iTunes Radio will launch for US consumers on 18 September, when Apple’s iOS 7 software is officially released. That was about the only music element to last night’s iPhone press launch, bar a guest performance from Elvis Costello. The main attractions were two new iPhone models, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which will both go on sale on 20 September. The 5c is a redesigned version of last year’s iPhone 5, with the main appeal being the choice of blue, green, red and yellow casings, as well as white. It’s the 5s that’s the real next-gen iPhone though, with a much more powerful processor, better camera and a fingerprint sensor built into the Home button that can be used to authenticate iTunes purchases as well as unlocking the phone. So, no announcement of any launch dates for iTunes Radio beyond the US, and no new iPod touch devices either. And just one big stat: Apple expects to sell its 700 millionth iOS device next month, which with rival Android having recently passed the 1bn milestone, is a reminder of how Apple and Google have carved up the smartphone and tablet market between them.
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