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The Only Thing You Need To Read About Today's Apple Event

The time is once again upon us. Not one, but two new iPhones.

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- It's built right into the home button. And it also allows you to unlock your phone, simply by touching the button. It's the first time Apple's changed up its central button design, and it's the biggest physical change from last year's iPhone 5.

- It can handle multiple fingerprints and you'll be able to authenticate iTunes purchases through the sensor.


- According to Apple, it's the first 64-bit smartphone ever made. Apple cites a 40x CPU performance increase, with graphics about 56x faster. It also has a new motion co-processor chip, the M7, which uses an accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope to monitor your movement. Basically, now apps will know if you're walking, stationary, driving or doing anything else, for that matter.

- But we have no idea yet just how fast it is. Apple's "twice as fast" claim is suspect, given it's based off of a synthetic benchmark. The true test will be just how fast the new iPhone feels to typical user (opening apps, playing games, etc.)

- Apple introduced its "five-element Apple-designed lens" with an F2.2 aperture. There's a new "True Tone" flash, which won't distort colors nearly as much and a burst mode that will let you shoot 10 frames per second.

- There's also Slo-Mo which goes up to 120FPS! Expect this to be quite popular.


- The new battery has 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE browsing and up to 250 hours of standby. Effectively the same deal as before, but with minor positive tweaks.


- Inside, it's basically an iPhone 5. Except, instead of an aluminum back, the iPhone 5C has a thicker, plastic casing that comes in Green, white, blue, pink, and yellow.

- Like the iPhone 5 it has a 4-inch Retina display, it's made from a single piece of polycarbonate and there's a steel frame that will double as an antenna.

- It's cheaper. $99 for 16GB, $199 for 32GB (with a two-year contract, of course )It doesn't have any of the bells and whistles of the 5S, but it's Apple's attempt to seize the sizable mid-tier smartphone market.


- The control and notifications centers are all new, allowing you to access your calendar as well as search from anywhere on the home screen. A quick swipe up from any point on your screen will allow you to access most of the options that used to be excessively available in the "Settings" icon.

- There's AirDrop, which allows you to share directly to people in your immediate area over P2P Wi-Fi.

- Updates to Siri will allow for searching tweets. Siri now has Wikipedia, inline web search, as well as photo search.

iOS 7 has introduced a new, "multitasking view," which will allow you to shuffle quickly between apps and close them with a quick swipe.


- It's essentially Apple's snazzy-looking version of Pandora. And you'll have to pay if you want to opt out of ads.


So, that's about it. There's a good bit new here hardware-wise and, in terms of software, millions of users will come face-to-face with a drastically changed operating system, come September 18th.

Now that you know what's coming, there's really just one question left:

Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture.

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