By Andrew Levy
You’ve wanted, waited, and speculated, and now the iPhone 5s has finally arrived. As anticipated the device will be available in the leaked gold, silver, and black variants. From a hardware perspective Apple’s latest flagship sports three brand-new features: a brand new camera sensor larger pixels and tons of new software features including 120 FPS 720p HD video, Apple’s latest A7 processor that is based on a 64-bit architecture (first ever on a phone), and a finger print scanner (Touch ID) that will allow users to securely unlock their phone.
The 5s will also be featuring OpenGL ES 3.0, improved graphics and speed performance, and a new M7 motion sensor chip that features a new accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Battery has also been updated since the 5, now (reportedly) offering 10 hours of talk and LTE browsing, 40 hours of music playback (now you can listen to that 40-hour John Bonham drum solo on one charge), and 250 hours standby.
The new five-element camera will come with f/2.2 aperture and a new two-tone flash. The flash offers 1000 temperature variations that should help guarantee accurate low-light flesh tones. While we may not be looking at the pixel count boasted by the Lumia 1020, it seems like the iPhone 5s will have the camera to beat in the smartphone market.
Touch ID should be offering a whole new security feature set. The sensor is located in the home button on the 5s, users will be able to unlock their phones by simply touching the home button. The new fingerprint sensor can also be used as a password alternative, so instead of inputting your iTunes passcode anytime you want an app or song, you’ll now be able to simply scan your thumb. Additionally Touch ID can support several fingerprints in case there are multiple people using the device. Touch ID will keep all fingerprint info encrypted on your phone and Apple will not be getting any of the info on their servers.
The 5s will be available on contract starting at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB.
source/image source: Apple, Engadget, CNN