And finally, the latest iteration of the revolutionary, frequently referred as the gold standard of the smart phones, the iPhone 5s is out. The apple’s latest flagship was announced in company’s own headquarters in Cupertino. We have got all the juicy details under one roof.
Apple claims the new iPhone 5S is a result of forward Thinking. Here’s everything you need to know .
The chip powering the iPhone 5S is A7, a huge leap from what’s found on the iPhone 5. It has a 64 bit architecture, which makes it the very first smartphone on the planet having desktop class processing power. Apple claims that its 2X faster than the iPhone 5 and 40X faster than the original iPhone. The Graphics performance is also twice as fast as its predecessor and is a whooping 56X faster than the original iPhone.
Admiring the novel 64 bit architecture, Phil Schiller claimed that “The other guys are not even talking about it”. Well! turns out to be quite true.
iPhone 5s also features M7 coprocessor which is designed to make the device more efficient. It helps in offloading work from the main A7 chip which results in faster performance and increased battery life. The new M7 chip also knows when you are walking, running or driving.
Every new iPhone comes with an exclusive talked about feature, and the iPhone 5s continues the legacy with a fingerprint sensor, which is officially called the ‘Touch ID’. Gone are the Matrix and Iron man days when this concept seemed abstract, the 5s makes it a reality. The unlocking process is less cumbersome and at the same time cooler. The real catch is not a fingerprint sensor, but the innovation in making a sensor so small and embedding it into the HOME button. Apple certainly has got it right this time!
Touch ID can read multiple fingers, which means it’s not limited to your thumb. Touch ID is deeply integrated into iOS 7, which means that you can set it up to make iTunes purchases as well. In Layman’s terms; your fingers are now your password. Win.
The iPhone 5s is very much in the same vein as the iPhone 4S. It’s almost identical to the iPhone 5. Aside from the rather distinctive Touch ID sensor, the iPhone 5s looks very similar to its older brother. The design contains a redesigned home button with a metal ring around it.
Having said that, there is one key difference; the iPhone 5s comes in gold color configuration as well, a decision which is likely to split the crowd as much as it already has. But while we perhaps all have opinions on whether a gold iPhone is a good idea or not, the fact remains that it’s another option, which can never be a bad thing.
Gold, Silver, and Space Gray
Like the iPhone 5 before it, the iPhone 5s is fully supportive of 4G LTE with support for even more bands around the globe, and with many cellular providers now driving forward their efforts towards 4G, this can only be a good thing. Ideal for streaming movies and downloading music, 4G LTE ensures ultra-fast data speeds when not connected to a hotspot, and with the iPhone 5 having been the first handset to offer support, the iPhone 5s follows on in a similar vein. Rest is pretty standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 etc.
The iPhone features a rear-facing 8-megapixel, F2.2 wide aperture lens affair, and features 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second, and up to 120 frames per second at 720p, which is a massive leap on the iPhone 5. But that’s not just it; the image sensor is now 15 percent larger, which allows more detail to be captured in low light.
Still wondering about the 120fps part? Apple is introducing Slo-Mo with the new iPhone 5s, which lets you slow down parts of your video for that oh-so dramatic video shot.
To top things off, the iPhone 5s’ camera now takes photos in burst mode, too. If you’re into taking action shots, then the new burst mode will assure you never miss a scene.
Camera also features Auto image stabilization.
It also has a 720p FaceTime HD camera, which will make calling your near and dear ones a pleasurable experience.
Apple has a bigger battery, which offers 10 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of 3G Web browsing, 10 hours of Web browsing on LTE, 10 hours of Web browsing on Wi-Fi. The iPhone 5s offers 250 hours of standby time, with 10 hours of continuous video playback, and 40 hours of music.
The iPhone 5S will offer 16, 32 and 64 GB storage options. More storage is always welcomed in a world which is dominated by apps. The earlier versions may find the 64 GB storage crippling, the A7 will keep ticking smoothly because of its 64 bit design.
The iPhone 5s comes with standard lightning-2-USB cable, Apple USB charger, Earpods and documentation. Apple has also introduced premium leather covers alongside the new flagship. $39 price may not be welcoming. Multiple colors are available.
The 16 GB 5S will cost $199, the 32GB model will cost $199 and the 64 GB model will cost $299 on a two-year contract. The price for the unlocked model is as follows: 16GB for $649 for 32 GB and $749 for 62GB. The pre orders will go live starting September 13th, and will be available in stores on September 20th in United States.
The real question is: when will it be launched in India? Taking clues from previous releases, it will release in India not before October end. Tim Cook has promised to release the iPhone in 100+ countries by December end. Apple has made it clear that their next priority is China and India. Well! the fruit company may surprise us this time.