Really? No fanboi-gasims over the new iphone? No new thread?
Apples new phones are here, and no one who'se been paying attention is really surprised! Most of the best parts have been leaked or hinted for a while, and we didn't get a "Oh, there's one more thing.." moment that used to make the Steve Jobs' presentations actually interesting.
So for the phones themselves, the 5s is the new phone with some interesting features as well as two new colors. The 5c is a iphone 5 with a colorful exterior and a price cut (yet still extremely profitable for apple).
The main features of the 5s that make it compelling are:
1. The finger print scanner. New security for those who don't need to wear gloves or have clean hands all the time. Actually, I really do dig that feature, I just want to see how it holds up long term. A lot of pundits are saying this could be how apple pushes mobile payments (paying at the store with your phone) into reality.
2. Improved camera. While some say that mobile cameras suck and shouldn't be used for real photography, we live in the age of the mobile camera. Cameras on phones have become a big selling point, and I'd say now that we're seeing camera phones that easily, handily outperform the old point and shoots you used to buy (less than $500). Apple claims that the new camera will take better pictures thanks to a larger opening and sensor (kinda of in the vein of the HTCs ultra pixels). New flash that doesn't wash out your images, along with new picture processing software thanks to the more powerful 64 bit CPU inside. Since that what my wife uses to take pictures of my son with, I hope it's really da-bomb!
3. iOS7. Apple's hardware czar/chief/head John Ive has "flattened" the OS, made it more colorful (good/bad depending on how you like the colors) and added some functionality. It's been in the wild as a developer kit for a bit. I've seen it on a few handsets, and it actually looks interesting. I can't give a good personal opinion, except from what I've been told by those using it. It's more like andriod/windows phone. Is that good? Hey, I'm all for adding to the functionality of the device because it only improves competition.
4. The M7 co-processor which tracks your movement and the phones orientation. The bad is that this will keep telling you to stop laying around, eating cheetos, and posting on the huddle. The good is that it can tell when you're driving, walking, exercising, ect and change functions accordingly. If this can cut down on those who text and drive...it will be the best thing to happen to mobile devices! Good luck!
d-dAVE's summary (you're still reading? Awesome!): Same hardware, faster 64 bit processor, new OS upgrades are going to confuse your parents, possible awesome camera improvements, and a new way to monitor your activity. Oh, and get ready for the deluge of accessories which are being announced left and right.
EDIT: To be a real post, instead of some lazy excuse for one.