Finally, and after some nail biting anticipation and speculation, Apple revealed the new additions to Apple’s lineup, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5s is a major leap from of the iPhone 5, which although quite similar aesthetically, offers much more serious horsepower, as well as some pretty impressive bells and whistles. In fact in its latest incarnation, the iPhone 5s is quite groundbreaking with its list of features.
The iPhone 5s is being touted as the first smartphone to be driven by a chip with 64-bit architecture. The iPhone 5s’ A7 chip churns out CPU and graphics performance up to 2x faster than the older A6 chip of the iPhone 5. It runs a 64-bit version of iOS 7, meant to run the A7 chip optimally. The A7 chip supports OpenGL ES version 3.0, delivering gaming console-caliber graphics in addition to complex visual effects.
A lot of buzz is being generated by the iPhone 5s’ touch ID. It is a fingerprint identity sensor incorporated into the phone’s Home button. The feature unlocks the phone and also approves purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, and the iBooks Store. The Home button is constructed from sapphire, making it scratch resistant.
The impressive 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5s sports a 15 percent larger sensor, larger pixels measuring 1.5 microns and an aperture of f/2.2 allowing more low light capability. It has a Continuous burst mode capable of shooting 10 frames per second, and has real-time analysis suggesting individual shots or a sequence of photos. A True Tone Flash adjusts flash intensity as well as color. An auto-image stabilization helps decrease noise and movement from wobbly hands or mobile subjects. The camera also has slow motion video at 120 frames per second at 720p. Live video zoom for zooming in while shooting is now also standard.
For those always on VOIP, an HD 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime Camera is standard and comes with a backside illumination sensor (BSI sensor) for those low-light images, as well as support for 720p HD video recording.
Other features are support for a large number of 4G LTE bands, new phone color options, extended battery life and free bundled apps. Read more about Apples much awaited iPhone 5s here. It will be available for orders come September 20.
For those with a more limited budget, the iPhone 5C is a viable option. The iPhone 5C may sound similar to the iPhone 5 when it comes to internal specifications, but externally, the 5c comes in green, pink, yellow, blue and white color schemes, a far cry from the standard white and black options. It appears to be as capable as the iPhone 5, making it a competitive option for consumers who have not yet switched to the iPhone because of its price point.
Needless to say, tech junkies are eager to test out these two new additions to the Apple lineup to see how they perform against each other and against older models such as the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5.