Apple unveil two new handsets

Apple unveil two new handsets

Apple has unveiled two new iPhone models at an event in California, splitting its flagship product into both premium and more affordable offerings for the very first time.

The new iPhone 5S is set to feature a new chip that the company claims will be capable of offering desktop computer-quality performance.

Other features include an improved camera, as well as a fingerprint security scanner.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 5C will use a plastic body and come with many of the existing features of the iPhone 5.

Both devices will run Apple's new operating system, iOS7, which it hopes will allow it to compete to the stern tests being posed by rivals such as Google and Microsoft.

Both models are also set to support the 4G offerings from both Vodafone and O2, which were both launched last week. Apple's flagship iPhone had previously only worked with EE.

It means that businesses are set to receive a greater level of choice in terms of who they decide to use as their carrier for superfast mobile broadband, enhancing the potential for companies to find the right solution and tariff for their needs.

Another feature that has managed to catch the eye of many IT operators working in small or medium-size businesses (SMBs), is the feature of the fingerprint sensor, which could soon help Apple gain ground in terms of being used for bring your own device (BYOD) policies being implemented by many companies.

One of the main stumbling blocks for firms reluctant to adopt BYOD is the issue of security, and although both Apple and its rivals have tried a whole host of different ideas in order to address the issue, such as device wiping and biometric protection, some companies still view the adoption of such a policy as something of a risk.

But that could all soon change, as the use of fingerprint identification allows for a two-tier security system that will allow users to mix something they know, a passcode, with their finger, which cannot be copied by anyone.