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Apple took the wraps off the iPhone 5s on Tuesday, the first smartphone in the world with a 64-bit desktop-class chip, and the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor that allows users to securely unlock the device with just the touch of a finger.

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The iPhone 5s sports a design similar to the iPhone 5, with a high-grade aluminum back cut with chamfered edges. It will be available in three colors: "space gray," white and silver, and a new gold and white option.

Both it and the iPhone 5c, which was also announced on Tuesday, will go on sale next Friday, Sept. 20 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the U.K.

Pricing on the iPhone 5s is the same as its predecessor: $199 with a new two-year service contract for the entry-level 16-gigabyte model, while 32-gigabytes will run $299, and 64-gigabytes is $399.

Touch ID



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One of the biggest additions to the iPhone 5s is the new Touch ID sensor, built right into the home button on the device. The sensor is 170 microns thin, senses 500 pixels per inch, and scans a user's sub-epidermal skin layers.

The new sensor is capable of securely reading a user's fingerprint in 360 degrees, from any orientation. The updated home button is also made of sapphire crystal, so it won't scratch and prevent use.

Now users will be able to simply touch their home button to unlock their phone, enter passwords, or authorize transactions on the App Store or iTunes.

Touch ID can handle multiple fingerprints, and the new home button uses capacitive touch to read a user's unique finger. The fingerprint data is never available to other software, and it is not backed up to Apple's servers, leaving it stored entirely on the device in a secure fashion.

Processing power



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The new A7 processor includes over 1 billion transistors, which doubles that of its predecessor, the A6. Accordingly, Apple's iOS 7 operating system had been updated to take advantage with a 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers.

As a result, the new CPU is twice as fast, and graphics performance has also been doubled. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller boasted that the new A7 is 40 times faster than the original iPhone.

To show off the power of the A7, Epic Games was at Tuesday's iPhone keynote to unveil the upcoming iOS title "Infinity Blade III," scheduled to launch alongside the iPhone 5S. The publisher said that the new chip enabled four times the character detail with new features like blur and lens flares.

New M7 chip



Another new piece of silicon in the iPhone 5S is the M7 motion co-processor. It constantly measures motion data, enabling an entirely new generation of health and fitness applications, Schiller said.

A new application from Nike will take advantage of the M7, dubbed Nike+ Move. The software uses both the M7 and GPS to keep track of user activities.

Even with the new processing power, Apple claims the iPhone 5s will offer 10 hours of 3G talk time and 250 hours of standby. It also has 10 hours of LTE browsing, and 40 hours of music playback.

Upgraded camera



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The iPhone 5s also boasts an overhauled camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The Apple-designed 5-element lens has a 15-percent larger active sensor area, enabling bigger pixels for higher picture quality

The iPhone 5s also boasts an overhauled camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The Apple-designed 5-element lens has a 15-percent larger active sensor area, enabling biger pixels for higher picture quality

iOS 7 has also been optimized to take advantage of the new camera hardware in the iPhone 5S. New features include automatic white balance and exposure levels, autofocus matrix metering, auto-stabilization, and selecting the sharpest in a series of photos.

The iPhone 5s also features dual LED flash that Apple has branded "True Tone." Apple says the new flash component will help address clashing color temperatures, resulting in better photos in low-light situations.

The integrated camera application also offers a new "Burst Mode," capable of capturing up to 10 frames per second. Users can snap these shots by simply holding down the camera shutter button. The A7 chip will then analyze the burst shots and recommend which one it thinks is the best.

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The upgraded camera also includes slow-motion video capture capabilities at 120 frames per second in 720p high-definition. Apple's Camera software allows users to select which parts of a video they want at normal speed, and which parts will be slowed down.
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Hmm - wonder if that's enough horsepower to run Flash :-)
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I had a feeling. hahahahahahaha....
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But, but, but, but...... Samsung Galaxy has a bigger screen!!!
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They look great. 

 

Same camera specs, though?

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That's freaking impressive.
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But, but, but, but...... Samsung Galaxy has a bigger screen!!!

 

Don't worry, that will be the next "innovation" for the iPhone 6.

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Originally Posted by CrustyMcLovin 

Don't worry, that will be the next "innovation" for the iPhone 6.

 

Shut up and go away.

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If the phone has less than 4GB RAM (probably) the 64bit is largely useless, especially for the average consumer. A nice surprise though. Outpacing the ARMv8's to the market. 

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If the phone has less than 4GB RAM (probably) the 64bit is largely useless, especially for the average consumer. A nice surprise though. Outpacing the ARMv8's to the market. 

 

Not necessarily. I see this as incentive for developers to begin adjusting for 64 bit today so everything will be ready in the future. Apple did a great job transitioning the Mac seamlessly from 32 to 64 bit. Microsoft didn't do it so smoothly with Windows.

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No, with 64-bit OS, it will be able to handle massive video files without having to split them. 

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Originally Posted by netrox View Post
No, with 64-bit OS, it will be able to handle massive video files without having to split them. 

 

Now if only iLife was 64-bit.

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But, but, but, but...... Samsung Galaxy has a bigger screen!!!

and the Microsoft Surface has a kickstand.  See.............................................  click.   

