As expected, Apple has taken the wraps off of its latest flagship smartphone at its Cupertino media event on Sept 10 2013.
The 5S has a four-inch 1136×640 display and a Lightning connector, and it retains the iPhone 5’s taller and slimmer profile relative to older models like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. However, it includes a new 64-bit „desktop-class“ system-on-a-chip (SoC) dubbed the A7 that boosts CPU and GPU performance over the A6 in the iPhone 5.
The chip has twice the general-purpose and floating point registers of its predecessor and is up to twice as fast at performing CPU tasks.
Apple claims that the graphics performance in the 5S is 56 times better than in the original iPhone released six years ago.
The iPhone 5S will include a „motion co-processor“ called the M7 that allows the phone to process data from sensors without waking up the phone itself.
Apple is also upgrading the phone’s camera with a new five-element lens at an f2.2 aperture and a 15 percent larger sensor.
The new „true-tone“ flash uses dual LEDs (one warmer and one cooler) to account for the lighting in the room and to light the shot optimally according to the camera app’s monitoring. The iPhone 5S will also be able to take multiple photos with a single shutter trigger and then choose the best one automatically.
The phone will still be available in black and white, but Apple is adding a gold (or „champagne“) color option.
Battery life estimates are „equal to or greater“ than the iPhone 5, with 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 40 hours of music playback, and 10 hours of 3G talk time.
The new model will go on sale September 20 in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK, and it will be in 100 countries total by December 2013.