Alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5C, Apple yesterday also announced a second iPhone model — marking the first time the company has ever introduced two iPhone models during the same press event.
This second model is (as expected) to be called the “iPhone 5S.”
The higher-priced of Apple’s two new iPhone models, the “iPhone 5S” is described as Apple’s most ‘forward thinking’ iPhone to date (and for good reason), as the handset is set to pack technologies — (such as Touch ID) — that will stand Apple’s iPhone product line in good stead for many years to come.
Measuring in at 4.87 inches (123.8 mm) by 2.31 inches (58.6 mm), with a depth of 0.30 inch (7.6 mm), the iPhone 5S weighs-in at just 3.95 ounces and features the same 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch “Retina” display, at 1136-by-640-pixel resolution (and 326 ppi), as found on the current-generation iPhone 5.
Explaining that iPhone 5 was the “perfect place” to begin the development and production of iPhone 5S, Apple says that the new handset sets a “precedent” for what customers should come to expect from their smarpthone.
“iPhone 5 set a precedent. Apple engineers and designers managed to compress first-of-their-kind technologies inside a space that’s a mere 7.6 millimeters thin and 112 grams light. A feat like that required designing or redesigning multiple components. And it resulted in an incredibly thin, impressively light, extraordinarily powerful smartphone. After coming so far with iPhone 5, it was a perfect place to start with iPhone 5s.”
“iPhone 5s is precision crafted down to the micron. And it’s evident throughout. The beautiful aluminum housing. The sleekness of metal and glass. Sapphire crystal in the Home button. And more sapphire crystal protecting the iSight camera. Design and construction of this level is unmatched. As a result, iPhone 5s looks and feels unbelievably thin and light”
Set to be available in three different flavours: Gold, Silver and a colour Apple is calling “Space Grey,” the iPhone 5S is powered by the company’s next-generation A7 system-on-a-chip, that also brings with it 64-bit desktop-class architecture.
“There’s fast. And then there’s A7 fast. The new A7 chip gives you CPU and graphics performance up to 2x faster than the A6 chip. Even more impressive, A7 makes iPhone 5s the first 64-bit smartphone in the world — that’s desktop-class architecture in a superslim phone. And because iOS 7 was built specifically for 64-bit, it’s uniquely designed to take advantage of the A7 chip.”
The processing chip also includes a new subset called the “M7,” which encompasses a “motion coprocessor” and will be used to store all future information pertaining to your biometric fingerprint, for use with the device’s new “Touch ID” feature — out of sight from Apple’s iCloud servers, or third-parties. We’ll have more in-depth coverage on Apple’s new “Touch ID” platform, and how it really works, in the coming hours.
On the back of the device you’ll find an 8 megapixel (1.5µ pixel), Sapphire crystal-covered, ƒ/2.2 aperture-weilding, five-element backside illuminated camera sensor. The sensor is now capable of providing something called “True Tone” flash, which will see the device intelligently match the colour of the LED flash to the ambient colour of the lighting in any given situation.
This sensor is (again) also capable of taking 1080p HD video at 30 fps, whilst also taking advantage of Apple’s new “True Tone” flash feature and improved video stabilisation. The most notable addition to the iPhone 5S’s camera system, though, is the addition of “Slo-mo” video.
Apple is now bundling the ability for its stock camera app to take video at 120fps. The feature works by you holding down your finger on the camera’s shutter button for the duration you wish to remain in “slo-mo” mode. The company notes that you can then choose where you want to apply the “slo-mo” effect, as you are presented with a selection of your taken frames.
There’s also a new “Burst mode”, which allows you to take a fast burst of photos in quick succession of each other, (with Apple’s camera app then choosing the best of these taken photos to share with both friends or family), and “Panorama” mode has been updated with the ability for the iPhone 5S to now intelligently detect the exposure on the shot, and adjust it accordingly.
On the front of the device, you’ll find the same 1.2-megapixel sensor capable of taking photos at 1280 by 960. This sensor is also capable of shooting 720p HD video with backside illumination.
FaceTime video calling on the device works just as it does on the iPhone 5C, with calls able to be made to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi-Fi or cellular. The handset’s cellular support also extends to LTE (4G).
Apple says that the iPhone 5S supports the most LTE bands of any smartphone currently available on the market. A full list of the wireless bands now supported by the new handset can be found below.
Model A1533 (GSM): UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Model A1533 (CDMA): CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Model A1453: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
Model A1457: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Model A1530: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
The iPhone 5S will be available to purchase both at Apple Online, and at the Apple Retail Store, starting September 20, 2013. The handset will come in the usual 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage capacity options, and each model will be priced at $199, $299 and $399 – respectively, (with a two-year wireless contract).