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Yours for only $200
We’ve been waiting for several months now, but it’s finally here. Announced at today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, the New 3DS is finally coming over to North America as well as a couple of exclusive New 3DS titles.
For those unfamiliar with the New 3DS, it features more processing power and RAM, two more shoulder buttons, a C-stick and NFC to take advantage of Nintendo’s Amiibo figures. There is a port of Xenoblade Chronicles coming specifically designed to take advantage of the extra processing power and Super Smash Bros. 4 will be picking up with the Amiibos. There’s also a new Fire Emblem game coming, but we can’t quite yet tell if it will be a New 3DS exclusive. And for the Zelda fans, a remake of Majora’s Mask is coming and there’s even a limited-edition Majora’s Mask version of the console coming.
In Japan, there’s both a New 3DS and a New 3DS XL (or more accurately, LL). The major difference between the two other than the size is that the smaller of the two allows for removable and customization faceplates; the New 3DS XL allows for no such customization. In today’s presentation, Nintendo announced only the New 3DS XL will be coming to North American shelves which leaves people who prefer small hardware like myself out in the dust.
The New 3DS will come in red and black colors unlike Japan which offers white and blue. Curiously, it will ship without an AC adapter with Nintendo opting to let you continue to use your DSi or 3DS charger. If all of this floats your boat, you can pick one up on February 13th for $200.
The rumour mill is full of speculation that the announcement will be unveiling the successor to the current generation of Lumia hardware – namely, the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630. It’s probably no surprise this is happening so close together (and on the //BUILD/ floor, no less) given that Microsoft basically owns Nokia now.
According to speculation, Microsoft will be announcing Windows Phone 8.1 on Day 1 of //BUILD/ and Nokia will be holding their event on the same day, but at 5 PM. What else do we know? Nothing much, so we’ll just have to wait. We’ll be covering the events of //BUILD/ Day 1 as they happen.
Far more than a simple upgrade
They’re here. The new iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C have been unveiled at Apple’s event today after weeks of previous leaks. Let’s start off with the one everyone’s likely to buy, the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 5S, while it shares mostly the same case as the iPhone 5, is a completely different beast under (and even outside of) the hood. For starters, there is an A7 CPU under there which Apple claims is the first 64-bit CPU in a smartphone. This adds up to a 40x performance boost and a 56x boost in the graphics department – as a side note, iOS 7 runs OpenGL|ES 3.0 just like the new Nexus 7. There is also a dual-LED flash with different coloured LEDs so that pictures turn out much better. And of course, there’s new case options: there’s the existing white and silver color, but there’s also white and gold. The original all-black color seems to have been discontinued and replaced with a black and gray color scheme dubbed “Space Black”.
On the 5S, the home button has been blanked and there is now a metal band around it. This is the new fingerprint sensor and can scan your finger up to a resolution of 500ppi and can even scan sub-epidermal layers. The metal band is not the sensor; just an activation switch to turn on the sensor. The actual sensor is built right into the home button. The fingerprint authentication can be used to authenticate with anything that supports it, which at this point is only going to be Apple’s own apps such as the App Store and the iTunes Store. The home button itself is made out of sapphire, just like the camera lens, so it won’t scratch. Stored fingerprint data is also stored locally, is encrypted and will never, ever be uploaded to iCloud.
Now, the older iPhone 5 is being discontinued today. Usually, Apple reduces the price of the previous generation price but that isn’t the case this year. Instead, the iPhone 5 is being replaced with the iPhone 5C, an iPhone aimed at the low-cost market. It is essentially the same old iPhone 5 except with a plastic case and a slightly improved front-facing camera, which Apple is calling Facetime HD. The 5C, if you’re not aware, is a polycarbonate iPhone that comes in white, blue, pink/red, yellow and green and was designed so you wouldn’t see a single seam anywhere. You can also pick up different cases to put your 5C in for a mere $29. This reminds me a lot of the Nokia Lumia lineup, but shh, we shouldn’t talk about the competition here.
You can pre-order your iPhone 5S or 5C on September 13th, and pickup or buying will be on September 20th. By the end of the year, the new iPhones will be out worldwide and on 270 different carriers, which is a huge feat. The 5S will cost you $299 for a 16GB model and $399 for a 32GB model while the 5C will cost you $99 for a 16GB model or $199 for a 32GB model on the usual two-year contract. Curiously, the iPhone 4S will also be sticking around and cost $0 on contract. Off contract, the iPhone 5S will run you $649, $749 or $849 for a 16, 32 or 64GB model, respectively, and the 5C will run you $549 or $649 for a 16 or 32GB model, which is not cheap and is nowhere near the rumoured $450 price point. I guess “C” doesn’t stand for “Cost-reduced” at all…
This was reported on a couple of days ago, but figured now would be a good time to remind everyone out there – Microsoft is holding some sort of mysterious, major event for the press in LA tomorrow with virtually no clue about what the topic of discussion for the event will be. AllThingsD seems to think that the announcement will be somehow related to Windows RT tablets, which are expected later this year.
Tom Warren from The Verge, more specifically, seems to believe that the announcement will be more directly related to Microsoft’s Nook deal with Barnes and Nobles, which we reported on just last month. The Verge believes that we may see a new Nook tablet based on some sort of variant of Microsoft Windows (more than likely Windows RT, but it could also be Windows 8 or Windows Phone, to be fair). This would make particular sense as Microsoft has reportedly been preparing a flagship Windows tablet of their own to better compete with Apple’s iPad, Google’s much rumored Nexus Tablet, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet.
We’ll be sure to report on the announcement as it happens tomorrow, which should be around 6:30 EST.