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Apple iPhone 5S: all new features review

Apple iPhone 5S: all new features review
The folks from Cupertino pulled a typical Apple yesterday, when they outed the bi-annual iPhone 5s upgrade that keeps the same chassis as its predecessor, but adds a carefully crafted new feature or two to make the handset stand out for the next few quarters.

This year the big thunder comes in the form of a 64-bit A7 chipset, which seems to be ahead of its app development times, but is a first for a smartphone nonetheless. Same goes for the fingerprint sensor embedded right into a brand new sapphire home button, which, however, won't be doing anything more useful than unlocking the phone and authorizing iTunes payments, as Apple won't store your fingerprint readings on its servers, and 3rd party developers won't be allowed to use it as authentication method - there goes that vast mobile payment network we were jonessing about.

Apple threw in a few other notable upgrades, mainly in the camera and connectivity departments, so check out the full laundry list of new features that are coming our way with the iPhone 5s in the slideshow below, starting off with the exterior design novelties, and moving to the changes under the hood.

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posted on 11 Sep 2013, 04:59 29

1. mapads2k3 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

New colors are features? GTFO!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:26 21

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

That's what they call innovation

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:38 17

8. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

Apple is unfortunately running out of innovations. The stiff attitude that brand name will sell isn't working either.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:59 1

12. MONUQ (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

May be decreasing stock price will give their head a ring...

But wait ...Oh $hit!!!!!

Didn't they got last year after launch of IP5......

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:19

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Gold and black looks better than white and gold™

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:03 1

2. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

The only exciting thing about the latest announcements were iOS 7, that's all, I expected so much from Apple, and they gave little back.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:04 14

3. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

apple looking like ''nokia 5 years ago''.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:06 8

4. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

Oh don't you dare.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:12 5

5. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

My only complaint about 5s is that the vibrant, bright design of IOS 7 doesn't match the classy, elegant design of the 5s.

IOS 7 fits great on to the 5c though!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:20 4

6. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

rubbish - personal opinion

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:41 5

9. MrTzr (unregistered)

PA just get your Z1 and review it!i

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:20

24. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

PA will just bad mouth the beautiful how expensive the Z1 is and not talking bout it's 20 MP cam.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:41

10. haim_04 (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

this camera on iPhone 5S will beat up so easily Samsung, Sony, Nokia (all Nokia has is inferiror zoom and that's all)... why are u all surprised about iPhone 5C, it is reasonable move because they can't cut off the price of current iPhone 5, it is more expensive to produce it than iPhone 5C
and they wouldn't have expected earning

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:48 3

11. alexfiran (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

you can say everything about nokia but not about their cameras..love it or hate it they got the best cameraphones out there. period. I only wish there was a DSLR made by Nokia, or at least a point and shoot camera

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:50

16. mrturner (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

Compare the iPhone camera to anything nokia has produced? You\'re high on cheap drugs!!!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:14

17. wildfiregt (Posts: 171; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

In case you don't know it. The iphone 5s feature a F2.2 wide aperture camersa which is as wide as the Galaxy s4 (13 Mp vs 8Mp here) Don't talk without a fair test.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:29

29. jshan (Posts: 200; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)

Like it says mp isn't the all u need on a camera !! Samsung just trying yet !! Sorry pal ! Shut your hole and enjoy what u own or what u like !! Don't try to prove any unless u know a thing !! Good luck with your current smartphone !

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 16:46

46. wildfiregt (Posts: 171; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

I probably know more about photography than you ,did i mention that S4 has a better camera than the 5s ? no cuz we didn't see anything yet. I'm just telling the guy that unless there are no tests, we cannot say which one is better

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:00 3

13. jbitounis (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

I don't understand why people keep bashing on Apple for not reinventing the "smartphone". Why don't people have as high expectations from another phone manufacturer ? Is it OK for, say, Samsung or Motorola to release a new model with a specs bump from its previous generation, but, when Apple does it, it's a disappointing failure ? It's just a phone people. Disregard Apple's pompous marketing, see if it fits your needs and budget and then take it or leave it.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:36 5

19. jb4674 (Posts: 145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

People pick on Apple because Apple charges its customers a big premium for a phone that can easily be outdone by any other manufacturer (Galaxy S4, Xperia Z, Z1, Nokia Lumia 1020, HTC One, etc.).

With more people wanting bigger screens, Apple is still chugging along with a diminutive screen and lacking options. Apple's closed minded design does not allow the customer truly control/enhance the device and it clearly shows when other devices are pushing the envelope by allowing external storage, using beefier proessors, bigger batteries, etc.

Do you understand now?............

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:31 3

37. jbitounis (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

I understand your point of view. However, it is debatable whether "beefier" specifications are synonymous to innovation. Arguably, one of the most innovative Android phones of 2013 has last year's specs (Moto X). Reversely, would you feel Apple would have innovated if iPhone 5s sported a 5-inch screen, had a 3000mAh battery and an SD card slot ? I wouldn't. Apple, or anyone else for that matter, just cannot reinvent the smartphone every year. In my opinion, the smartphone experience will stay fundamentaly the same and can olnly be improved upon - at least untli there is a huge technological achievement on another field (materials etc).
Finally, some people (a lot, apparently) just don't care for the lack of customizability of iPhone and prefer instead the feeling of being catered for by Apple through a very polished albeit sandboxed experience. It's whatever floats your boat, really.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:33

39. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

So in a nutshell you're saying...all phones should take the same approach. more power, bigger screens, external storage. I understand now...hypocrisy is in style.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:31 7

14. taikucing (unregistered)

I don't see any new features. Just some gimmicks

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:42 2

15. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

you got some issues 64-bit is innovation all the other devices are like xp now

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:41 9

20. jb4674 (Posts: 145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Actually it's not innovation. All it means now is that Apple is going to pull a typical d1ck move and enforce that all apps be created using 64-bit architecture so that any devices running 32-bit won't be able to update to the new version unless that customer buys a new iPhone.

Yeah, real innovation.....

FU Apple! I can't wait to get rid of my POS iPhone and buy an Xperia Z1.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:21 1

25. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Smart choice JP.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:31 2

18. samzkrnd (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)

My notebook has fingerprint scanner..(3 years ago)

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:23 1

26. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

My Atrix ha've the finger scanner 2 yrs ago.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 18:20

47. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

smartphones had capacitive touch displays since forever, doesn't mean you can't improve on them.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:42

21. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

My theory is the FP sensor is going to harm more then help, its not so much the tech that is to blame as it is to understand, your skin an print change over the course of a day in the real world.
Hands are tools an dry, get soggy, get rubbed off etc, FP readers do not like that and thus leading to lock out situations.
I'm not saying it won't work majority of time, but I am saying it won't work some if the time.

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