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GTA 5 rocks up in a week of Apple news

We’ll start with an apology: if you hate Apple, Apple products, Apple operating systems, people who like Apple products, people who have been inside Apple Stores or just the word Apple, you're only getting four words in this week's newsletter: GTA 5 is out! And that's your lot. Stop! Apple time!

You saw the fancy videos, but how does the iPhone 5S stand up in the real world? A minor price hike means that the iPhone 5S is "one of the most expensive smartphones out there, even on 3G price plans." Is it worth the extra cost? The short answer is "hmmm." It's "one of the most cutting-edge smartphones around, imbued with a top-end camera and a really innovative feature with Touch ID."

That's the good. The bad? Price, the relatively small screen, price and price. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5C - Apple’s first effort at a budget option - is essentially a plastic iPhone 5, and it isn't as cheap as many hoped. The whole thing leaves us rather puzzled. As a device it's nice enough, but "its price tag, overall design and lack of premium feel leave a slightly unpleasant taste."

Both the iPhone 5S and 5C run iOS 7, the latest and possibly greatest version of Apple's mobile operating system. We've put together a list of the major differences between iOS 7 and iOS 6, so you can see whether your favourite features have been affected.

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Rockstar miffed as Amazon delivers some GTA 5 discs four days early
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The week's best buys

The iPad mini is the best iPad Apple has ever created. It offers better value for money, sits more pleasantly in the hand and can handle all the tasks you want many times better than you'd expect.

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a triumph. Sony has taken the best of Android and fused it with its own innovation to make a device that delights in more ways than we can count.
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With commendable core spec and versatile touchscreen, this is a well-thought-out system that can play the latest games with few compromises. And for the money, that's hard to scoff at.

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Are you glad you downloaded iOS 7?
@WombleGallagher Downloaded iOS7 and now my iPhone looks like Windows 8... What the hell is going on?
@nightynouse Why isn't there a "turn down the garish colour and contrast" option? Otherwise excellent so far.
@J2Kell iOS 7 seems to be slower... It's like an android phone!
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