Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Apple Debuts the New iPhone 5s

Apple debuted its newest members of the iPhone family today, breaking from their normal tradition and actually releasing two variants the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c (the 5c being a more cost friendly variant). The iPhone 5s is the premier handset of the two and the next step in iPhone evolution. Following in Apple tradition, the new model strongly resembles its predecessor but has been equipped with stepped up specs in almost every category. Notable changes included a new 64-bit A7 processor that is 2x faster, M7 graphics processor with 2x the graphics performance, improved battery life (10 hours LTE browsing, 250 hours standby, 40 hours of music), upgraded 5-element Apple-designed camera lens with a 15 percent larger light sensor, auto-image stabilization, burst mode, and 120 frames-per-second slow-motion options, and most notably a fingerprint sensor, a feature Apple calls Touch ID. It is also Apple's first phone debuting iOS 7.

The new iPhone 5s will come in three color variants Silver, Space Gray, and Gold, as well as three different configurations and price points of 16GB/$199, 32GB/$299, and 64GB/$399. Pre-orders on September 13 and it goes on sale September 20 in nine different countries. The new camera and flash sound really nice and are sure to be a great enhancement over what is already one of the best camera phones. I also really like the idea of being able to unlock the phone with a fingerprint (which is not an Apple innovation, no matter what they try to say. The Motorola Atrix had this feature years ago), though with recent news of the NSA snooping on our phones, and iPhones being identified as one of the major targets, there is something unsettling about adding fingerprints to the list of collected data. 

As always the new iPhone hasn't changed much physically, but there have been some meaningful changes under the hood. How many of you will be grabbing the next iPhone on the 20th? Or maybe you'd like the budget-friendly iPhone 5c.

Photos courtesy of Android Headlines

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