iPhone 5S Announced: Everything You Need To Know (Fingerprint Scanner, iOS 7, Dual-LED Flash)

After another twelve months of rumours and speculations, the next iPhone is here. Well, there’s two of them – but in this article we’ll give you a round-up of the higher-spec 5S model. You can read about the iPhone 5C release here.

Overview

The iPhone 5S has kept the same design as the iPhone 5 with some very minor changes. The previous colour options are no longer available as now the iPhone 5S is available in Slate, Gold or Silver. There has also been significant processor updates, improvements in the photography section as well as a fingerprint scanner.

iPhone 5S Slate Gold Silver

Processor

The new iPhone now boats as 64-bit A7 processor – the first of it’s kind in mobile devices! Apple claim this is up to 43x faster than the iPhone 5 processing power and so the one-billion-transistor-A7 is pushing boundaries just that little bit further.

Home-button/Touch ID

This seemed to be the biggest talking point on Twitter as the keynote went on. The first clue was given when inital images and demos of the iPhone 5S showed no square on the home button. Very soon afterwards, it was revealed that the iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner embedded within the home button. This allows users to unlock their device without using a passcode. The fingerprint recognition system also works with iTunes so you don’t need to enter your password to access your content. In simple terms, your finger is now your password so keep it safe!

iPhone 5S Home Button Gold

Camera

Personally for me, this was my favourite update – and perhaps the only worthwhile update. I’m not a photographer, but alongside hundreds of millions of other people I use my iPhone as my primary device to capture images and videos. The iPhone 5S now features a dual-LED flashlight that can offer 1000 variations of natural lighting for your snaps.

iPhone 5S Camera And Dual Flash

The lens has also been updated to feature a f2.2 aperture allowing more light into your images bringing them up to “SLR standards”.

In video mode, we can now shoot 720p HD at 120 frames per second, or at full 1080p HD at 60 frames per second.

To top it all off, we can now shoot in burst mode and then manually select the best image, while the front-facing iSight camera remains put and receives a small improvement to 1.2MP.

Connectivity

The iPhone 5S comes with all the standard connectivity options as expected. Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi a/b/g/n variants are all present. Notice that Apple are yet to include WiFi ac and Near-Field-Communication!

Storage

The iPhone 5S will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. The 8GB option has been kicked off the block.

Software

As expected, it will ship with iOS 7 – so no jailbreaking from the get-go – along with a free version of the Apple iWork suite! Other than that, no other significant changes were mentioned.

Pricing & Availability

The iPhone 5S will set you back £550 sim-free from Apple. Pre-orders for the 5S start on September and are available to USA, Canada, UK, Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore. Apple hope to add 150 countries to this list by December 2013. Note, that this is also the first time Chinese customers are getting an Apple device on release.

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