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iPhone 5S? 5C? Navigating Your Options.

When I’m not spending my time on Tumblr, I am a Store Manager at an Apple Store. One of the more popular questions that I am asked is when or if the iPhone 5S/5C will be released.

To be completely honest, we have no idea, by we, I mean anyone who works in an Apple Store.

We might get hints during our weekly conference calls with corporate that there are changes coming our way but never have we been told outright that X product will be released on X date.

Regardless of that fact, I enjoy combing through the rumors that take over the internet once a drop of information leaks out of Cupertino.

The iPhone 5S/5C have been the talk of the town lately, again while Apple isn’t saying anything, it’s more than likely going to be announced during their September 10th event.

The coincidence of iOS7 being released sometime in September/October along with the timing of this event points to either a new iPhone or iPad being introduced.

Now, you may be asking yourself “What’s the difference between the iPhone 5S and the 5C, aren’t they going to be the same?”

If you’re a loyal Apple customer, you’ll know that not to be true (most of the time anyway.) Lets go over some of the differences, from what we “know” anyway.

iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is the direct upgrade to the iPhone 5, this follows in the footsteps of the iPhone 4S being the upgrade to the 4. Personally I haven’t had any issues with the iPhone 5 and didn’t think they’d need to release an S version, but then again Apple caters to their consumers.

The 5S is said to be released in not only gold, but possibly graphite and grey as well. This might be the first time that Apple hasn’t released a phone in black and white.

For tech specs, we don’t have much to go on as of right now, but what we do have is still enough to the get the general public excited.

  • NFC Reader. If the introduction of the NFC Reader is true, this would be huge for Apple, especially since Android has pretty much cornered the market on NFC capable devices. The one issue that I see is Apple has been trying to perfect their AirDrop capabilities in their iOS 7 betas as, from what I believe, an option to NFC.
  • Fingerprint Scanner. During one of the iOS 7 Beta upgrades, it was revealed that there was coding for a Fingerprint scanner. While this might be just to throw off the general public, it also might be true. This would see Apple move away from the physical Home button that tends to break often.
  • 12-megapixel iSight camera. This would be one of the biggest upgrades to the 5S, since the 5 boasted an 8-megapixel iSight camera.
  • Rumors persist that the A6 chip will be upgraded to the faster A7 as well as boasting 2GB of RAM, making it one of the fast devices in the smartphone market.

Screen size and clarity seems to not have changed, which honestly isn’t surprising as the iPhone 5 had a pretty clear screen itself. I know that Apple is behind in terms of screen size width and size, but then again the iPhone has never been created for use as a video device. That’s why Apple created the iPad.

iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C is supposedly being released as Apple’s “budget” iPhone. Recent reports predict that the 5C is actually going to take over for the 5 and the iPhone 4 will be Apple’s true budget iPhone.

Specs for the 5C are hard to come by, but if it is going to take over for the iPhone 5, I’d expect it to be close or have at least the same specs that the 5 has.

The main difference is that the 5C is supposed to come in different colors. The biggest hint towards this is on the start up screen of iOS 7, I have the black iPhone 5 with the iOS 7 beta on it and it starts up with a black screen and white Apple logo. A colleague of mine has the white 5 and his phone starts up with a white background and a black Apple logo.

That might mean nothing but again there have been reports that Apple has been experimenting with different colored start up screens and it would make sense with the 5C reportedly being released in a few different colors.

Conclusion

Apple is one of the more secretive companies in terms of product specs, we can speculate as much as we want but we won’t know until the product is finally announced.

I am looking forward to the event on September 10th and if you’re an Apple customer or fanboy, I know you are as well.

If everything about the iPhone 5S comes to be true, I’ll be right in line to purchase my own, even though I might not need it. That in the end is why Apple has been so successful, you might not need the product but Apple knows that if they release it, you’ll purchase it.

A quick guide to tailoring your suits.

Many men fall into the habit of purchasing a suit off the rack at the local Macy’s* or JCPenney* without any thought towards how the suit itself is going to fit.

Tailoring a suit is a worthwhile endeavor that all men who purchase a suit should look into. A well-tailored suit helps portray a keen sense of style and also will catch the eye of everyone in the room as you walk in. 

Most local tailors will tailor your suit without breaking the bank; if you have the money, look into purchasing a tailored suit. Read the guidelines below, they’ve worked for me every time I tailor my suit.

 

*JCPenney and Macy’s actually sell some great suits at decent prices. The issue is that many, if not all, suits are NOT going to be tailored.

 

Suit Trousers

  • Have your tailor pin the back of your trousers to where the sole of your shoe starts and the front to where the laces of your shoes begin.
  • There is such a thing as too skinny/slim! If the material starts to pull and crease under the strain of your body, it’s time to size up.

Suit Jacket

  • Your jacket should end where your thumb joint begins when your hands are by your side
  • Get the jacket taken in at the sides. This helps to create or emphasize the effect of broad shoulders and a slim waist; It’s an easy alteration and really makes the world of difference.
  • You can also get the sleeves thinned if you find that they are too baggy. You can also have individual sleeves taken up or down if you happen to have odd length arms.
  • Ideally you want to show half an inch to an inch of cuff from your sleeve.
  • If you happen to have quite broad shoulders then you may find that the jacket has a slight roll in between your shoulder blades. This is because most suits are cut for guys with a slightly rounded posture so the material will crease here if you are of a more athletic build. It’s easily corrected by a tailor though and ensures the back of your jacket looks cleaner and drapes better.