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The phone includes Apple’s new A7 64-bit chip, and Apple describes the 5S as the “world’s first and only smartphone” with a 64-bit chip. Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, described the device’s CPU and graphics as twice as fast in speed as the iPhone 5. The chip also packs a series of other performance and graphics enhancements. In addition to the A7, the phone includes the M7 motion coprocessor. The M7 “continuously measures motion data,” and includes the phone’s accelerometer, gyroscope and compass.
The fingerprint system’s hardware consists of a tactile switch, a Touch ID sensor, a stainless steel detection ring, and a laser-cut sapphire crystal to prevent scratching.
The 5S will ship with the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7. This latest iOS is notable for its abandonment of the company’s traditional “skeumorphic” design, which often utilized digital illustrations of real-life objects. The new operating system relies on a brand new “flat” user interface, giving the iPhone its first major visual overhaul since the device launched in 2007. The software has been re-engineered for the iPhone 5S’s 64-bit processor.
The device will come in three colors: silver, gold and a “new space gray.”
The camera on the 5S is an improvement over the iPhone 5 as well. It includes a new Apple-designed lens and has a “15% larger active sensor area.” The flash on the new phone has two LEDs which work together to improve photographic color balance. iOS 7 has been designed with multiple enhancements to take advantage of the improved optical system. As if that weren’t enough, the iPhone 5S can shoot 120 fps slow-motion video!
In terms of battery life, the 5S boasts 10 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music playback, and 250 hours of standby time.
The phone will be priced based around two-year contracts: $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for a 32GB model, and $399 for a 64GB model. The iPhone 5S will be available for pre-order on September 13th, and it will officially launch on September 20th.
Apple also announced color cases for the iPhone 5S which will be priced at $39 a piece.
The iPhone 5S was announced along with the lower-cost iPhone 5C. Together these models will replace the iPhone 5 in Apple’s lineup. The company will continue offering the iPhone 4S as well, with an 8GB model available for free with a two-year contract.
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