Apple Reveals iPhone 5S

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Apple has ended the one-year wait which starts off for next device just as the latest iPhone is announced.

This year, they made an amendment to the usual tradition by announcing two phones instead of one. The iPhone 5S is the top-of-the-line phone as evident by the ‘S’ and brings some incredible changes to the table.

The Display and Design

The design of the iPhone 5S follows the footsteps of the previous iterations and is made of high-grade aluminum with high-chaffered edges. It will be available in three colors: Black-Slate, White-Silver and White-Gold. One major change comes in the home button.

The button has seen its biggest change ever with a built-in 170 micron thick fingerprint scanner in it, called Touch ID. The technology’s use has been maximized in iOS 7 so alongside usual things like unlocking the device, it can also be used for things like iTunes purchasing verifications and other stuff. Multiple users’ fingerprints can also be memorized.

The iPhone 5S is very slick at just 7.6mm thin and 112g heavy. It’s also very environment-friendly, being made of components which are arsenic-free and mercury-free.

The display of the phone was one thing which was almost completely forgotten in Apple’s event. It’s still a 4 inch Retina with 640 x 1136 resolution. In an age of phablets with the Note III being announced only 6 days back, it’s a bit disappointing that Apple hasn’t enhanced the display. That was undoubtedly one of our bigger expectations.

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CPU And Other Internals

The iPhone 5S has seen a major overhaul under the surface. The new chip called the A7 is twice as faster as before and 40 times as faster as the 2G. It does 2 times as many general purpose and floating point registers and packs twice as many transistors (1 Billion) as the A6.

The bigger innovation is that it’s the world’s first 64-bit smartphone processor. It will have support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and Xcode. The A7 will also have 64-bit kernels, libraries and drivers. The graphics are twice as fast as well. Overall, the iPhone 5S is 56 times faster than the original iPhone. Half of that spectacular figure is a direct blessing of A7.

The 64-bit chip is still compatible with the 32-bit apps. Also announced was an M7 chip which looks after motion-sensing in real-time and will be great for fitness apps.

The hardcore capabilities of the iPhone 5S were proven in the dazzling demo of Infinity Blade III which is also the last game of this series.

Software

The iPhone 5S comes with iOS 7 pre-installed, of course. That alone brings quite a lot of change including flat icons, better lockscreen, Control Centre, Notification Centre and a male Siri. Apple also announced that all of its essential editing and productivity apps, i.e. Keynote, iMovie, iPhoto, iWork and Pages and Numbers will be free from now onwards. This offer is limited to new iPhones which will be bought in the future only.

As for the rest of the iPhones, the iOS 7 update is coming on 18 September.

Camera

The iPhone 5S’ camera is still of 8 megapixels with a 5-element lens and f2.2 aperture. The sensor area is 15 percent larger. iOS 7 automatically corrects white balance & exposure balance and creates a local dynamic tone map for a better image.

That’s accompanied by a new dual-LED Flash dubbed “True Tone” which consists of a blue and an amber LED and operates on up to 1000 different levels to make photos appear natural. Auto Image Stabilisation and Burst Modes have also seen an entry with the latter being triggered whenever the shutter icon is held. It shoots at a rate of 10 images per second.

As for the video, the 5S captures 1080p video at 30fps, alongside 720p video at 120fps. Slow Motion videos can also be shot. For doing that, 720p videos are shot first while the portions to be slowed-down are chosen afterwards. A combination of the two can also go along, together. Facetime camera has also been improved to perform better in lowlight.

Miscellaneous

The phone’s battery is of 1440 mAh capacity and provides 3G talk-time of 10 hours and 250 hours of standby. Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, Wi-Fi and Lightning Port are used for connectivity. And as usual, a nano-SIM card is used.

Pricing and Availability

The phone will be available in Pakistan for the usual price tag of around $800 or Rs. 85,000 at launch. This price is likely to go down around Rs. 70,000 with-in one month of the launch. Special covers will cost $39 each. The iPhone 5S, alongside the 5C will be put up for sale on the 20th of September. By the end of 2013, it would’ve hit 100 countries.

The iPhone 5S is the high-point for Apple. A lot of future-proofing has been done this time especially on the inside. Had Apple increased the display size to 4.5 inch, the package might’ve become even more tempting but even without it, the 5S is no slouch by any means.

One more thing to note is that unlike others, Apple hasn’t gotten itself into the numbers race. The camera is still 8 megapixels, screen still Retina. Why fix something which isn’t broken? For that, Apple deserves a pat on the back.

As for the phone itself, we’ll let the sales figures decide.


  • Spider

    You have not mentiotioned that iPhone 5S camera is now with larger pixel size which is 1.5 micron.

    • Azeem Ullah Hasan

      Did mentioned the larger sensor area…

  • Spider

    For price it will be sold at 649$ whereas 5c will be sold at 549$. So, 5s will be priced at 7000 PKR and 5c around 60000. Apple never reduces the prices of iPhone till the launch of next model so these prices will be never go down.

    • Spider

      *70000 PKR.

