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Apple launches iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C: As it happened

Drum roll please! After what seems like an eon of watching, waiting, and speculating, the day has finally come - in less than two hours now, Apple will break cover with its eagerly anticipated new mobile offerings, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Today's unveiling will see the technology world grind to a collective halt, with all eyes turning to Cupertino, California from 18:00 BST (10:00 PDT, 13:00 EST) for Apple's special launch event.

Read more: Apple iPhone 5S review (opens in new tab)

Read more: Apple iPhone 5C review (opens in new tab)

As usual, we're with you every step of the way, bringing you live updates throughout the day, and of course offering the best real-time commentary of the big Apple launch itself. In fact, we've been building up to 10 September for a while now, so you can bring yourself up to speed by revisiting our iPhone 5S and 5C countdown (opens in new tab), which features a glut of news, rumours, and analysis.

Unlike some other launches, there's still a palatable air of mystery surrounding today's iPhone 5S and 5C reveal. Will Apple's new flagship smartphone offer a larger display? Is the iPhone 5S going to feature an improved camera? Are all the rumours that the iPhone 5C will come in a super-snazzy range of colour options legitimate?

For sure, the pressure is on Tim Cook and co. to deliver an impressive device today, with recent arrivals like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (opens in new tab) and Sony Xperia Z1 (opens in new tab), plus the likes of the venerable HTC One, (opens in new tab)all appearing to have captured the public's imagination.

For an idea of what we might see later today, be sure to check out one of our iPhone 5S and 5C rumour roundup (opens in new tab), or for a more personal slant on things, make hay for Sascha Segan's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C wishlist. (opens in new tab)Other than that, lock your browsers - all our questions will soon be answered, so sit back, grab your beverage of choice, and follow all the action with us live!

  • 13 September
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  • 18:47

    Thanks again to everyone who joined us, but sadly the time has come for our live coverage of the iPhone 5S and 5C launch to go end-of-life. See you soon no doubt - perhaps as soon as October, when Apple is expected to launch its fifth-generation iPad and iPad mini.

  • 11:02

    Dovetailing on that, the question we're all ultimately asking ourselves is: Should I upgrade to the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C? (opens in new tab)And we've got an answer, oh yes we do.

  • 10:18

    Speaking of a certain smartphone pair, one of the most obvious talking points now is how do the two devices compare - enter this Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C spec comparison (opens in new tab), the perfect anecdote for a foggy London day

  • 10:17

  • 10:13

    One of the quiet selling points of Apple's new handset duo is the the extensive cellular support on offer, but what does it all really mean? To help you decipher the riddle, we've taken a closer look at the iPhone 5S and 5C's global support for 3G and 4G LTE networks. (opens in new tab)

  • 12 September
  • 16:33

    One thing that has aroused generally positive sentiment is Apple's new A7 chipset, which is based on 64-bit architecture. Queue rival smartphone don Samsung announcing that the Galaxy S5 will feature a 64-bit processor (opens in new tab)....

  • 15:56

    And what of big brother the iPhone 5S? We've taken a retrospective look at our wishlist for Apple's new flagship - make for our latest feature to see if the iPhone 5S delivered what we wanted (opens in new tab)

  • 15:53

    So, we know by now that Apple's colourful new smartphone isn't nearly as cheap as we expected, but how much does the iPhone 5C cost in your country? (opens in new tab) Follow the link to find out

  • 15:52

    The arrival of the iPhone 5C has been greeted with a mixed response, and it's starting to show, with Apple shares tumbling after the 5C failed to light up China (opens in new tab) in the expected way.

  • 10:19

    It's not all doom and gloom, at least not for some. In fact, the gold iPhone 5S could be Tim Cook's best idea to date, (opens in new tab) according to one pundit. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

  • 09:58

    The smartphone world's next grudge match is now upon us: check out our Apple iPhone 5S vs Samsung Galaxy S4 spec comparison (opens in new tab) to see how the premium offerings from the bitter rivals size up.

