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What The Tech World Is Saying About The iPhone 5S & 5C

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPhones during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPhones during an Apple product announcement at the Apple campus on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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CUPERTINO (CBS/AP) — Should you get a new “space gray” iPhone 5S that scans your fingerprint or its cheaper little sister the 5C, which is encased in candy-colored plastic?

A barrage of reviews arrived this week, ahead of Apple’s Friday release of two new iPhones. Here’s a sampling of what tech reporters, columnists and bloggers are saying about the new iPhone 5C and 5S…

- Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal: “If you are an iPhone fan with any model older than the iPhone 5, the new 5S will be a big step up. If you own an iPhone 5, there’s less of a case for upgrading, unless you want the fingerprint reader and improved camera.”

- David Pogue, The New York Times: “(The) speed of innovation seems to be slowing down, but don’t let that depress you. Focus instead on the silver lining: you can keep your current phone longer without feeling obsolete quite so soon.”

- Rich Jaroslovsky, Bloomberg: “If you like Apple products, you’ll like these; if you don’t, you won’t.”

- Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press: “Who knew biometric authentication could be such a blast?”

- Lauren Goode, AllThingsD: “While the 5c looks and feels very familiar, it’s still a good phone and an improvement over the 5. But its improvements are evolutionary, not revolutionary.”

- John Gruber, Daring Fireball: “The 5S is another engineering triumph for Apple (and no slacker in the fashion/branding game either). The 5C, though, is purely an emotional play – and, I think, a winning one.”

- Scott Stein, CNET: “The iPhone 5S delivers an improved camera, a nifty fingerprint sensor, and a next-gen CPU and motion-tracking chip.”

(Copyright 2013 CBS San Francisco. All right’s reserved.)

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