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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iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. mapads2k3

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

New colors are features? GTFO!

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

That's what they call innovation

8. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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


Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 26, 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......


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Gold and black looks better than white and gold™

2. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

3. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

4. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Oh don't you dare.

5. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 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!

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

rubbish - personal opinion

9. MrTzr unregistered

PA just get your Z1 and review it!i

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

10. haim_04

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 28, 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

11. alexfiran

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

you can say everything about nokia but not about their 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

16. mrturner

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

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

17. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

29. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 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 !

46. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 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

13. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

19. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 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?............

37. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

39. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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.

14. taikucing unregistered

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

15. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

20. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Smart choice JP.

18. samzkrnd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

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

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

47. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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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