  • 09:57

  • 09:23

    And its grim tidings for the colourful addition to the Apple smartphone family, as well - analysts have branded the iPhone 5C too expensive for the Chinese market (opens in new tab) in a major blow for the iconic US firm and its bid to woo buyers in emerging markets. Enter some on point analysis, which argues that the iPhone 5C is too safe and won't challenge Samsung (opens in new tab) in key territories like the People's Republic.

  • 09:09

    Well, it's a right stinker over in London today, the kind of weather that reinforces pretty much every cruel stereotype about the British weather. And there's plenty of bad news on the Apple front, too, starting with the news that developers won't get access to the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner API (opens in new tab) to utilise as a means of authentication. Boo hiss!

  • 11 September
  • 15:53

    One of the few new features that has caused a stir, however, is that fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. It certainly looks like it'll bring log-in convenience to a new level, and with passwords becoming increasingly inadequate for protecting modern devices, the security industry has taken a keen interest in the viability of this biometric tech on a smartphone. We've analysed views from the sector to see just what the fingerprint sensor means for the iPhone 5S and mobile security (opens in new tab) going forward.

  • 13:25

    Underwhelmed by the latest blockbuster Apple launch? You're not walking alone, believe me. And if it's the sceptics hat you're donning, then our roundup of the best Apple iPhone 5S alternatives (opens in new tab) is must-read stuff. Personally, I've spent the last week playing on the HTC One and am itching to get an unskinned version, should Google ever decide to bestow such a device upon us UK-based pond life

  • 13:22

  • 13:19

    So, I've said my piece on why a 64-bit architected A7 SoC could prove to be an unsung hero for the iPhone 5S. Now, time to flip over to the other side of the coin - Apple's 64-bit A7 chip is just iPhone 5S marketing guff (opens in new tab) being another way to view the situation. What do you think?

  • 13:05

    One of the more interesting revelations from last night's launch was that Apple now plans to discontinue the iPhone 5 (opens in new tab). It's a curious move to say the least, as manufacturers tend to send products to the glue factory from the bottom up.

  • 11:27

    JUST IN: Apple iPhone 5S hands on preview (opens in new tab) now live, check it out!

  • 10:12

    Having had some time to digest the new iPhone launch, I'm starting to feel that the 5S could be a bit of a sleeper. The 64-bit architecture of the A7 SoC could prove a boon for gamers (the dragon-filled demo last night did look impressive) and it's also key to powering the device's headline feature, the fingerprint sensor, which may further add to Apple's enterprise appeal. The expanded range of LTE bands, too, will be useful (if not life-changing) for frequent travellers. Again, the professional market comes to mind.

  • 10:06

    Good morning, everybody sleep well? Apple's big iPhone 5S and 5C launch has obviously come to pass, but stay tuned as we'll continue updating this stream with new news, features, and reactions.

  • 10 September
  • 23:15

    OK, I lied - who can sleep on a night like tonight? One final bit of fodder for you before it really is time to start counting sheep: check out our Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 spec comparison (opens in new tab) to see how the new and old generation handsets match up. That's all now 'til the AM, honest....

  • 20:29

    That's all for tonight, folks - get back at us tomorrow for all the latest iPhone news and analysis and thanks for joining us on the journey

  • 20:28

    That said, we'll wait until we we've taken it for a decent spin to pronounce final judgement - we'll have our initial impressions available shortly, so stay tuned for the all-important iPhone 5S and 5C hands on features.

  • 20:26

    A quick reaction to today's iPhone launch, and it can ultimately be summed up in one word: underwhelming. For me, Apple is just pitching its devices at too high a price point for what's on offer, especially with the 5C, which looks like a glorified iPhone 5, but with an inferior construction. While there's a decent amount of improvements on show - the new finishes on the 5S look slick, the beefed up 64-bit A7 architecture should impress, and fingerprint scanning technology could quickly evolve from a novelty into a real boon - other areas remain unloved. Why hasn't Apple looked at upping the quality of the iPhone's display? Similarly, NFC remains benched for another year. It's probably not quite as deflating as 2012, but it's not that much better, either.

