Apple iPhone 5S has arrived: first 64-bit chip in a phone and fingerprint sensor included

Ladies and gents, after months of endless rumors, the Apple iPhone 5S has just gotten official. The new iPhone 5S is all about improvements under the hood as it keeps virtually the same design as the iPhone 5. 

But boy are those improvements big - the new iPhone 5S comes with a brand new Apple A7 chip, the first ever 64-bit chip on a phone. Not just that, Apple has made big changes to the iPhone camera adding a larger sensor and slow-motion video supper, and it has also included a fingerprint scanner right inside the home key.

Apple A7 is the first 64-bit mobile chip

The new iPhone 5S features a brand new Apple A7, the first 64-bit chip on a smartphone. It comes with 32-bit and 64-bit compatibility, and Apple touts the chip to deliver double the performance in CPU and GPU performance.

Apple brings OpenGL ES 3.0 support and that’s great news for gaming. Apple showed the third and last game in the Infinity Blade series and its graphics look mind-blowing.

Along with the Apple A7, the new iPhone 5S features an M7 co-processor that always tracks the motion sensors - accelerometer, gyro, compass. This will enable more precise tracking and a new generation of health and fitness apps.

Fingerprint scanner built inside new ‘sapphire’ home key

Just like all rumors said, the iPhone 5S comes with a fingerprint scanner built right into a new home button. The main use of the scanner would be to easily unlock your device, but Apple might also use this as authentication for an iPhone wallet app.

The new home key is covered in sapphire, a tougher and more scratch-proof material than usual protected glass.

New camera: bigger sensor, new lens and dual LED flash

Apple has also improved the camera in the iPhone 5S. It now comes with a bigger sensor with larger 1.5m pixels and an aperture of f/2.2 aperture, wider than the f/2.4 one on the iPhone 5. In simple terms, both these improvements aim to make a more sensitive camera that should take noticeably better low light shots.

The camera app has gotten new features too. It actually captures multiple images and selects the one with the sharpest focus for you. It is capable of automatically setting white balance, exposure, and it creates what Apple calls a "dynamic local tone map" 15 zones auto-focus metering. All this should make images sharper.

Another new features is dual LED flash. Now, instead of one LED flash light, there are two with different colors, so when they fire images preserve their natural colors. Previously, firing the flash would often result in colder toned images.

The camera app also gets an awesome 120 frames per second slow motion video recording mode at 720p HD quality. And you can fire burst shots at 10 frames per second. It seems we have a new gold standard for cameras, don't you think?

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 finally introduces a third one and that’s gold. Gold here refers to just the color, mind you, there is no actual gold in the device. This is not an aggressive, lush color - instead a more refined, champagne-like tonality. Black is also gone and replaced with gray.

Battery that lasts longer than the one in iPhone 5

The new iPhone 5S has also gotten a longer lasting battery. 10 hours of talk time on 3G, 10 hours of browsing on a 4G LTE network, and 10 hours of continuous video playback.

Apple iPhone 5S release date and price

Finally, the Apple iPhone 5S pre-orders kick off in just three days on September 13th, and a week later the phone will be available for purchase. Thus, the iPhone 5S release date is set for September 20th, on Friday. The new iPhone will arrive to 100 countries and 270 carriers by the end of the year.

Pricing remains the same, all prices below are when the device is purchased with a 2-year contract:
  • iPhone 5S 16GB price: $199
  • iPhone 5S 32GB price: $299
  • iPhone 5S 64GB price: $399

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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. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Good A7 chip but thats deeply needed to pull something really good out with all the lets face it now better competition from Android OEMs and i have to say i was looking forward to it but thats a deep disappointment....

17. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I love it! If Samsung was building a 64 bit CPU in its devices, a lot of people on PA would cry because of happiness and would take it as clear proof of Samsung's innovativeness and superiority. But when Apple does it, they speak of a "not so great thing". Why? Because people are used to Apple being the prime mover = innovator. The iPhone 5S is surely the most innovative and powerful smartphone on the market.

19. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hahaha....the first couple of lines where correct but you kinda lost your way after that.....first of all most of the people on this site hate samsung as much as apple, also how is this phone innovative! the 64 bit structure is made by Samsung so technically its not apples to claim ownership of second of all the fingerprint scanner has been used by motorola and thirdly the camera is nothing sorry this is not innovation!

21. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

WHo go sit down somewhere man... lol you should be feeling tingly inside from all the HATRED you're releasing...

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I think the word you are looking for is Invention, Innovation is nothing new, is something that ALREADY existed but better.

28. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Apple develops its own CPUs! They bought a company for doing so years ago. Having developed the CPU, Apple approaches manufacturers and ask them for building it. Samsung does not own a thing of Apple's CPU. Samsung just builds it as Apple developed it (if Samsung is still the manufacturer, I don't know whether Apple picked them again for the A7).

61. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Anyone following tech news knows Samsung makes Apples chips, it's not innovation when you outsource. that being said we could at least give Apple iFans something to chew on, yes they where the first to USE this tech even if someone else invented it. Thats why you pay $800 for an iPhone ; - )


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

im sorry but your comment really makes no sense. why is it that because it is outsourced means it isnt innovation? Apple designed it themselves and just gave the design to someone to make for them, it is still innovation. what youre saying is the same as saying you came up with a fantastic new cake recipe but bcos you dint bake it, it isnt anything new/great.

27. zhiae unregistered

dont be gimik just wait for geek binch a phonei will get punched they just dont know how to do it gpu powervr in s4 is the proove

74. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

OMG it's whole new language...please translate!

32. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Doesn't seem to a lot of point in a 64bit CPU yet. Maybe in a couple years, and laying the groundwork for it now it wise, but that's about it. Its a good phone, but innovative it is not.

41. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2362; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Or maybe because Intel has been talking about creating a 64 bit processor for use on smartphones since last year. EDIT: And I should add that their processor is on track to be released in smartphones and tablets at the beginning of next year.

53. bobbyco

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hahah who is making the A7 CHips for Apple? it is samsung. samsung is building a 20 nano chip compared to a 45nano chip . pleae get the facts straight.... lol innovation? please give me a break...

67. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Samsung built the A7 chip. so theres that.

62. stemider

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

We have to wait for the next Iphone with bigger screen. They probably have it already and testing. IMO the new iOS 7 looks too colorfull and almost like Christmas theme - they should give people choice of at least 2 themes - the second should be not-so-colorfull. Now it looks too childish.

68. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

After the iPhone 4S apple started taking parts from different companies other than "Samsung" was like a phase out cuz of the problems between both. iPhone 5 is the proof : Screen: Apple bought new screens from factories like LG, Sharp and Japan Display inc. Battery: by Sony RAM memory cards: Company became Elpida is a leading supplier of memory cards and Samsung turned to a possible secondary resource for memory cards. Internal memory: SanDisk Corporation has become is a leading supplier and Samsung turned to a secondary resource potential. (Not many people know this) iPhone A7 chip is Made by "TSMC " NOT " SAMSUNG " ... (No more Samsung) Ignorants Need To Get Their Facts Straight!! TSMC is a Taiwanese Company and the deal with Apple was made on August,2011 they had few trials with A5 & A6 dual core chips... But now they made the quad core A7 more powerful than A5 n A6. Ciao

70. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

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73. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Apart from a bigger screen and NFC, I don't really see how Apple could have done much more with the 5S. I'm a WP / Lumia user, but even I have to admit that the 5S is beautiful to look at. It's small, light and has extremely high build quality. The screen is as sharp as you need and the camera was already recognised as being one of the best on a smartphone, and that's without the further improvements they have made. I'm not sure if any other company could have integrated a fingerprint scanner in such a seamless way, although I do accept that we have yet to see how reliable it is in the real world.

77. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You wouldn't have seen a bigger screen on this release anyway, since the major physical changes happen with new number on the roadmap (3, 4, 5, etc). iPhone 6 might bring a slightly bigger screen, but we won't know until next year.

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I guess I'm a bit excited how 64-bit and fingerprint technology works, otherwise iOS 7 looks so ugly and uninteresting that my excitement won't last too long.

43. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The finger print scanner.. ok, it has a use, though it's very underwhelming if it's only useful for unlocking your phone at this point. Fun.. but meh. As for the 64bit processor.. yes, a lovely technological marvel for sure, but it goes right along with how many Apple fans love to bash on the Android phones for having 4 plus cores - not something you'll even notice is there. I'd like to know just how much bigger the camera sensor is. That is a nice upgrade however at those tiny sizes, I'm not sure it would be noticeable.

3. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Wow! 64-bit! Now I can take full advantage of all that RAM!

12. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

Hey it is 64 bit data bus, it has nothing to do with RAM you only 30 bits to address 1GB of ram

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The only iOS phone that can run 64 bit programs. Talk about fragmentation.

5. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013


8. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013


10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

WTF is wrong with you?!

6. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

WOW...Now that can be easily called a revolution...

7. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

WTF ?!!!!!!

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

im guessing he is being sarcastic....

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