The iPhone 5S is one of the most sought after mobile phones in the market today. However, compared to some of the top models from other mobile phone manufacturers such as the Xperia Z1, Galaxy S4, or HTC One, the new iPhone 5S looks rather small. Apple obviously thought that their strategy is good enough because the iPhone 5S design and shape remained identical to last year’s iPhone 5. From the looks of it, this might probably change next year since there are rumors circulating that imply Apple is working on designing devices with curved 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens.
With the new iPhone 5S, Apple decided to put more emphasis on improving what is hidden under the hood, and that is primarily related to the fingerprint sensor, 64-bit processor, and camera. Obviously, these small changes are enough for people to eagerly buy the 5S as sales speak for themselves. In the first three days of sales in September 2013, Apple sold over 9 million new iPhones 5S’s and 5C’s.
Touch ID Home Button
The new TouchID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S is certainly one of the features that is most talked about, and it works extremely well. The sensor is located right below the Home button, and it allows you to register five different fingerprints which can be used to unlock the device or to make a purchase on the App Store. Setup is extremely simple, and once you have saved the entire fingerprint, the your finger will be able to unlock the device even if it isn’t perfectly laid straight. This is probably the coolest feature that came out with the new 5S, and it will surely intrigue many iPhone users.
Nothing Much New With the Design
In terms of design, the iPhone 5S offers nothing new. The dimensions of 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and 112 grams of weight are identical with the previous iPhone 5. The only visible difference is in the design of the new Home button which no longer has a square icon, but instead comes with a fingerprint sensor. There is also a change in the appearance of the flash on the back of the device.
In terms of colors, one of the biggest obvious differences is the wide availability of various new colors. By far, the most popular iPhone 5S color seems to be gold, which has proven to be extremely desirable among many customers.
The screen basically remains the same as its predecessor, with the exact same Retina display, resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels and display density of 326 dots per inch.
A More Dynamic Camera
The new 5S seem to have kept the same camera resolution as the 2 year old 4S model. However, if you compare night photos in the gallery, there seems to be some enhanced features to the camera. The sensor is now 15 % higher, and with the aperture of ƒ/2.2, this device receives much more light. The new True Tone flash has white and yellow LEDs that work fine to adjust the intensity and color temperature for better pictures in lower light.
The video-camera has a new cool feature that enables shooting slow-motion videos in 720p resolution, which looks extremely well, and many users found this to be a very exciting and fun new feature. Depending on your knowledge, you could get some really interesting shots.
This is the first phone with 64-bit A7 processor (dual-core at 1.3 GHz). Moving through the iOS 7 menus on the 4S can sometimes be a bit slow, but 5S fixes that. Everything runs very fast and smoothly. Opening the applications, returning to the previous menus, playing games, or using apps transitions very smoothly with no hitches.
The main difference between the current 32-bit and new 64-bit processors in the iPhone 5S is the amount of information that can be processed any time as 64-bit processors support more than 4 GB of memory. By switching iPhone to a 64-bit architecture, Apple opens up various possibilities in the future such as the merger of iOS and Mac OS system wherein we might be able to run the same applications on any device such as the mobile phone, laptop, or desktop computer.
Apps load and work without a hitch with the iPhone 5S. Some of the cool apps which we tried worked really well. Specifically, we tried using the Carbonite online backup app, which worked smoothly. Incidentally, if you are interested in getting Carbonite, this site features the latest coupon offer on Carbonite (if you want to backup all your home computer files) or business promotion offer for Carbonite (which you can use for unlimited number of business computers).
The iPhone 5S brings several important and exciting upgrades, but at a relatively high price (without a contract). The question that you have to ask yourself is whether the upgrade features warrant that you replace your old phone or simply wait for the next iteration of the iPhone next year.