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Apple iPhone 5S: all new features review

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Sep 2013, 04:52

This year the big thunder in the bi-annual "S" upgrade 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, 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...

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posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:43

22. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

I liked the camera photo quality only, they're good with just 8 MP.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:00

23. 1701nino (unregistered)

This was expected of apple,this is the year of an "S" upgrade,next year they will surely release a phone with 2048x1536 resolution display,maybe 5' inch,my only gripe is that the iphone 5c isn't cheaper.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:55

27. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

This, by far, is the biggest step an S model has taken for the iPhone. I think Apple is starting to get the picture that they absolutely cannot just do small updates and expect people to flock to them. Google, Samsung, and HTC have done an awesome job at not only catching up to Apple, but drawing people's attention away from the iPhone as well. This is the first iPhone S model I've been excited for. And I'm excited for the future. Remember iOS 7 was born only a few months after Scott Forstall was ousted. And having had iOS 7 for a few months now, Apple has made huge steps. I can only imagine what will result from them having a full year to work on iOS 8 with a brand new iPhone.

People keep throwing around the world innovative and how the iPhone 5S lacks it. But the thing is, you're not going to find many innovations that will wow you like they did a few years back. When the iPhone marched into the smartphone market (back then it was just a feature phone) it was innovative because it was made for the consumer and to be honest, smartphone manufacturers before it were lazy (except BB). Now that all there are so many players in the smartphone market, you're going to be pressed to find a monolithic innovator like Apple was. The most recent Galaxy S was called gimmicky. The new iPhone is being called evolutionary instead of revolutionary. But I think that's going to be the trend. As we move forward, things are going to take smaller steps. Companies that try to do too much without a core focus will be called gimmicky. Companies that take small focused steps will be called evolutionary. They may both get rave reviews, but they won't wow us like they used to.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:04

28. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I think the finger print access is much needed for all smartphones. People are growing increasingly tired of passwords and Touch ID will solve problems with stolen iPhones and hopefully will help with site usernames and passwords. Sure, Apple doesn't give sites access to finger prints, but with Keychain, I'm hoping you'll go to a site, flick your thumb on the Touch ID sensor and have it automatically enter your username and password.

The M7 chip is also exciting. Given how active some people are becoming (hopefully more), the M7 will work well with 3rd party apps to give a more accurate picture of miles ran/biked/walked. Even if we don't see an iWatch, this will be awesome.

And as a very amateur photographer, I always appreciate the better camera.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:47

30. sks1969 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)

Don't know how secure this is. They explained how the finger print data is saved but a 101 things can go wrong in between, I mean the software the takes the input from user could be hacked, that is why I guess no devs get access. We cannot be sure that all devs do secure programming.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:16

34. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

They said the print information is stored in the processor and not uploaded to Apple's database or to iCloud. Probably smart considering all that is going on with the NSA. It would be difficult to hack into the processor.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 10:53 1

33. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

you changed your name? i remember you from before. what's been up man?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:42 1

40. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Not much. Still staying up with the tech world. PhoneArena lost much of its conversation as people started hating Apple more and more so I took a while off. I still read the stories, but refrain from commenting. I changed my name legally so I changed it on here too.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 14:43

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

Posting after a very long time....
Someone else is using your avatar?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 21:56

50. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Nope...Chaseism and JeffdaBeat are the same person...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 10:02

31. xfire99 (Posts: 940; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Would like too see a test of fingerprint scanner can be fooled by a "copy" of fingerprint, like face unlock for android.
Will be very unsecure , if it can be fooled like androids face unlock with a picture and gold mine for thieves to steal info from the phone. All biometric scanners on smartphones/tablets are best to avoid to use, if have importants data stored and passwords is the best choice.

64 Bit cpu is just a gimmick, unless it comes with 4GB RAM.
Only worth to mention is the camera and Im sure it will take nice pictures.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:27

36. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

That one I'm not sure about. Apple said it's a capacitive touch on the sensor so you wouldn't be able to hold a photocopy of the finger print to unlock the phone. Any more advanced steps would mean someone REALLY wanted to get into your phone and Apple's protection shouldn't be the only line of defense. This will help people when it comes to losing their phones and others not being able to guess the passcode. It would also help with parents making it so their kids can't randomly buy apps or music.

The CPU is all about how programmers use it. So far, the iPhone not the apps used on it has suffered from a lack of RAM. Apple tends to give the iPhone exactly what it needs to run the OS and apps. From the start iOS has sipped when it comes to power consumption. But I do think this is a result of them trying to get into the gaming industry. Right now, Nintendo is struggling with the Wii U, but doing well with their handhelds. Apple is probably looking to grab that market. We'll see.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 10:41

32. reTechboy (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)

i think other countries should ban the entrance of iphone 5s in their country, cause this phone just design to be spy on peoples for USA,
imagine if someone touch the home bottom, the phone will automatically send his/her finger print and his/her pic (via front cam) to NSA or other secret agencies!!! and after 1 year USA will have an information bank of at least 1 billion people in earth!!!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:33

38. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I hope this post was in jest...but just in case, I'd recommend you reading a bit of Apple's posts about the fingerprint scanner. If you don't like reading, watch the video (they are actually short for once). Basically, they store the print information in the A7 processor. It's not uploaded to iCloud or Apple's servers. The government would have to actively hack your phone's software in order to grab that information. I'm not sure on the law with that. They can intercept information sent and received over the airwaves (voice/text/data), but I don't think they can go further without a warrant. And remember how hard it was to jailbreak the iPhone because Apple started having things authenticated through the A5/6 chip.

Also, the US has been intercepting calls no matter who made it. Your phone's mic can be turned on even if Samsung or HTC manufactured it. Same goes for landlines. If you band the iPhone 5S because of that, you'd have to ban all phones.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 12:53 2

41. abd.champ (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)

A moment of silence for all the Apple fanboys on the gayest phone launched ever *Scans his middle finger on the fingerprint id sensor* #iPhone5s

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 15:10

44. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Haters gonna hate

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 16:07

45. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

You apple supporters really put a smile on my face. Are you guys seriously hyping a cpu upgrade that won't be fully utilized to it's full capabilities? A Ferrari engine in a go kart is still a go kart. The phone is smaller then feature phones. Ios7 looks like samsung easy mode on my s4. Just stop it apple 5sucked again. Money money money could careless about user wants and industry standards. Apple should be sued for being this dumb and charging this much for a speedy go kart and it's push kart brother that's some how almost the same price. Ridiculous

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 18:24

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

Looks who's saying CPU upgrade that wouldn't be utilized bwhahahaha!!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 20:26

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

Apple would gain more customers if they did three simple things to the iPhone:

1. Add removable storage
2. Increase the size of the screen (5" +)
3. Outfit the device with a larger capacity (3000mAh and above) battery

If the suggestions above were to be implemented on the iPhone, they could charge a single price for the device and make the customer happy because he/she would be able to upgrade the storage on the phone anytime, have a larger display that would allow more productivity and not have to worry about charging the device constantly.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 03:30

51. zaidalrawi80 (Posts: 21; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Who says Apple products are out of the innovation so WHY Samsung cribs from Apple and put to its devices?

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