The New iPhone 5S


Photo by Jakob Patterson

Introducing the new, reinvented iPhone 5S equipped with fingerprint scanner and improved camera!

On September 10, 2013 Apple announced the long awaited successor to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S is the seventh iPhone to be announced since the original model in 2007. The iPhone 5S will be available on September 20, 2013 in three different colors: space gray, silver, and gold. The 5S will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB. The iPhone 5S will be available on all four carriers in the U.S.: including Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. This iPhone not only has changes from within the phone but has changes on the outside of the phone as well.

In terms of design, the new iPhone 5S does not differ much from its predecessors, except for two different, unusual ways. The first change is the camera: the rear camera sensor is 15% larger than the iPhone 5 and uses 1.5 micron pixels for improved low-lighting situations. Apple also includes with the camera a twin LED flash that Apple is calling “True Tone”, which allows for one cool white flash and a second warmer flash that automatically changes depending on the situation. Also included is burst mode and 120fps slow motion video recording at 720p resolution. The second design change is the change to the home button which now features a TouchID ring. The TouchID allows for a fingerprint scanner as a new security option on the iPhone 5S. The TouchID is made out a scratch resistant material called sapphire crystal, allows for multiple fingerprints, and requires an actual live finger to access the phone.

Performance on the iPhone 5S is considerably higher than previous models. In the iPhone 5S many new upgrades are present that are easily noticeable than previous iPhones. The new iPhone has an A7 CPU, which is a 64-Bit chip and will include iOS 7 preinstalled. It is up to 40% faster in terms of CPU performance and it is 56% faster than the original iPhone in terms of GPU tasks. The iPhone 5S has includes M7 Motion Coprocessor, which takes care of accelerometer, compass and gyroscope duties. This can tell whether or not you’re walking, driving or stationary. Battery life on the iPhone 5S can manage up to 10 hours using 3G or 4G browsing and up to 250 hours on standby, lasting only on a single charge. LTE will also be available in the new iPhone and will use global bands, which will allow you to use your iPhone anywhere in the world. The new iPhone 5S  has separated itself from previous models and is a reasonable choice when choosing your next Smartphone.