The latest flagship iPhone from Apple, the iPhone 5S might not have a lot of physical design changes, but there are plenty of improvements compared to the iPhone 5 to get excited about.
iPhone 5S overview
We all expect miracles every time Apple announces a new model of the iPhone, but some times the small improvement and changes are enough. The iPhone 5S is such a case. The form factor is largely the same as the iPhone 5, but Apple has made a lot of both external and internal improvements, including the color options (gold, silver, and space grey) and perhaps the biggest new addition in the fingerprint sensor.
The new fingerprint identity sensor forms part of the home button on the iPhone 5S, allowing you to use your fingerprint to unlock the device, a nifty new feature that with time is likely to open up a lot of new and interesting features (think payment amongst other things). The Touch iD feature also allows you to let trusted friends or family members use your iPhone.
Apple has also included their latest A7 chip with a 64-bit architecture, arguably a first for main stream smartphones. This also makes the iPhone 5S ultra fast, or as Apple themselves describes it; “CPU and graphics performance up to 2x faster than the A6 chip”. Apple has also thrown in an M7 coprocessor that allows for example third party fitness apps to track physical activity based on motion without engaging the core A7 processor, saving you battery time and making your iPhone 5S work more efficiently. This new feature also has a lot of other great applications, such as recognizing driving versus walking when using maps, and reducing alerts and notifications when you are asleep.
At the front of the phone is the new FaceTime HD camera, and at the back is a new iSight camera with some serious improvements. We are talking larger sensor, pixels, and aperture to let in more light, creating better and more natural photos. You can now also do burst photos (up to 10 photos per second), slow motion video, and live video zoom amongst other. The new dual true tone LED flash also allows for better lighting of your photos.
And of course, the iPhone 5S is built for the new iOS 7, so there is plenty to get excited about.
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