iPhone launch
Apple is reportedly set to launch two new iPhones, the iPhone 5S and 5C, in what some experts are calling the most ambitious and critical Apple iPhone event to date

7.13pm

And that's your lot: new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We will have hands-on reviews and first impressions later this evening...

7.07pm

iPhone 5C pre-order from September 13th, both on sale September 20th. 

7.05pm

iPhone 4S becomes free, iPhone 5C $99/199 (16/32GB), iPhone 5S $199/299/399 (16/32/64)

7.01pm

The fingerprint sensor can read multiple fingerprints – a replacement for the password.

6.58pm

Touch ID is official. This is Apple's new fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S. Deeply integrated in to iOS 7. Fingerprint rather than security lock? The sensor is built in to the home button and scans your finger. You can buy iTunes tracks with your finger!

6.55pm

28MP panoramic shots? OK. Here comes the fingerprint sensor...

6.53pm

More talk about that all-important A7 chip in the iPhone 5S. Faster, more powerful experience.

6.49pm

Next, the camera: bigger pixels makes for better pictures, says Apple's Phil Schiller. iOS 7 is designed to take advantage of the new camera.

6.46pm

10 hours 3G talk time battery life, 40 hours music playback

6.45pm

We're back on the iPhone 5S awaiting news on features and spec. New CoreMotion API which identifies user movement. Fitness apps?

6.40pm

Here are all the details on the new Apple iPhone 5C

6.36pm

Inside is the A7 chip. A 64-bit chip. Big jump in processor, a whole new processor.

6.35pm

Gold, silver and space grey colours confirmed for the iPhone 5S. High-grade aluminium.

6.34pm

iPhone 5S is official. "The most forward-thinking phone we've ever created."

6.32pm

iTunes Radio will also launch on September 18th, as part of iOS 7, as expected.

6.28pm

iPhone 5C available in 16GB and 32GB sizes, $99 and $199 with a 2-year contract un the US. 

6.27pm

8MP iSight camera, new Facetime HD camera - better in lowlight. So a new front facing camera. LTE, WiFi.

6.25pm

Hard-coated polycarbonate, aka plastic, 4 inch retina, A6 processor. Sounds very similar to the iPhone 5 but in a plastic case and with a choice of colours.

6.23pm

More fun and more colourful. Green, yellow, blue, white and red. And they are bright!

6.22pm

iPhone 5C is official

"This year we're going to replace the iPhone 5." Two new designs.

6.18pm

iWork chat now. Five free apps on all new iOS devices: iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote.

6.17pm

September 18th for iOS 7 release. iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above, iPad Mini, 5th-gen iPod Touch and above.

6.15pm

Apple iTunes Radio being show on stage, it will be integrated in iOS 7. "The best way to experience new music."

6.12pm

Also new in iOS 7 – a male voice for Siri (!) and new ringtones. Contain your excitement. 

6.10pm

Cook is talking through iOS 7. Launched 3 months ago at WWDC, it's set to be live on the new iPhones. Read all about it here: iOS 7.

6.08pm

Cook is talking about new stores in the US. Interesting... but we know it's all about the products. 

Some figures: iOS 7. Next month Apple will ship its 700 millionth iOS device.

6.05pm

First off... iTunes Festival. Hmm. Now on to retail, and Apple is expanding its footprint outside the US.

6pm

Tim Cook is live on stage. 

5.45pm

A cheap iPhone 5C looks nailed-on, we even have the first iPhone 5C cases press releases coming through. Here's one from iChic Gear of Switzerland. Curved edges and a deeper design case it seems.

 

5.30pm

30 minutes to go and our man in Cupertion is on his way inside Apple's California HQ. We're expecting two new iPhones, and will be bringing you hands on reviews of the new phones.

In the meantime, we'll be following Apple event live right here...

More after the break

The next Apple iPhone event is due to take place today in Cupertino, California, with a scheduled start time of 6pm UK time. 

Two new iPhones are expected to be announced, the flagship iPhone 5S, an upgrade to the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 5C, a cheaper, budget iPhone, set to be available in a wide range of colours.

 

An outside bet? How about high-resolution audio support for the new iPhone? With LG, Samsung and Sony recently launching high-res products, it's not beyond the realms of possibility.

Apple will also offically release the new iOS 7 operating system, which will ship on the new iPhones and be available to download to selected existing iPhone models.

A release date for the new iPhones will be confirmed, with the smart money on September 27th, while news on Apple TV and the recently announced iTunes Radio service is also expected. Could there also be a new iPad? We shall see.

We will be covering the event live as the news is announced, while our man in Cupertino, Mark Prigg (the only UK journalist at the event), will be giving us the lowdown on the new iPhones straight after the event.

For now, you can read  what he expects to see - and why it's the most critical iPhone launch yet

by  Joe Cox

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