The iPhone 5S is one of the most anticipated tech launches of the year and so it's no surprise that it was subject to months of rumour and speculation in the run up to its official unveiling.
As notoriously tight lipped as Apple is about upcoming products, a lot of information on the iPhone 5S still managed to slip through ahead of time and as it turns out a lot of it was right.
But now with the iPhone 5S officially announced and the details confirmed, here are the ten things that you really need to know about it.
It is in fact called the iPhone 5S:
In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Apple has confirmed that the new iPhone is called the iPhone 5S. That follows the standard iPhone convention of following up a numbered model with an improved 'S' version.
It's a little bit colourful:
While the shape and design is the same as the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S is available in a few new colours. Specifically silver, 'space grey' (is space grey?) and a bling-tastic gold model.
It's got an improved camera:
Somewhat surprisingly Apple has stubbornly stuck with 8MP for the camera in the iPhone 5S. That's not to say it's not been improved though. It has a 15 percent larger sensor area which allows for bigger pixels and better quality pictures.
It also includes a new flash called 'True Tone' which aims to make colour tones look more natural and avoid clashing colour temperatures. Plus it can shoot slow motion video at 120fps and can stitch together shots to create 28MP panoramas.
It's got a fingerprint scanner:
Rumours of a fingerprint scanner have been buzzing around for a while and it turns out they were true. The iPhone 5S has a fingerprint reader built into the home button, it's called Touch ID and it gives you a new way to keep your handset secure and/or endlessly show off to all your friends who are stuck tapping out a pin to unlock their phones.
It can also be used to authenticate iTunes purchases and you can operate it simply by placing your finger on the home button - you don't actually need to press it.
It will be out very soon:
Apple tends to have new products on the shelves shortly after announcing them and the iPhone 5S is no exception.
It's been confirmed that the handset will be available to buy in the U.K. and U.S. from the 20 of September, so if you want to be among the first to get your hands on it you might want to start queuing now.
It's not cheap:
The iPhone 5S is going to set you back at least £549, $649, AU$869 SIM-free for 16GB of internal storage. Meanwhile the 32GB version is £629 (US$749, AUD$999) and the 64GB version is a wallet shredding £709 (US$849, AUD$1,129).
It's got a shiny new A7 processor:
A processor upgrade was always likely and it's come in the form of the new A7 chip. It's a 64-bit chip, making it the first of its kind to ever grace a smartphone. It's roughly the same size as the A6 chip despite containing around twice as many transistors, the upside of all this? Both its CPU and graphics are twice as fast.
It's also got a new 'M7' motion co-processor which continuously measures and keeps track of motion data. Essentially it's gunning for the fitness tracker market, allowing the iPhone 5S to (in combination with apps) take on the likes of the Nike FuelBand.
It will ship with iOS 7:
We've already had a good look at iOS 7 but it's going to make its proper debut on the iPhone 5S (and the iPhone 5C). As well as adding new features it gives the interface a complete and much needed visual overhaul, freshening up an operating system that was in danger of looking stale.
Its battery has been given a boost:
Battery life is the bane of most smartphones and the iPhone 5 was no exception so it's nice to see that the battery has been given a boost for the iPhone 5S.
While Apple hasn't confirmed how big the iPhone 5S battery is, they have announced some stats for it. It can manage up to 250 hours of standby time, 10 hours of talk time on 3G, 10 hours of internet, 10 hours of video or 40 hours of audio. Almost all of that is up from what the iPhone 5 could manage.