  • 20:19

    iOS 7 will be landing on 18 September (opens in new tab) for compatible devices, which include the iPhone 4 and above

  • 20:17

    Full details of iPhone 5S and 5C UK pricing, release and availability (opens in new tab) now up. As an all-too-predictable teaser, it ain't cheap - especially the "affordable" 5C, which will run you £550 for a 32GB model. Budget iPhone? Maybe for Roman Abramovich...

  • 19:51

    UK pricing and availability coming folks, hang tight

  • 19:27

    That's all apparently, time to reflect on today's events for a moment

  • 19:22

    In case you're wondering what's going on, Elvis is still in the building jamming out for the fanboys

  • 19:21

    No talk of an improved display for the iPhone 5S, and nothing about its form factor either. Presumably that's because Apple has gone with the same specs as before - a 4in Retina display

  • 19:17

    Elvis just mentioned Apple Radio - pray tell

  • 19:16

    Inside sources tell us that Elvis is rocking out pretty good over in Cupertino

  • 19:15

    The Cookie Monster rounds up what we've just seen - iOS 7, the iPhone 5C, and iPhone - before introducing a certain Elvis Costello

  • 19:14

  • 19:12

    Tim Cook back on stage, time for one more thing?

  • 19:11

    BREAKING: iPhone 5C goes on pre-order 13 September, and both the 5C and the 5S will be available to buy on 20 September in a range of territories including Australia, Canada, China, France Germany Japan and, yes, the UK

  • 19:09

  • 19:08

    iPhone 5S pricing: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB are $199 (£125), $299 (£190), and $399 (£255) on two-year contracts in the US

  • 19:07

  • 19:07

    Your fingerprint data will never be made available to other software, never stored on Apple's servers, and never backed up to iCloud. Only available to NSA snoops, then...

  • 19:05

    Dan Riccio: "Your fingerprint is the best password in the world"

  • 19:04

    We're on to the third new iPhone 5S feature, and this one is all about security - a faint whiff of fingerprint sensor in the room?

  • 19:04

    The Home button will now come sapphire-coated and you'll be able to just touch it to unlock your phone. Since it's built in, you can also use it to make iTunes purchases.

  • 19:03

    We're on to the third new iPhone 5S feature, and this one is all about security - a faint whiff of fingerprint sensor in the room?

  • 18:59

    HD (720p) video capture will be at 120 fps.

  • 18:58

    There we've got the new TruTone feature in action

  • 18:58

    Phil Schiller: "For most of us, we just want to take a picture and have the iPhone take a better picture for us." Apple's iPhone 5 will feature a five element Apple lens with an f/2.2 aperture

  • 18:57

  • 18:57

    Moving on to the iPhone 5S camera system now

  • 18:56

    iPhone 5S battery life outed: 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of 4G LTE browsing, 40 hours of music playback, and 250 hours of standby.

  • 18:52

  • 18:52

  • 18:51

    Apple has been working with Nike to create a new app for the health and fitness buffs out there, dubbed Nike+ Move. It will make use of the new M7 chip and GPS functionality to help users keep track of activities and earn Fuel points

  • 18:50

    More chipset details - the A7 will feature a co-processor, the M7, capable of measuring motion data without having to wake up A7 the main A7 CPUs.

  • 18:49

  • 18:49

  • 18:48

    Graphics will be based on the OpenGL 3.0 API and our man is showing off some gnarly, cinematic dragon reels prised from Infinity Blade III - looks good

  • 18:47

  • 18:43

    The requisite games nerd has hit the stage to big up Apple A7 graphics performance

  • 18:43

  • 18:42

    That's an overall improvement of 40x over the first iPhone, Phil informs us

  • 18:41

    The new A7 chipset will be 2x faster than Apple's previous generation SoC, we're told

  • 18:41

  • 18:40

    Everything has been re-engineered around a native 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers, including iOS 7

  • 18:40

  • 18:39

    Apple has just unveiled its all-new A7 SoC, which features "desktop-class" 64-bit architecture

  • 18:38

  • 18:38

    The new iPhone 5S variants are officially dubbed: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

  • 18:38

    Yes, yes we are - and as widely predicted, it's going to come in an expanded range of flavours including new gold and silver options

  • 18:37

  • 18:37

  • 18:34

    Phil Schiller back in the frame now - are we on the verge of the iPhone 5S?

