The new iPhone 5S finally made its debut, a year after its predecessor was released on the market. It looks a bit familiar, as compared to the previous model, except for its icon-less home button, surrounded by a ring. It’s also two times faster, due to the integration of the 64-bit technology. But, is it really a major upgrade or just a minor rehash of the now discontinued iPhone 5?
In Terms of Design
Aesthetics wise, the new iDevice follows a similar design as that of the previous model: a metallic aluminum body with a brushed region on the rear side. According to the company’s calendar, we are in the “S” year. Major design overhaul usually takes place when they change the iPhone’s number. That is why we didn’t get a bigger smartphone this year. It has the same 4-inch screen size, which you’ll probably be mistaken for an iPhone 5. On the other hand, they changed the colors and included champagne gold, silver, and white variant they coin “space gray.”
64-bit A7 CPU and M7 Motion Sensing Coprocessor
The hardware received a critical update in this iteration. If you look at the O2’s page, the currentt flagship smartphone has a powerful A6 chip with a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor. This time around, Apple has integrated a better A7 chip with a 64-bit architecture. Hence, the 5S is hailed as the first smartphone to ever have a 64-bit processor, redefining the mobile computing era. The speed and number of cores is still a mystery as of the moment, although the company claims that it’s twice as fast as the A6. If you’re wondering how it will affect the battery life, according to the developer’s guide posted by Mashable.com, 64-bit processors consume less power, since it can address more memory and run more complex software. This feature is actually optimized for game developers.
The new M7 motion sensing coprocessor is designed to work hand-in-hand with the accelerometer, gyroscope, and the compass, without interfering with the main CPU. This chip can be also be utilized by applications that tracks one’s activity such as health and exercising tools.
As we mentioned earlier, the icon-less home button now has a ring around it. That’s because of the new technology they integrated on the device called the “Touch ID.” It pulls a double duty as a fingerprint scanner, for an added level of security. This is the new way of unlocking the device as well as make purchases on the App Store. The silver or gold (for gold version) ring around the button acts as a sensor to tell the software to read your print, without actually pressing it. This sensor can also read your thumb in any direction.
The new iDevice boasts of an 8-megapixel camera, the same as the previous handset. However, they’ve managed to increase the sensor size, to allow more light to enter the lens. This is the very trick that the HTC One is known for, in their signature UltraPixel camera. The company has included a bigger aperture opening of f2.2, making it a perfect snapper for low light conditions. Plus, they also introduced a new brand of lighting called the True Tone Flash. It’s a dual-LED lightning equipped with a mixture of amber and white colors to help make your images look balanced and more natural, even indoors.
iOS 7 in Nature
Although the previous models (4S and 5) will receive the update, the 5S is optimized for the iOS 7. Apart from its eye-catching colors, the ecosystem will give the device more built-in apps and faster loading time on the Home page. Below are some of its other features:
This will give you a quick access to Airplaine Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Flashlight, Calculator, Music Player, and AirDrop by swiping the screen from below.
Share your media contents with iOS 7 devices within a few taps. It uses a peer-to-peer technology, similar to Android’s Wi-Fi direct. However, it only works for iOS to iOS devices.
Like the Microsoft Office Suite, the iWork app contains keynote, pages, and numbers to help you create presentations, spreadsheets, and documents.
Yes, the iPhone 5S might be missing several features that can be found in its competitors. But, it also has innovations that Apple fans have been waiting for. It’s not really a major update, but it’s certainly not a minor revamp. What do you think of the 5S?
Images courtesy of apple.com
Written by Reese Jones, an awesome IOS and android fan who loves phones and print media. She also writes the most recent tech ed news at Techiedoodlers.com. She is also a keen footballer and she also maintains a passion for architecture.