11/09/2013

Apple announce iPhone 5 successor - the iPhone 5S

iphone_5s_goldApple announced two new iPhones yesterday and while the iPhone 5C is basically just an iPhone 5 in a coloured plastic case the iPhone 5S is the true successor to the iPhone 5.  At a glance it’s difficult to spot any major changes but the new look home button plays host to a new feature which is likely to catch the most attention and will surely be something competitors will be quickly trying to get on their devices. This new feature is being referred to as Touch ID and what that basically means is the home button is also a finger print scanner, this allows you to biometrically secure your phone instead of having to type in a code or use an unlock pattern.

The iPhone 5C may be practically the same as the iPhone 5 but the 5S does feature some worthy upgrades, the new A7 processor is significantly more powerful than the A6 found in the iPhone 5 and 5C and uses a 64-bit architecture. Apple claim that despite the increase in power the 5S will still manage a full 10 hours of talktime, 40 hours of music playback, and 250 hours of standby time. The camera sensor is 15% larger than the iPhone 5 camera and with image stabilisation, 28-megapixel panoramic photographs, and burst mode the 5S has certainly improved on the photography front.

The new fingerprint sensor could have some very interesting uses and Apple have already announced that Touch ID will be used in situations such as making a purchase on iTunes to make things more secure. Like the last few iPhones there will be both black and white versions but they’ve changed slightly as the white is now silver and white and the black is now grey and black, more  this time there’s a gold option which in our opinion isn’t particularly. The front and parts of the back are white, while the side and middle section of the rear are a dull gold colour. It’s sure to have some fans but the new colour hasn’t been particularly well received by many.

The iPhone 5S and 5C will both be released on September 20th and it will be very interesting to see if the iPhone 5S sells as well or previous models or whether the lack of significant improvements will leave many feeling disappointed with the new offering from Apple.

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