Well the big moment has finally arrived. After months of rumors, reports and speculation, Apple has just taken the wraps off of its new flagship smartphone: the iPhone 5s.
It’s a familiar-looking handset with a bevy of upgrades—including a new 64-bit A7 processor, and a handful of new features. And yes, it looks like there’s a new gold colorway…
For the most part, it looks like all of the rumors have been spot on. There’s 2 new colors: gold and ‘Space Grey,’ and there’s a pill-shaped LED flash on the backside of the handset.
On the inside, the phone is running a brand new system-on-a-chip called the A7—it’s the first 64-bit processor used in a smartphone. And it’s really fast—over twice as fast as A6.
It also appears that there’s a new component called the M7. It’s a “motion co-processor,” and it works alongside the A7 measuring things like the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope.
Battery life doesn’t appear to be much of an improvement over previous models. Apple is quoting 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 Hours of LTE browsing.
The 5s also has an all-new camera, which sports a new five-element Apple-designed lens, an F2.2 aperture and a 15% larger active sensor area. The pixels are larger too:—1.5 microns. The camera is capable of burst-mode, recording video in 720p, and in slow-motion at 120 fps (frames per second).
And finally, Apple saved the best for last: Touch ID. All of the rumors were true, the iPhone 5s has a fingerprint sensor built into its Home button to be used for fast and secure authentication.
The sensor itself is 170 microns thin and is based on capacitive touch technology with a resolution of 500 ppi. This means that users shouldn’t have any problem getting a clean and quick scan.
All of this will be available in 9 countries on September 20, and in over 100 countries by September. And the 16GB model will start at $199 with a carrier contract.