Goodbye iPhone 5! It’s going to be Apple iPhone 5S and 5C for this year. Apple announced on Tuesday’s event that it is going to replace iPhone 5 with two devices this year, one a ‘fruity’ and colorful iPhone 5C that shares the same specs of last year’s iPhone 5S with just a slightly bumped up battery and then the new flagship device iPhone 5S that sees new features and hardware internals.
What is new in iPhone 5S?
To begin with for those with fetish for Golden colors, it is available in Gold color, if not you can pick between ‘Space grey’ and black. Physically it is very similar ‘iPhone’ and iPhone 5 at it with the 4-inch display, aluminum build and industrial design. It shares the same dimensions as iPhone 5 but the home screen sports a ring around it, about which we will talk a little later. The biggest new addition though is the new A7 chip that’s been re-engineered for 64-bit architecture. Apple claims iPhone 5S is the first smartphone ever to feature 64-bit architecture. How far it will enhance the device is yet to be ascertained. Though the chief whips of Apple touts the new phone to be much faster than its predecessors. It runs on the latest iOS7.
The rumors and leaked images were bang on right about the finger screen sensor to be introduced with the new iPhone 5S and also its position that would be built right into the home button. If multiple users use a phone, it stores a maximum five finger prints. Other than unlocking, the Touch ID can also be used to authenticate app purchases via iTunes. The ring is a laser cut sapphire crystal cover and it acts as a lens capturing the finger prints at 500 ppi resolution and scans sub-epidermal skin layers and can read 360 degrees.
iPhone 5s camera
While retaining the same 8-megapixel camera, iPhone has put in a bigger new f/2.2 aperture sensor for better imaging. The LED flash has undergone a change too with a twin LED flash which the company claims gives a better natural colour. It has also enhanced and added new software features to camera like Slo-Mo, 28-megapixel panorama creator and a “burst mode” that captures a series of pictures and picks the best one.
iPhone 5S pricing and availability
iPhone 5S begins at a $199 for 16GB model and $299 and $399 for 32GB and 64GB respectively. iPhone 5S pre-order starts on September 13 and a week later from Sept 20th onwards, you can purchase in US, Australia, Canada, China, France, UK, Germany, Japan and Singapore. By December end, it is expected to hit 100 countries.