The cat's out the bag - Apple has revealed the iPhone 5S to the world, complete with dual LED flash and that much-rumoured fingerprint scanner in the form of Touch ID.
So what does the TechRadar team think of Apple's souped-up flagship? Does that S stand for Super or do we think that Cupertino's dished up disappointment? Well you're about to find out, complete with our knee-jerk scores out of five.
Struggling to get excited about this, to be honest. I like the iPhone 5S just fine. A better camera is always nice, the fingerprint scanner is a cool addition although I can totally live without it. The A7 64-bit processing power is cool but since I don't play video games and I'm not that into streaming stuff on my phone, it's not going to bother me not to have all that grunt. I'm more excited about getting iOS 7 back on my iPhone 5. Also, a gold iPhone? How gauche.
Well it's not changed everything...again, but the iPhone 5S looks pretty cool to me. It's not like Apple has been able to sneak anything big past the rumor mill for a few years now so obviously we're not blown away by everything - but that doesn't mean this isn't a fine phone. Camera improvements are welcome, but I'm really regretting having my fingerprints burned off.
Having reported on endless fingerprint sensor rumours for months it's nice to see that it wasn't all in vain. For me, the Touch ID is most interesting thing here as it's a whole new feature that Apple is trying out. As an iPhone 5 owner I won't be in any rush to upgrade (although apparently I've just been phased out anyway - thanks Apple) but as is the usual way, this is really aimed at owners of the phone two iterations before it - the 4S in this case. And with that 64-bit A7 chip it's looking pretty powerful. As a whole, a good package, but there's nothing but the Touch ID that really stands out for me.
There are no surprises here. It seems like Apple can't keep a lid on its secrets anymore. We knew the A7 chip was coming, the fingerprint sensor was expected and event he camera module and flash didn't hold any surprises. However, Apple managed to give a solid presentation on what seems to be a solid smartphone.
I'm tempted to upgrade from my iPhone 5 for the better camera, the better security and faster performance. Apple says that graphics performance is remarkably better than the iPhone 5, and that battery life manages to do better, too.
We knew the iPhone 5S wasn't going to blow us away with a barrage of new features, but I'll be honest, I'm pretty disappointed with what it does offer. A slightly bumped up camera and a couple of new colours. Wow Apple, you're really out doing yourself here. Yeah it's got a new processor, no surprise, but the same screen, same body and it'll run iOS 7 just like the now defunct iPhone 5.
Its one saving grace however is that fingerprint scanner. We've questioned Apple on its lack of innovation during the past couple of years, but with Touch ID we're once again seeing the genius that it has locked away.
While there was little surprise with the iPhone 5S announcement, the phone is a worthy replacement for the iPhone 5. It's loaded with tech that would actually make me consider buying an iPhone (I've never owned one), which is saying something. Apple's not doing a whole lot new, and I'm making no argument (yet) that this is the innovation Apple needed to score a big win over Android, but all in all this looks like a really nice device that I want to play with at the Apple Store. I'm intrigued by Touch ID, though I wonder how much of a gimmick it will turn out to be.
The iPhone 5S is like the sophisticated, cigar smoking, older brother to the iPhone's angst-ridden 5C. It's also definitely an upgrade on the iPhone 5 but I'm still not completely sold. I've never really liked fingerprint sensors on my laptops so I'm wondering if I'll like them on my phone - though I am curious to see how well it will work.
I guess I'm most interested in what the 5S camera can do since the normal iPhone 5 camera is really simplistic. To sum it up, I didn't get the 4S because I wanted to wait for the 5, so I'll probably stick around and wait for the iPhone 6.