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Reports say consumers want the more colorful iPhone 5C

IPhone 5S inventory is significantly lower than that of the iPhone 5C, according to mobile carriers. 

A new report from All Things D says that carriers have received the iPhone 5S in extremely low numbers for the Friday launch. One carrier even said it will have "grotesquely unavailable inventory.”

However, the carriers say they have a plentiful amount of iPhone 5Cs available, which will launch this Friday as well. 

So why the gap in supply? All Things D says it's because customers prefer the colorful 5Cs as opposed to the 5S. The 5C comes in five vibrant colors while the high-end 5S comes in grey (black), silver and gold. 

The report notes that demand for the high-end version may be less than expected, as well.

The iPhone 5C is touted as the "budget" iPhone, sporting a $99 price tag for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model (both with two-year contracts). The iPhone 5S runs $199, $299, and $399 for 16GB 32GB, and 64GB versions respectively. Both phones are expected to launch at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile this Friday. 

Source: All Things D

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RE: Is this any surprise?
By Tony Swash on 9/18/2013 8:27:42 PM , Rating: 0
This is a sales tactic more than a useful security feature. Most people don't lock their phones anyway. But those who use pin coded or other methods, have a far more secure phone than the iPhone.

And save the marketing speech for someone who isn't ignorant. There hasn't been a single viable fingerprinting method that can't be defeated by using a lifted print. And guess what your iPhone has all over it? Your thumbprints.

Just wait, in a few weeks the Internet will be ablaze with how-to videos showing how easily defeated iTouch is from a security standpoint using lifted prints.

Using the favorite term of Android bashers like yourself, iTouch is a gimmick.

You are such a technical neophyte. Somehow all the technical discussion of the unique technology used in the iPhone 5s fingerprint recognition system, technology Apple acquired when it bought AuthenTec last year, has passed you by.

Do try to keep up.

Even a cursory reading of the technical reports on the new Apple fingerprint system would reveal that your fantasy of lifting prints to crack it is ludicrous. That sort of trick only works on the sub-par fingerprint systems used on some PCs and Android phones.

In the recently issued Authentec/Apple patent which covers the technology used in the new iPhone 5s a fingertip is imaged via a different technique: Radiofrequency scanning. Skin and flesh, thanks to the cocktail of chemicals they contain, have their own electrical signature--meaning a human body can in fact block a radio signal of the right frequency, while other frequencies sail right through us more or less unaffected. The sensor in the new patent makes use of this fact by sending out very precise radio signals over a very short range and detecting the signals that have been affected by the bumps and gaps in a human fingertip. Basically the tiny ridges of flesh in a fingerprint affect the electrical signals coming from the sensor array in a measurable way, allowing the device to calculate the position and alignment of all the whorls and loops.

The advantage of this system is that you couldn't fool it with an image of a fingerprint or a latex cast of a fingerprint because the RF signals from the sensor have to interact with a material that has a flesh-like radio response in order to register the print. The sensor can also detect live tissue beyond the simple skin of a fingerprint, which means you can't even chop someones finger off and use that to crack it.

This fingerprint technology is so superior to what anyone else is using, and is delivered by Apple in such a well designed way which immediately offers tangible benefits to end users, that it will rapidly become the standard by which all phone security systems are judged. And Apple owns all the patents.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By ritualm on 9/18/2013 9:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
You are such a technical neophyte.

Written by someone who is himself literally a technical neophyte.
Somehow all the technical discussion... has passed by you.

There is nothing unique about the fingerprinting system you're so fond of raving about. The US government had it for decades. PCs had it for years. Even Android phones beat Apple by at least three years.
This fingerprint technology is so superior

Indeed, it is so superior that most security experts - whose reputations are worth their weight in gold - highly recommended it be used in conjunction with other security measures.

It is not foolproof.

It is easily circumvented with methods a thousand times cheaper than the phone itself.

It provides absolutely zero security, in return you willingly give the NSA a full, verifiable, and traceable copy of your fingerprint with your explicit permissions.

It is more complicated than entering a PIN, let alone slide-to-unlock.

Nope, your tactics aren't flying past my BS detectors.

RE: Is this any surprise?
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/19/2013 11:14:43 AM , Rating: 2
Tony, Tony, Tony *shakes head*

Fingerprint biometric security systems have been in use for several years now in far more complex systems than an iPhone. I've had the misfortune of trying to use them in many iterations only to disable them due to the constant hassle of misreading and having to re-register my fingerp4rints multiple times.

As well most of my colleagues that have used these biometric devices have experienced the same pain and themselves proceeded to disable them.

At best biometric security devices are hit and miss. At worst they actually hamper your ability to use the device.

Go ahead and shout your joy over this gimmick foo the highest mountain all you like. I would also love to see your tears when your uber-secure iPhone locks you out (and possibly erases itself) of it because you scuffed the skin on your thumb and it no longer recognizes you.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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