iPhone 5S is the latest flagship smartphone from Cupertino giant Apple featuring next generation iOS 7 operating system. It is world’s first smartphone to feature 64-bit desktop class architecture for blazing fast performance. In size, it is practically identical to iPhone 5 and measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm in dimensions and weighs 110g. The iPhone 5S is Apple’s first device to feature a Touch ID sensor, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your iPhone with just the touch of a finger. Built into the home button, Touch ID uses a laser cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyze it to provide accurate readings from every angle. The sensor is 170 microns thin and scans sub-epidermal skin layers to recognize your fingerprint. The iPhone 5S features a 4-inch Super HD display. It is powered by A7 processor and 2GB RAM. In addition to that iPhone 5S comes with a new M7 motion coprocessor that measures motion data continuously with the help of accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Developers can access new CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M7 to create even better fitness and activity apps. For multimedia, iPhone 5S packs an 8 Mega Pixel iSight camera at back with a larger f/2.2 aperture for better sensitivity and low light performance. It also includes a new True Tone flash, Burst mode (up to 10 frames per second), Slo-mo video supported at 120fps and a new FaceTime HD camera. For connectivity, it supports Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and LTE mobile connections. There is still no NFC technology in the latest flagship smartphone. The iPhone 5S comes pre-installed with a newly designed Apple iOS 7. It is the seventh major update and the most radical overhaul in the user interface of iOS since it first launched back in 2007.
The iPhone 5S will come in three different colors – black, gold and silver and the SIM-free handset will be available in UK for £549 for the 16GB variant, £629 for the 32GB variant and £709 for the 64GB variant. The cases for iPhone 5S will be available in beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and red for suggested retail price of $39. The iPhone 5S will compete against other flagship smartphones like Sony Xperia Z1, LG G2, Moto X, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020, BlackBerry Z30 and Samsung Galaxy S4. It will be available to purchase in stores from September 20th. A new iPhone 4S 8GB model will also be available for free on a 2 year contract. Stay tuned for more updates or follow @harrym20 on Twitter.
Update : According to WSJ report, Apple’s new iPhone 5S, which features a fingerprint scanner, won’t store actual images of users’ fingerprints on the device. The ‘Touch ID’ system only stores “fingerprint data”, which remains encrypted within the iPhone’s processor. The iPhone 5S then uses the digital signature to unlock itself or make purchases in Apple’s iTunes, iBooks or App stores. Apple testers have found the device sometimes doesn’t work with sweaty hands.
Update : The European hacker association Chaos Computer Club claims that it has successfully hacked into Apple’s latest Touch ID scanner. The process requires a 2400 DPI picture of someone’s fingerprint from a glass surface, which is then laser printed at 1200 DPI and used to create a thin latex sheet that serves as the fake. If the claim is verified, it will be embarrassing for Apple as the company is betting big on the security of Touch ID system to differentiate from other flagship smartphones.
Update : Apple officially announced that it has sold a record breaking nine million new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C since September 20th. In addition more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7.
Update : A fake ad (pictured below) claims that Apple’s new iOS 7 makes your iPhone waterproof. It says, “In an emergency, a smart switch will shut off the phone’s power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry”. This particular ad has circulated across several social media websites. I hope no one has believed in this hoax and if they did then good luck with your Apple Care warranty.
Update : According to AllThingsD report, apps on Apple’s latest flagship iPhone 5S appear to be crashing at twice the rate as on iPhone 5C or iPhone 5. In addition to that some users are experiencing Windows like ‘blue screen of death’ while working with iWorks suite.
Update : According to a new USA Today report, Apple has lost its magic touch with the new iOS 7 operating system.