Photo gallery: Hands on with Apple's new iPhonesSeptember 10, 2013: 6:25 PM ET
There was good news and bad news when I finally got to see them with my hands.
FORTUNE -- The good news is that Apple's (AAPL) new plastic iPhone 5C -- the one that comes in colors and starts at $99 with contract -- feels solid and not at all cheap.
The bad news is that it took me a half-dozen tries, two reboots and two different phones before I could get an iPhone 5S to register my thumb print. Maybe there's something wrong with my thumb, but the software had a hard time getting a handle on the very center of my print, and until it did, Touch ID could not move on.