Tech giant Apple officially unveiled its new flagship smartphone iPhone 5S at its headquarters in Cupertino, California on Tuesday night (September 10, 2013). The latest device has the same overall design and 4-inch display as its predecessor iPhone 5 but it has a completely new feature set. The iPhone 5S has a faster 64-bit A7 processor that is an incredible 56 times as fast as the original iPhone. That makes the handset become the first smartphone to be 64-bits. It also adds a chip that continuously monitors motion, providing data for fitness apps. Meanwhile, iOS 7 supports the 64-bit chip, too.
Apple’s new flagship 5S model also has an improved camera with a new Apple-designed lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a sensor that's 15 percent larger. Although it has the same 8 megapixel camera as the iPhone 5 but each pixel is bigger to capture more light. Besides, there’s a new flash called True Tone, with dual-LED. In addition, the camera features a slow-motion option, shooting at 720p and 120 frames per second. It offers a new image stabilizer and a new 10-shot burst mode, too.
As for battery life, the iPhone 5S will allow for 10 hours of talk time over 3G, 10 hours of browsing on LTE, 250 hours of standby, 40 hours of music and 10 hours of video.
However, beyond that, the iPhone 5S has the standout feature called the Touch ID sensor, which is built directly into the home button. The new fingerprint scanner has 360-degree readability, meaning that it should be able to recognize your fingerprint regardless of orientation. Additionally, the sensor is about 170 microns thin with 500 ppi resolution and used to unlock the iPhone 5S or make purchases.
Going on sale on September 20, the iPhone 5S will come in three models: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399, with a two-year contract. Especially, the iPhone has burst into colour after five years in black and white. It will be available in silver, gold and space gray.