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I wonder if this is good enough for an MBA. If so, the battery life will go up, or, weight will go down (using a smaller battery).

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Hmm - wonder if that's enough horsepower to run Flash :-)

 

Did you get the memo?  Flash is dead.   I'm just waiting for when all of these web designers and YouTube also read the memo.  :-)

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Design fail.
Steve would never have allowed the 'white bands'.
It's tacky, unfinished, and looks horrible.

Start packing your bags Ives.
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Shut up and go away.

 

Let me guess, you also were in disbelief over the jump from 3.5" to 4.0".

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Not necessarily. I see this as incentive for developers to begin adjusting for 64 bit today so everything will be ready in the future. Apple did a great job transitioning the Mac seamlessly from 32 to 64 bit. Microsoft didn't do it so smoothly with Windows.

 

No doubt, and like the desktop world 64 bit will be the future. But there's still inherent differences in the move that made 64bit critical in the CISC/Intel x86 world that mean less in the RISC/ARM world. IMO it would have more scalability potential to the iPad going forward and the on/off-rumored A-Series powered Macbook Airs than the iPhone.

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Originally Posted by drblank View Post

Did you get the memo?  Flash is dead.   I'm just waiting for when all of these web designers and YouTube also read the memo.  :-)

 

When Google finally gets its head out of its Glass and drops Flash on YouTube entirely, that will spell the end of the format on the web.

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f2.2 aperture lens, 15% larger active sensor area
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I want one. Now.
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Now if only iLife was 64-bit.

 

I'm sure that's around the corner.  They had to redo all of their higher end apps first, since those users are a little more demanding.  It wouldn't surprise me if they release 64 bit versions of iWork later this year or beginning of next year.

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My iPhone 5S was stolen...

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How long before we hear from all the usual shills that Apple isn't innovating any more because this phone looks just like the last one (except for one new color)? I can already hear it "The only innovation Apple is capable of is adding a new color".

I'm guessing we'll hear that within an hour.
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Originally Posted by davida View Post

My iPhone 5S was stolen...

 

Good thing that doesn't work.

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So there is a gold finish version of the new iPhone tallest skill. The 64 bit A7 and OS capabilities are quite impressive.
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I like what I see with the 5S but 199 for 16gb? I really thought they would finally bump up the memory on all of these (32gb/199; 64gb/299, etc).... kinda bummed about that. Will def be getting one for the wife though... my phone however doesn't become eligible for upgrade until April so I might as well wait for the 6  (still get to play with iOS7 in the mean time) :D

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Sad that there's no mention of release date for Mavericks.

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Interesting to see no 128 GB option.

However, I'm sure we'll all live.
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Don't worry, that will be the next "innovation" for the iPhone 6.

Don't you have a Dyson to steal?

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Originally Posted by just1ed@gmail.com View Post
Sad that there's no mention of release date for Mavericks.

 

iPhone event, not Mac event. The only real surprise was no short mention of new iPods.

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I am very underwhelmed.

 

Mostly because of the price points. Everything seems to be $100 too expensive. 

 

The 5C should have been 16GB for $0 on contract (or $399 off) and the 5S should have started at 32GB, not 16GB. 

 

And the 4S should have been axed. Are they at least updating it to Lightning?

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So, no preorders for iPhone 5S? Only 5C?

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Meh, a wash, we got finger print sensor but no news on which carrier in China just siad vailable in China, or unlocked price of 5C

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still no pics of the iPhone 5S?
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No real surprises here. The leaks and rumors over the last few weeks and months pretty much nailed everything. I was hoping there would be some nice surprise like doubling the storage to 32/64/128 instead of keeping it at 16/32/64. Also wondering if it will use the Qualcomm RF360 front end or not since that wasn't mentioned.  Maybe I will feel differently when I can watch the actual video but right now I am feeling a little let down. 

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Originally Posted by whatisgoingon View Post
still no pics of the iPhone 5S?

 

What? apple.com/iphone

 

I like their new page layouts (introduced with the Mac Pro).

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If you cannot see the merits of a 64bit throughout OS then you truly don't understand OS and App Development. If you think it's all about the RAM footprint then please just stop speculating.

The real reason these suckers don't have 8G/16GB is the same reason we don't have 256GB/512GB/1TB in a Workstation/Desktop/Laptop configuration.

The next revolution in memory density is nearly upon us and having your OS and Apps ready to leverage from the ground up when it happens instead of being caught with your pants down for years is something Apple learned during the creation of OS X.

In 3-6 months Samsung is going to be dumping onto the market 64-bit hackneyed APUs for their smartphones and every single Android fanatic will tout it up.

Meanwhile, the App base and n-tier of services will continue to evolve at Apple while it's been hard at work on the iPhone 6 for next year, no doubt incorporating any new memory density advances and much more.

Motion APIs, along with all the new APIs in iOS7 and OS X are going to be a huge selling point for Apple.

Datacenter expansion with more advanced cloud services will just expand the ecosystem.

No mention of AppleTV and contracts with content providers means we have a lot more to come.
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Interesting to see no 128 GB option.

That is the only (slight) disappointment for me.

 

I was really hoping to be able to get in more of my music in there.

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