x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Apple iPhone 5S: 7 new features of the seventh generation iPhone

Apple iPhone 5S: 7 new features of the seventh generation iPhone

Posted: , by Victor H.

Tags :

Apple iPhone 5S: 7 new features of the seventh generation iPhone
Update: The Apple iPhone 5s is now official! It comes with the first 64-bit system chip ever put in a smartphone, a fingerprint scanner and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a larger sensor. Most of the rumors turned out true, to learn all about the new iPhone 5s head here.

It’s that time of the year - the new iPhone is coming in less than a month on September 10th, and rumors and leaks are pouring on us from all sides. What should you believe and what not? One thing is clear - the Apple iPhone 5S will be better and more powerful than the current iPhone 5, so you’d better save your money and wait for it.

First, let’s make it clear that the new iPhone 5S will look just like the current iPhone 5. Traditionally, Apple is changing the design of iPhones once every two years, so a redesign is due only next year. Most changes will thus happen under the hood. We have summarized them all right below, take a look.

Apple iPhone 5S: 7 new features of the seventh generation iPhone
Fingerprint scanner built inside new ‘sapphire’ home key

A new camera and processor are more or less usual upgrades, but the most radical new feature in the iPhone 5S might turn out to be a fingerprint scanner built right into the home button. The main use of the scanner would be to easily unlock your device, but Apple might also use this as authentication for a future iPhone wallet app.

The new home key would allegedly be covered in sapphire instead of usual protected glass as sapphire is said to be even more secure. What’s interesting that some rumors even say the new home button might be convex, bulging outward.

New Apple A7 chip with 1GB of RAM

The new iPhone 5S is expected to come with a brand new chip inside - the Apple A7, an upgrade over the A6 chip on the iPhone 5.

The A7 is a dual-core 32nm chip manufactured by Samsung using the Higk-K Metal Gate technology. It features a higher clock speed of 1.5GHz, with better, quad-core PowerVR SGX 544MP4 graphics and the same 1GB amount of RAM. The type of RAM however has allegedly changed and Apple is using the now standard LPDDR3-1333 RAM rather than last year’s 1GB LPDDR2-1066. This means emory bandwidth is higher, going up from 8.5GB/s to 10.7GB/s.

Interestingly, rumors also claim that the next iPad will actually use a modified version of the A7 chip. That modified chip will be called Apple A7X and will come supporting higher processor frequencies and four graphic cores.

12-megapixel camera with dual LED flash

Apple iPhone 5S: 7 new features of the seventh generation iPhone
The other big upgrade will come in the camera department. The consensus is that the new iPhone 5S camera will have dual LED flash and a wider f/2.0 aperture for better low-light performance. Dual LED flash will allow for more even lighting and the lower the aperture, the more light gets into the sensor. That’s why the f/2.0 rumored aperture would be such a great asset for low-light photography compared to the f/2.4 one on the current iPhone 5.

Chances are Apple will bump the camera unit to a 12-megapixel one, but here rumors are split and some say Cupertino might decide that an 8-megapixel camera is sufficient. The latest leaked specifications confirm that the camera will remain an 8-megapixel unit.

It is also expected to come with built-in improved HDR shooting modes. That would definitely make sense if Apple goes for a 12-megapixel camera where the HDR mode would compensate for the smaller sized pixels with improved dynamic range in the highlights and shadows.

Interestingly, Apple might also include slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second. That would make possible some fun Matrix-style shooting possible. Cool.

Additionally, the iPhone 5S is said to get a better front facing camera than the current 1.2-megapixel one on the iPhone 5. The latest spec leaks confirm that Apple will get a 2-megapixel shooter.

iPhone 5S in... gold

Apple iPhone 5S: 7 new features of the seventh generation iPhone
For years we have been used to just two color options for the iPhone - black and white, but this year the iPhone 5S might finally introduce a third one and that’s gold. Gold here refers to just the color, mind you, there is no actual gold in the device. And it won’t be an aggressive, lush color color - instead imagine a more aristocratic, champagne-like tonality.

Maybe a 128GB version

The iPhone is currently offered in three versions - 16GB, 32GB and 64GB ones. The iPhone 5S might get a fourth one with a whopping 128GB of internal storage. Great news for those who use a lot of storage on their phone, but also good news for Apple. The company’s profit margins goes astronomically high for larger capacity models, and with a 128GB one it would make Apple even more profitable.


Apple iPhone 5S: 7 new features of the seventh generation iPhone
Near-field communications, or NFC, is a technology mostly associated with phone wallets and cashless payments. Often said to be a technology of a future where you use your phone to pay for things, it was adopted by most phone makers except for Apple. This could also change in the iPhone 5S as it might become the first iPhone with NFC on board.

Price and size

The new iPhone 5S is expected to keep the absolutely same sizes and weight as the previous iPhone 5.

