If iPhone 5C was about retiring iPhone 4, and making iPhone 5 $100 cheaper, the newly announced iPhone 5S is about the best stuff Apple can think off to put in its next generation flagship.
Most of the iPhone 5S specs and features have been leaked before, but Apple still had a few surprises in store on a launch day.
The first and biggest one – a new A7 CPU that runs the whole shebang. It’s runs on 64-bit architecture, just like your desktop PC. According to Apple, A7 CPU and graphics performance is twice as fast as previous A6 chip.
iPhone 5S also comes with a dedicated motion processor, dubbed M7, which continuously gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass even when device is asleep, and Core Motion APIs, which let developers make use of it. This is an interesting combo that should create a whole new class of activity and fitness apps.
Apple has made some improvements to iPhone 5S camera. It’s still 8 megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture, but it has 15% larger sensor with 1.5-micron sized pixels and automatic image stabilization, which should allow for better low light pics. iPhone 5S can also shoot 720p video at 120fps.
And, of course, there’s a long rumored fingerprint sensor built into home button, called Touch ID. It reads your fingerprint via capacitive touch sensor at 500 ppi resolution, does it real fast, from different angles. And, at least in demo, seems to work really well. Other apps can use Touch ID, too, ending for iPhone 5s users the need to deal with messy passwords once and for all.
Both iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S preorders start this Friday, and the new devices ship on September 20th. iPhone 5S price in the U.S. is – $199 for 16GB model, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.