to 10 (higher number reflecting a greater risk of breaking). In addition, the test showed that the 5S failed a slide test. Unlike the other products, when the 5S was pushed it was the only phone to slide off the table completely compared to the 5C which slid a little over 3 feet and the five was just over 2 feet.
Another disappointment is with iPhone 5S fingerprint security, which was a hyped new capability of the model. This feature, was a selling points to separates the device from the previous iPhone products, however, recently it has been reported that it can be disabled. The biometrics hacking team of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has successfully bypassed the biometric security of Apple’s TouchID using easy everyday means. A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, can create a fake finger that can unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID.
Another weekend win for Apple is the release of the newest software update. Released last week, it was announced that 200 million devices are now running iOS 7, and that makes it go down in history as the fastest software upgrade.
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