  • 18:34

    Jony Ive beams in to talk iPhone 5C design: "[The] iPhone 5C is beautifully, unapologetically plastic."

  • 18:32

    The all-important iPhone 5C pricing has been revealed: $99 (or about £60-odd) for the 16GB model or about £125 for the 32GB variant, though these prices are based on taking out a two-year contract in the US

  • 18:31

  • 18:31

    The iPhone 5C will support 4G LTE where available

  • 18:30

    These are the colours the iPhone 5C will come available in

  • 18:30

  • 18:29

  • 18:29

    Elsewhere, the iPhone 5C will sport an 8-megapixel iSight camera and offer a 4in display

  • 18:29

    Some key specs: the iPhone 5C will feature an A6 chip and the battery inside will be "slightly larger" than that of the iPhone 5.

  • 18:27

    The iPhone 5C will feature a unibody design and be made out of a hard-coated polycarbonate material reinforced by steel.

  • 18:27

  • 18:26

    Apple's Phil Schiller has taken over to introduce Apple's first foray into the mainstream smartphone segment. As expected, it's dubbed the iPhone 5C

  • 18:25

    BREAKING: Tim Cook has just confirmed that Apple will be offering two devices this year. Can't say the rumour mill was wrong on that one....

  • 18:25

    BREAKING: Tim Cook has just confirmed that Apple will be offering two devices this year. Can't say the rumour mill was wrong on that one....

  • 18:24

  • 18:24

    Tim Cook moves on to the big ticket number - the iPhone. According to the Apple CEO, the Phone 5 had the most successful first year of any platform the company has ever produced

  • 18:23

    All new iOS 7 devices will now come with iWork, iPhoto, iMovie for free

  • 18:23

  • 18:21

    Tim Cook: "iWork highlights that iOS devices aren't just great for consuming content, they're incredible for creating content."

  • 18:20

    Tim Cook is back now going over some of Apple's native apps, including iWork and iPhoto

  • 18:20

    The first bit of big news: iOS 7 updates will land for free starting September 18 and will be available for the iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above, plus the iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod touch

  • 18:19

  • 18:18

    Showing off some of the new camera functionality integrated into iOS 7, including native filters

  • 18:18

  • 18:16

    Siri, too, has been tweaked for iOS 7 and can now search Twitter, as well as trawling photos, Wikipedia, the web, and offering a male voice assistant option

  • 18:15

  • 18:14

    Craig showcasing the revamped Safari app in iOS 7 here

  • 18:14

  • 18:13

    Among other things, Craig is talking us through how Apple has made search more convenient in iOS 7 - pull down anywhere in the OS to search your phone or double click on the home button to activate the multitasking feature.

  • 18:12

    Before handing over to Craig Federighi (pictured, below), Tim Cook talks about Apple's ambitions for iOS 7: "Since we make updates easy...iOS 7 will quickly become the world's most popular mobile operating system."

  • 18:11

  • 18:11

    Apple's now talking up its latest efforts in the retail space, which include some impressive new stores

  • 18:10

  • 18:09

    Reports also indicate that a certain Marissa Mayer may be in the audience tonight

  • 18:08

    A video shows off some iTunes Festival highlights - we've got it on good authority that's Lady Gaga

  • 18:08

  • 18:07

    Tim Cook opens by discussing the success of the iTunes Festival, which saw 20 million people apply for tickets across some 100 countries

  • 18:05

  • 18:05

    "We are really excited to show you a few things this morning that we're really proud of. But first, updates."

