So here it is, no surprise the iPhone 5S! It keeps the same overall physical design as the previous-generation iPhone 5, but it also has a number of upgrades.
Apple have equipped the brand new iPhone 5S so that it can run 64-bit apps (previous models were 32 bits) all thanks to its new processor, the Apple A7. It also packs more than 1 billion transistors into a 102mm chip. Apple have re-engineered all the built-in apps such as Calendar, Email and iPod for the new 64-bit configuration.
Apple says the new A7 chip makes the brand new iPhone 5S five times faster than the iPhone 5 and 56 times than the original iPhone. It supports OpenGL 3.0/ES Version 3.0 for console-level 64-bit graphics. The coming game Infinity Blade 3 will be one of the first games to take advantage of the upgrade to deliver improved graphics.
The iPhone 5S introduces a CoreMotion API for developers, consolidating sensor data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Apple says it’s “optimized for contextual awareness,” such as when the user is in a moving vehicle. Apple says the system will empower a new generation of health and fitness apps.
One of the major additions to the hardware is a fingerprint sensor in the home button, which enables a feature called TouchID. The iPhone 5S scans the fingertip of the person pressing the button, eliminating the need for a lock code. Touch ID also means the end of the repeated ritual of entering your Apple ID password every time you download a new app.
The fingerprint sensor, which has a protective layer of durable sapphire crystal, can store multiple fingerprints and read them from any orientation. They all reside, encrypted, on the A7 chip.
Major Camera Improvements
The iPhone’s camera is also improved with new sensors that have 15% more area. The Apple-designed lens has five elements with an f/2.2 aperture. The larger sensor translates into bigger pixels, and they’re backed by upgraded image-processing software that automatically sets white balance and exposure level in a dynamic, local tone map of the image.
As predicted, the camera is equipped with a dual-LED flash. The two LEDs have different color temperatures, illuminating a scene with warm and cold light to draw out more natural color. The iPhone’s camera also now includes a burst mode that snaps 10 still pictures in one second, panorama photos go up to 28 megapixels, and there’s automatic image stabilization.
Finally, the iPhone 4S camera is capable of capturing HD video at 120 frames per second (fps). The video camera even has a slow-motion mode.
Oh.. And it comes in Gold
Battery life is rated as follows: 10 hours 3G talk, 8 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours LTE or Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours video playback, 40 hours music playback and 250 hours standby.
Apple is also introducing a brand new colour.. The iPhone 5S will be available in white, black and now champagne gold as well. That marks a change from previous generations, which were available only in white and black.
The iPhone 5S will go on sale Sept. 20 in nine countries: the U.S., Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. Like previous generations, it’ll come with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage for $199, $299 and $399, respectively — as long as you sign a two-year contract with your wireless carrier (T-Mobile’s installment pricing may be a little different).
By December, Apple plans to be selling the iPhone 5S in 100 countries on more than 270 carriers. Apple will also offer dyed leather cases for $39 each. Although the iPhone 5S and 5C replace the iPhone 5, Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 4S.