  • Geek

    Samsung will copy 64bit and finger print scanner now.. will offer it in next Galaxy :D

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      Lol some geek you are the A7 is based on the 64bit ARM architecture that anyone can use who licenses it, so you can’t call it copying plus computers have had 64bit processors since ages.
      Btw look up Motorola Atrix it had a fingerprint scanner in 2011

      So stop this copy nonsense will you. It’s tech most of it is licensed anyway

      • Spider

        Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. just look where the fingerprint scanner is placed on the motorola atrix…no wonder it didn’t work!!

      • Spider

        And whatever you say. Its the first smart phone with 64bit processor. Why not anyone else came up with that idea? Licensing doesn’t matter.. point is who implemented it first in a smart phone.

    • fragsack

      you do realize that this 64 bit structure is made by Samsung right?

      • Spider

        Not confimed. Apple had made contract with TSMC for making A7 chips

      • NetFreak

        I don’t understand the logic of your people when you simply say its made by Samsung.. These chips are designed by the Apple but manufactured by the Samsung under supervision of Apple. So all the credit for performance and low power consumption goes to apple not Samsung. Manufacturing a chip is and designing
        a chip are two different things. Apple can design and get manufactured these chips without
        Samsung from another manufacturer but its Samsung who can not simply design or manufacture these
        chips without Apple.

  • Guest147

    Most disappointed tech of 2013:(

    • Spider

      Lol … why? it might be disappointed from display size or design but not dissapointed from techincal point at all…. 64-bit processor.. finger print scanner .. addtional motion sensoing processor.. Don’t know what did you mean by “Tech”

      • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

        You do know there is no actual benifit of a 64bit processor unless you cross the memory limit of 4gb of a 32bit system right? This is same useless spec like samsung when they go the worlds first 8 core processor

        • Faizan Ali

          yes you are right, Additionally all the programs written will be made backward compatible keeping in mind the 32 bit processors so that it should run across all devices sp the apps wont benfit from 64 bit processor either

        • waqar

          8 core processor is not design by Samsung it use third party hardware.
          where apple design it own processor .
          apple is and always will the new innovator in mobile tect

          • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

            you mean ARM? Yeah Apple uses that too its called an architecture :P

            EVERY Mobile chipset maker apart from intel which uses x86 makes chipsets based on ARM :)

            Oh samsung has its own line its called Exynos thats not third party its custom based on ARM, same as apple custom processors based on ARM.

            • waqar

              i agree they used same architecture but there are many things which should me considers when manufacturing processor.
              Samsung use Qualcomm processor like most of other android company do but apple make and design it on processor.
              first time in history apple design 64 bit mobile process,

              on the other hand android which samsung use is not its operating system they just edit it.on the other hand apple use its own ios apple is designing and makeing each and ever thing of iphone 5s

              • waqar

                apple is not only competing with samsung.

                apple alone is competing with bunch of companies like
                Qualcomm
                google(Android)
                samsung

                htc
                and buch of many android companies……

              • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

                Erm no ARM designed the 64bit processor apple just customized it to its need at the end of the day the last A6 chip was also a customized ARM v7

                Samsung uses its own chips and Qualcomm’s usually cause Exynos doesn’t have embedded LTE and manufacturing issues can’t make enough as the demand, Samsung also has to make apple chips you know they earn more from making those than their own chips so its about priorities :P

                Yes we know apple designs its own software and hardware like it has always done well not in computers anymore since they use Intel chips since they are more efficient and cost effective.

                Your point is with the competition?
                Apple also competes with Sony Hulu netflix spotify etc jis bhi market mein jao ge competition toh hoga na.

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        • Spider

          Not useless at all .. its the beginning ..Atleast it can run apps for both catagories 64 bit or 32 bit. Developers can take advantage of it or Apple will definitely take care of it. All they did it for to be first of this kind as no one elase has did it earlier. So definitely this crown gone to apple for whatever reason. Increasing cores is a different thing while changing the assembly and instruction set is another. This step would allow Apple to bring iOS and Mac OS closer together. We don’t know further apple plans but it ensures the big picture is going to be revealed in future. Apple just opened the doors for future. This is something different from increasing cores.

    • Azeem Ullah Hasan

      For no reason? I hope you aren’t trolling.

  • Stone

    The only thing cheap about 5C are the looks :) as usual Apple has outdone it self in not meeting expectations. The most basic thing should have been a larger display which is missing. Not to mention a couple of wifi standards and NFC.

    As for the 64bit processor, look at the PC’s, they had the 64 bit thing almost 7 to 8 years ago and they got no where with it due to non availability of content which can harness that power. Apple has just added a processor which will sit idle

  • zain

    now USA will get details about our finger prints as well.
    FIRST THEY HAD FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE
    NOW THEY WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US (SPECIALLY HOW WE THINK AND ACT)THAN NADRA

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you….ad far as they have enhanced features………. threat to personal data has also increased ………

    • Spider

      NSA already has all information about you. Every encryption system has a backdoor for NSA. It can decrypt whatever you are hiding from encryption. Even strong encryption systems are allegedly broken by NSA. So your personal data has already been compromised no need to be worry about future.. worry about now ;)

    • ?

      kya faraq parhta hai?? just tht k we r importnt fr thm