  • 18:05

    Apple CEO Tim Cook: "A special welcome goes out to those joining us from Beijing, Berlin and Tokyo this morning."

  • 18:04

    There's the man himself

  • 18:03

  • 18:02

    Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has appeared on stage - things are well and truly underway now folks!

  • 18:00

    Things should be kicking off any minute now, can you feel the buzz? Thanks again for joining us

  • 17:56

    An inspirational quote from a certain Steve Jobs greeted attendees descending on 1 Infinite Loop today...

  • 17:55

  • 17:54

    The atmosphere is building at Apple HQ over in California

  • 17:53

  • 17:51

    The crowd is massing over in Cupertino - no doubt a mad dash for seats and complementary lattes ahead of the new iPhone unveiling

  • 17:49

  • 17:44

    Still no news of a live stream by the way but we'll keep you posted - Apple being Apple, one could well go up with just a few minutes to go...

  • 17:44

    Just 15 minutes to go now - this is the scene outside of Apple's Cupertino, California HQ. It's decked out in a suitably colourful fashion, I wonder what that means?

  • 17:43

  • 17:39

    Just half an hour away from kick-off now, and mobile companies of all manner are bursting to get their iPhone-related wares out in the wild to capitalise on the latest round of Apple fever. Among them is Swiss accessory specialist iChic Gear, who give us a good indication of the imminent iPhone 5C's form-factor with this white case set for release.

  • 17:00

    Some more background reading as the clock ticks away: coming at you now, a closer look at an early iPhone 5S spec leak. (opens in new tab) Will Apple's new flagship smartphone pack 2GB of RAM and an improved chipset? How much power does a light operating system like iOS actually need in the engine room? Get at us via the comment section below, or interact with us on social - there's some cheeky widgets at the top of the page for your clicking pleasure

  • 16:55

    One hour to go! Still with us? Good. It's inevitable that the iPhone 5C will come with pared down specs, possibly offering a similar overall package to the iPhone 4. One bit of gossip we picked up was that Apple was considering dropping Siri on the iPhone 5C (opens in new tab), which doesn't seem like a wise move. More modest hardware you can understand because the higher-end kit does come at a premium, but dropping an established iOS feature just sounds mean from where I'm standing. Let's hope this is one rumour that fails to come to fruition.

  • 16:52

  • 16:29

    Does Apple have a trick up its sleeve tonight and, if so, what might it be? Gossip has consistently pointed to the Cupertino-based company preparing a smartwatch to work in tandem with the iPhone and go toe-to-toe with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Gear (opens in new tab). Increasingly, the iWatch looks like a matter of if, not - so much so that the tech world's favourite crank, John Dvorak, says that you can't ignore the Apple iWatch rumours any longer (opens in new tab). But what about if an Apple smartwatch really is just a figment of our collective imagination? For a playful take on what Apple's next big thing could be (opens in new tab), follow the link.

  • 16:28

  • 16:00

    The big question now is: Will Apple live stream the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch today? Typically, we'd be tempted to say no, but remember that Apple broke with tradition earlier in the year and did offer us a glimpse of its WWDC 2013 keynote (opens in new tab), so we'll be paying close attention to the Apple Events page as the big show draws near.

  • 15:54

    So it's now T-minus two hours to the launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C! What better way to usher in the final countdown than a last minute iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C rumour roundup (opens in new tab) bringing together everything we think we know about the nascent Apple handsets. Have we missed a trick? Let us know via the comment section below.

  • 15:44

    A quick bit of background to the fingerprint scanning buzz - apparent confirmation of this particular feature first surfaced back in July, when an eagle-eyed developer spotted code related to the biometric technology in iOS 7 beta version 4 (opens in new tab). The jury is currently out as to whether or not this will shape up to be the "killer feature" many feel Apple needs to regain momentum. Will fingerprint scanning be a boon for the iPhone 5S? (opens in new tab) Follow the link for one view on the matter.