Finally, the iPhone 5S price. We have no reason to believe Apple will change its pricing. The basic model is likely to cost around $650 off contract, or $199 on a two-year plan. The iPhone 5S release date will probably be in late September in the United States, and October for tens of other markets worldwide.

reference: Tech Crunch, Weibo

  • Options

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 07:09 18

1. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

I would go on a limb and say there is a 1% chance Apple adds NFC. Also think they will stick with 3 storage options. Dropping the 16GB in favor of adding a 128GB option and move all prices down. So the 32GB will start at $199 on contract.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 09:02

21. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

I find it extremely hard to believe they'll double the storage and keep the price the same. I know they did that from the 8GB 4 to the 16GB 4S, but 16GB to 32GB is a huge jump. if they do keep this scale, I'd expect them to MAYBE drop the price by $50 if they do increase the storage ($249 for the 32GB, etc.). Not a game changing phone by any means, but still seems pretty neat.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 18:43 1

49. Airforce (Posts: 69; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)

well am imperessed with the new upgrades....Nd the Gold colour is quite catchy..WHICH INTURN MAKES AN IPHONE 5S USER A potential..TARGET for people who enjoy stealing phones..especially in SLUM AREAS

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 11:14

52. CreeDiddy (Posts: 954; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

I believe you are correct regarding NFC. Since Airdrop does not require NFC, they will most likely preserve for iPhone 6 next year.

Storages will still be 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and now 128GB. The only difference is the subsized 2-year contract will most likely be $499 with an MSRP of $949.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 14:35 1

56. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

My next phone has to have NFC. I like all current and near future phones and have no problem choosing any of them, but it has to have NFC. The scanner is a big plus for Apple if it works most of the time(Apple doesn't put gimmicks into their devices so I assume it will). I just really want NFC this time around.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 12:58 2

79. StanleyG88 (Posts: 232; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

All iPhone5 owners will need to realize that within a couple days after they setup their "fingerprint scan" unlock, the NSA will now have their fingerprint on file.

This sounds like another scam by the NSA to further collect bioinfo on all US citizens.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 07:11 26

2. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

I see 2 new features (nfc , finger print scanner)
3 new improvements (128GB option,A7cpu,12mp/8mp camera)
and 2 features that i wont call it a feature (gold color,price)

but i am hoping to see more improvements like siri,and iOS 7 itself is a big improvement,etc

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 08:29 9

20. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

so ppl are gonna pay 400$ for a 128gb iph....all the features are not great its simple upgrades ...plus ios7 just copied andriod anyway

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:42 2

65. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Copied Android? Strange then that an iOS7 app was number 2 in the Google Play charts for quite some time after it was announced...

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 07:12 28

3. McJobs (Posts: 107; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

no 4.5"-5" screen = no buy

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 07:21 6

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 23579; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


posted on 09 Sep 2013, 01:44 9

59. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Same old crap in another year and thanks for adding S for specifying it which means Same.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 07:15 14

4. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Apple shut up and take my money.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 07:20 12

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 23579; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

No Mxy they're shutting up, and taking MY money lol.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 02:29 33

46. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

They've taken your brains too.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 01:42 5

57. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Thief will take your money. Then you'll shut up. Right?

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 01:42 4

58. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

+1 for realizing :)

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 02:34 5

64. willard12 (Posts: 1960; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

I hope they hurry and take your money too. Apple will use that money to pay Samsung for the A7 chip, memory, and some of the screens. Samsung will then use that money to create an S5 thats light years more advanced than the 5s.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 04:45 2

66. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

But still have the same crappy unoptimized Android OS with its awful Google Play Store, and layers of touchWiz crap that nobody uses taking up half the storage space. You're welcome..

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:03 1

67. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

Mine too :DDD

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:04

68. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

ahahahaha so true!

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 06:59 6

70. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

Yeah that's why its outselling the iPhone with huge margins, your claims is baseless...Touchwiz is grand years ahead of iOS in terms of functionality and even simplicity believe it or not.

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 07:56

72. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Next thing we here more itself will steal more golden iphones

posted on 09 Sep 2013, 20:12 2

82. darkkjedii (Posts: 23579; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

For crying out loud, will you please learn how to construct a sentence? "Next thing we here more itself will steal more golden iPhones" what the hell is that?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:57

85. bucky (Posts: 3029; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Count me in as well. My 5 is absolutely amazing but I'm game for an upgrade.

I'm surprised with the amount of selfies that nobody has mentioned the front camera being an upgrade as well. A nice 5 megapixel would be great

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:06

86. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

Outselling the iPhone??? Only in your wet dreams! Even last years model is kicking SGS4's ass! Buy copied n cheap ass samsung products and enjoy the crappiness while we enjoy quality!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:58

88. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3338; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Actually Samsung is selling more phones worldwide than Apple is. Even looking at just the highend market (S and Note series), Samsung outsells Iphone worldwide.
Which is quite the achievement, since there are a lot of android competitors but no iOS ones.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:13

91. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

Achievement is having 6 phones vs the world n still kicking ass. Achievement is dethroning Nokia with it's first phone ever. Copying everything and bombarding the market with useless variants in numbers of thousands of the same phone is no achievement bro!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:52

93. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

shut up and take the money i can collect selling my galaxy s3!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:21

100. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3338; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

That is no achievement, how many competitors have an iOS phone? None
Kicking Nokia of the throne is quite the achievement indeed. Like apple doesnt copy a lot of stuff lol.
And variants in the thousands? You do like to exaggerate quite a lot, don\'t you. They don\'t even need all those variants, just the top 6 of Galaxy/Note models kicks all the other brand ;)

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories