Apple is launching a lower-cost iPhone 5C and a 'forward-thinking' iPhone 5S with fingerprint reading biometrics on Sept. 20.

The 5C, priced at $99 with a 2-year plan, will be available in five colors — green, blue, yellow, pink and white. It sports a 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, an 8 megapixel iSight camera, and the all important long lasting battery. Wait, there's more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world, a new FaceTime HD camera, and iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone.

Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, sums it up: "iPhone 5C is everything iPhone 5 was and more, in an all-new design packed with great features (and)... designed with a beautiful polycarbonate enclosure that looks and feels so solid in your hand."

Naturally, Schiller was excited about the iPhone 5S as well. "It sets a new standard for smartphones, packed into its beautiful and refined design are breakthrough features that really matter to people, like Touch ID, a simple and secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger," he noted.

The all-new A7 chip makes iPhone 5S the world's first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for speedier performance, and it's equipped with a brand new 8 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash. iPhone 5S, available in silver, gold and "space gray", also comes with iOS 7 and a bevy of new features such as Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and iTunes RadioSM.

The suggested retail prices for the 5S, with 2-year wireless plans, are $199 USD for the 16GB model, with the 32GB version going for $299 and the 64GB model priced at $399. The two new iPhones will be available next week in Canada, US, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.

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