  • 15:15

    Looks like the Apple web store has got started on preparations for the release - the site is currently down and displaying the message: "We're busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon."

  • 14:20

    Much of the gossip in the big build-up to the iPhone 5S launch has revolved around the incorporation of a certain fingerprint scanner on the device (opens in new tab). According to a freshly-leaked picture of the smartphone's user guide, the rumours have been very accurate, which should be great news for security buffs.

  • 13:59

    It's lunch time here in London, or perhaps you're just settling at work over in New York or Boston? Wherever you are, one of the biggest talking points of the iPhone 5C launch is going to be how the new mainstream device is received in China. The good news is that Apple appears to have sewn up a deal with China Mobile (opens in new tab), the world's largest mobile operator with a subscriber base of some 740 million. That will surely see the iconic Western company post an improved performance in the all-important emerging market going forward, but what about the bigger picture? For more, check out our closer look at the iPhone 5C, Apple's ambitions in China, and the battle against Android. (opens in new tab)

  • 13:36

    If you're only just joining us following an extensive period of hibernation, Apple will launch the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C later today (opens in new tab) - follow the link for essential primer reading.

  • 13:35

  • 12:56

    Speaking of the ol' iPad, it's hardly content playing second fiddle to the iPhone, and a recent video leak revealed a slimmed down iPad 5 (opens in new tab). There are whispers that Apple could have a trick up its sleeve tonight in the form of an additional gadget to pull the cloak on, though we're not convinced of their accuracy. To my mind, the fifth-generation iPad, as well as potentially the iPad mini 2, will be launched at a separate event in October. Thoughts?

  • 12:50

    If the iPhone 5S does feature fingerprint scanning technology as is widely expected, it's a move made possible partly by Apple's buy of security firm AuthenTec back in 2012. For more, check out our feature exploring the impact of Apple's strategic acquisitions on the iPhone and iPad. (opens in new tab)

  • 12:22

    For more insights from our recent time in Berlin, be sure to check out our roundup of the 10 best products at IFA 2013 (opens in new tab), which features iPhone 5S rivals in the form of the Sony Xperia Z1 and of course the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

  • 12:19

    Before the dust had settled on IFA 2013, our editor Desire spied some iPhone 5S and 5C wireless charging accessories (opens in new tab) out in the wild. Have a bit of a gander....

  • 12:17

  • 11:45

    One of the hottest rumours linked with the nascent iPhone 5S is its likely integration of fingerprint scanning technology. Recent leaked photos seem to confirm that the iPhone 5S will indeed sport a fingerprint scanner (opens in new tab), and for our money we think that its a good bet to be one of the headline features of Apple's new premium handset. But is fingerprint scanning actually all it's cracked up to be? For an expert's view, check out the following feature on the pros and cons of biometric authentication. (opens in new tab)

  • 11:35

    One of the few sure things ahead of today's launch is that Apple's new iPhone duo will come rocking its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7. For more on the refreshed platform, which boasts a radically redesigned look and feel, check out the following hands on video of iOS 7. (opens in new tab) Alternatively, explore some of the more subtle changes Apple has made with our roundup of overlooked iOS 7 features. (opens in new tab)

  • 11:29

  • 11:24

    With so many rumours swirling about, it can be a headache trying to disseminate fruit-themed fact from fanboy fiction ahead of Apple's special event. So what can we expect from the iPhone 5S and 5C launch (opens in new tab) later today? Follow the link for a preview, and let us know what you're hoping to see Apple unveil via the comment section below.

  • 11:00

    Welcome, and thanks for dropping in early! I don't know about you, but I'm more pepped up for today's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch than Kirsten Dunst circa Bring It On. Things will start to heat up later today, with Apple's special event set to kick off at 18:00 BST (10:00 PDT, 13:00 EST), and we'll be bringing you regular updates throughout the day to keep your appetite suitably whetted ahead of the big cloak-pull.

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.