Today, during a special press conference hosted at Apple’s Cupertino, CA, headquarters, the tech giant revealed the iPhone 5S, its latest version of the iPhone.
We all knew this was coming, given Apple’s habit of releasing a slightly upgraded version of its iPhone line every year. Those holding out for the iPhone 6 will probably have to wait until about this time next year.
In terms of design, the iPhone 5S looks almost identical to the iPhone 5, apart from a new silver (or gold) ring around its home button. It features the same aluminum, two-toned design and 4-inch display. The 5S will be sold in a brand new gold colour though, a step up in choice from the traditional black and white the company has previously offered.
Just like most “S” model iPhones, it seems like hardware is where the iPhone 5S differentiates itsself from the 5. The iPhone 5S features a new A7 64-bit chip, making it the first smartphone to have 64-bit technology. This new hardware makes the iPhone 5 two times faster than the iPhone 5 and 40 times faster than the original iPhone.
It will also feature OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics technology, allowing it to run even high-end video games. A new “motion co-processor” called the M7 lets the phone for continuously measure motion data. This will, “enable a new generation of health and fitness apps,” according to Apple.
As expected, a new fingerprint scanner will also be featured on the iPhone 5S. The new scanner is located on the smartphone’s home button. This new technology is called Touch ID and, according to Apple, adds another level of security to your iPhone. Initially Touch ID will only be used to unlock your phone and make purchases in Apple’s iTunes store. But the technology could eventually be used with other apps and services. Hopefully there will also be an option to disable Touch ID for users who have water proof iPhone cases.
The iPhone 5S’ camera will feature the rumoured dual-LED flash I mentioned in this article. The new flash can flash in white and amber, allowing for 1,000 different colour combinations in the flash. This means photographs will look more balanced and natural with the iPhone 5S.
The 5S’ camera will have the same 8-megapixels as its predecessor but now has a larger f/2.2 aperture and a 15 per cent larger sensor. It also features auto image stabilization and the ability to capture 10 frames per second. Interestingly, the iPhone 5S allows users to record slow-motion camera that lets it record 720p video at 120 frames per second. Basically, the iPhone 5S will shoot better video and images than its predecessor, the iPhone 5.
Surprisingly, the iPhone 5S will have battery life that’s slightly better than the iPhone 5′s, even with its slew of new features and upgraded hardware. Of course this all depends on what you’re doing with your iPhone 5S. If you’re playing high end games or taking advantage of its new fitness monitoring features, odds are the battery won’t last very long.
The 16 GB version of the iPhone 5S is set to sell at $199, the 32 GB will sell for $299 and the 64 Gb will cost $399, with two-year contracts. The iPhone 5S will be released on Sept. 20.
According to MobileSyrup, the iPhone 5S will be released in Canada on Sept. 20. The 16GB version of the 5S will sell for $719 off-contract, the 32 GB $819 and the 64 GB will run you $919.
In Canada, Rogers, Bell, TELUS, MTS, SaskTel, Virgin Mobile, Koodo and Fido will be carrying the iPhone 5S. Unfortunately only Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Virgin and Fido customers will be able to activate them in store on Sept. 20.
During their special press conference today, Apple also announced a colourful budget version of the iPhone 5, called the iPhone 5C and showed off its new operation system, iOS 7.