Yesterday, as it always does around this time of year, the circus came to town. There were clowns, jugglers, dancing bears, acrobats, monkeys riding elephants, and oh yeah, a couple of new iPhones.
Yes, I'm talking about another Apple special event, only this time somebody forgot to pack the "special."
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There was, of course, the iPhone 5c, whose primary distinguishing characteristic is that it's available in a plastic case featuring five kindergarten-friendly color schemes. (I see a new ad slogan brewing: "Plastic -- it's fantastic!") Then there was the iPhone 5-little-s, which replaces the iPhone 5 in Apple's product line, but not the iPhone 4-big-S. It seems that, like certain passwords, Apple phones are now case-sensitive.
The 5s features a faster processor, a better camera, a gold band, and something that actually is worth writing about: the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that lets you log into the phone and make iTunes store purchases using only your digits. As ITworld's "Thank You for Not Sharing" blogger Dan Tynan notes, Touch ID on the 5s could well be the thing that makes biometrics go mainstream -- and not necessarily in a good way.
Next week, of course, Edward Snowden will release a series of truly hideous PowerPoint slides detailing how the NSA already has all our fingerprints on file, ready for that moment when each of us is declared a terrorist suspect.
As for the rest of humanity, well, those animal noises you keep hearing are the sound of 10 million bloggers all yawning at once: