The iPhone 5s is finally out, and like all ‘s’ suffixed devices we have had from Apple so far, it is almost identical to its predecessor. Apple chose to add some freshness to the new iPhone 5s range by introducing some new color options, space grey, gold and white. However, that’s just a part of the iPhone 5s story, as the new Apple flagship smartphone also comes with some cool innovative features.
Topping the list is an integrated fingerprint sensor which is a first on any iPhone variant so far, though not the first for the entire smartphone genre. (Motorola Atrix was the first to include a fingerprint sensor). This no doubt will make for one of the most secure iPhones we have ever had. The system is designed to scan the “sub-epidermal layers” at 500 points per inch. The image gathered is checked for a match with the stored images and will unlock the device only if the match is a success. That’s not all, for the fingerprint scanner can also be used to make secure payments, which means purchasing apps, ebooks, and other content is now simpler and more secured.
Further, the fingerprint samples will be stored on the device itself and will be off limits to any apps and won’t be stored in the cloud either, which means chances of those being manipulated or misused are almost impossible.
The iPhone 5s also comes with new enhanced photographic abilities, equipped as it is with a new lens having an f/2.2 aperture and a new sensor that is one percent larger. This results in bigger pixels with each capable of letting in more light. The same eight megapixel camera is now promising better quality images even in low light conditions. Among its other qualities, users will now be able to capture images in 10fps burst mode as long as the shutter is pressed. Users will also be able to record 720p slow-motion video in 120fps or a 28 megapixel panorama.
As part of its new internal make-up, the iPhone 5s now features an A7 64 bit chip, which Apple claims to be a first for a smartphone. Put another way, Apple is claiming a 40x increase in CPU performance and 56x increase in graphics performance. Running the entire show will, of course, be the new iOS 7 operating system.
Apple has also endowed the new iPhone 5s with what it claims to be the M7 “motion co-processor.” This is designed to analyze data that the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass have to offer and is aimed at creating a new crop of health oriented apps.
As for its price, the iPhone 5s will cost $199, $299 and $399 for the 16, 32 and 64 GB variants. (No 128 GB model as was rumored). Pre-orders start September 13th.