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

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.

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

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

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.


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

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x



101. 1v1addict

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

What do you guys think i should get, the moto x or iphone 5s ?

99. gamesaq

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

wow. Apple finally stepped its game up. Welcome to the big leagues.

96. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

S= same desing an same price. lol

102. 1v1addict

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

apple change design every two years

103. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Every two years? lol Iphone 3 2007 Iphone 4 2010 (first real design change) And I wouldnt call 4 -> 5 a design change. Same design, just taller and different material. (not counting the inside design)

106. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

apple is alwaying going to stay with that type of design one thing is good they have great battery life would love to see stuff like water proof iphone bigger battery so maybe it can last 2 days and really push your phone beyong to 4inch limit would love to see a 4.5 or 5 inch iphone go with the trend because that sells your phones as well

89. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

3gs S= speed 4s S= Siri 5s S= Same

95. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

the \"s\" stands for Samsung.

97. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That explains the 3GS, which completely ripped off the S from the Galaxy S. Oh, wait...

98. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

apple uses chips made by Samsung. so theres that.

87. alaahershy

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

c'mon apple make us surprised plzzzz

84. zig8100

Posts: 244; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Gold(color) is a feature? Ha! Didn't have enough "features" to fill I'm your article? Lol

83. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012


81. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I bet people think apple are actually calling these features just because phonearena says they are. just give them a reason to hate PA

78. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

next year (2014) they will release iphone 6 which is little bit wider and taller than current ip5 thats all no exciting thing from apple for 2 years...

75. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I have a brilliant prediction... the loudest Android fans here will swear up and down that they don\'t care and that Apple is irrelevant and their products suck, but tomorrow afternoon they\'ll post all over the iPhone articles.

92. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

I have a brilliant prediction too !!! ifanz will pay $650 (16 gb variant) for same design. XD

74. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

All this sounds good for the iphone 5s but its sad that they can\'t break that bond with Samsung plenty of other chip manufactures out there better than sammy.

76. bobbyco

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

please name one stable chip manufacturer that does everything inhouse. NONE. the only reason Apple is going with SAMMY is because other companies cannot manufacture perfect chips without delay or defect. so unless you have any idea on who makes better chips than SAmmy don\'t ask why apple is always looking for SAMMY at the end....

90. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013


104. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Then why doesnt sammy put their own chip they use snapdragon

71. shnibz

Posts: 523; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Ha! \"A7X\" chip

73. dolcichw

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Avenged should sue

77. shnibz

Posts: 523; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

@dolcichw for real man, you know Apple damn sure would if it was he other way around lol.

80. dolcichw

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

without a doubt. Apple probably is already, claiming they used it first haha

63. clevercarlos

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Can it just be Tuesday already?! I want to buy this phone already!

54. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Why is apple not producing phones with larger displays? While typing it is so cramped up.. Apple thinks everyone's hands are of same size or what? ? ? Sony Samsung HTC LG all have options with different sizes of displays. When Apple released iphone 5, they should have increased the width to accommodate larger keyboard. Instead they increased the height adding extra row of icons. Dumb Apple.. Dumb.. Android user on Samsung Galaxy S2, want to get iphone but Apple giving me no reason to buy one. Even this iPhone5$ is nothing special.

105. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

the iphone 6 rumors of a 4.5 to 5 inch display if anything wait til that comes out either later this year or 2014

53. phatdaddio21

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

No 4.7 screen ,,no buy from me ,, they need to get off that high horse that they riding ,,longer battery life you can buy a juice pak for ,,you can't buy a larger screen for one unless you swap to a droid and that's what a lotta consumers are doing and I'm about to join them ,,I want a bigger screen ,,why they so damn stubborn and stuck on 4 inch screen is beyond me,,, so far behind the times

45. Trex95

Posts: 2398; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Apple when IPad mini Retina announced?!

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