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Apple Reveals the iPhone 5S with Fingerprint Sensor

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Sep 10, 2013, 12:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Sep 12, 2013, 2:41 PM

Apple today announced the iPhone 5S, a refresh to the iPhone 5, that will be available in slate, silver, and gold. The iPhone 5S is made from aluminum with chamfered edges and a 4-inch Retina Display. Outwardly it looks similar to the iPhone 5, but Apple says the iPhone 5S has numerous internal changes. The iPhone 5S is run by a 64-bit system-on-a-chip processor called the A7, which was designed by Apple. Apple says the chip has over 1 billion transistors and offers desktop-class performance. iOS 7 and all Apple apps have been rewritten to run in 64-bit (they will also run in 32-bit on older devices). Apple claims the processor is more than twice as fast as the iPhone 5's. The iPhone 5S runs OpenGL ES version 3.0, it offers 56 times faster graphics performance. The 5S contains what Apple calls the M7 Motion Coprocessor, which continuously measures accelerator, gyroscope and other motion data to work better with health and fitness apps. Last, the A7 supports Xcode in order to make it easier for developers to port their apps. Apple claims the new iPhone will offer 10 hours of 3G talk time or 10 hours of LTE browsing time, with standby time clocking in at 250 hours. The iPhone 5S has an improved 8-megapixel camera. Apple redesigned the lens, which has 5 elements and an aperture of f/2.2 for better low-light performance. Apple also enlarged the size of the pixels so they capture more light. The camera takes multiple shots and selects the best one, and can adjust the dual-LED flash to match the ambient light for correct skin tones. It also adds a burst mode that can fire up to 10 shots per second, and the video camera can shoot 720p HD video at 120 frames per second for slow-motion videos as well as 1080- HD video at 30 frames per second. The iPhone 5S also features a fingerprint sensor, which is built into the sapphire Home button. Apple calls the feature "Touch ID." The sensor scans sub-epidermal skin layers at 500ppi to read the owner's fingerprint. It can read fingerprints in any orientation and is used to unlock the iPhone or authenticate things such as app purchases. As with previous iPhones, the 16GB model costs $199, the 32GB model costs $299, and the 64GB model costs $399 with a new two-year contract. The iPhone 4S will continue to be available for free with a new contract. The iPhone 5S will be available for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.

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Sep 10, 2013, 1:34 PM

Verizon iPhone 5S: Can it Talk and Surf at the same time?

I can't figure out if this is now possible to Talk and Surf on VZW with the 5S. Does anyone else know?
no idea I can with my S3
The answer is NO. The only carrier that is able to do that is ATT because the voice GSM and Data WCDMA dont use the same connection.

Where Sprint and Verizon are both 3G CDMA for voice, data, and LTE.
The iPhone does not support SVLTE (simultaneous voice & LTE) so no, the Verizon and Sprint iPhones cannot talk and surf at the same time even when there is 4G coverage.

Sep 10, 2013, 1:53 PM

As someone who isn't an Apple fanboy

I actually like the iPhone 5S. Looks nice.

Not that I'm going to get it or anything.
Its the same as the iPhone 5 is.
I'm curious why the home button is referred to as the "sapphire button"?...Hmm

Sep 12, 2013, 8:48 PM

No, thanks!

I'll pass on Apple this time. The 5S is pretty much the same as the 5 with a few cool-but-not-so-useful features. Apple is still behind in technology. No NFC, multi tasking = no bueno.
I'll wait to try the Note3 and G2 to chose ma' new phone! 😎

Sep 10, 2013, 1:00 PM


Granted I think we all knew this was coming but still. Yes is it faster and have better hardware and yes does apple usually only do major redesigns every other year, but the same size yet again and nothing really outstanding. From an Apple fan I'm disappointed
what were you expecting, its not missing anything it does pretty everything the flagship androids do and it does it better
Of course its the same size. You as an Apple fan don't want a bigger phone. Why? Because Apple said so.
Rusty Shackleford

Sep 11, 2013, 2:47 PM

No price drop on the old phones?

Really? So the remaining stock of iPhone 5 will be priced the same as a 5s? The 5c will be priced the same as the remaining 4s? I know the masses are dumb, but who would make such a purchase? Are they just going to pitch the remaining stock of 4, 4s, and 5 phones? If so won't that offend the environmentalists that they felt compelled to pander to by ensuring we knew Al Gore was at the meeting (for an elitist product for rich people no hypocrisy there lol) and by promoting that they didn't commit the heinous sin of using evil PVC in what will ultimately be their latest entry into their disposable phone series? Good thing environmentalists don't ask tough questions when they are being pandered to.
The iPhone 5 is selling for $99 new at most places. (Currently not at the phone carriers themselves, but radioshack/walmart have them cheaper)
No, they are discontinuing the iPhone 5. The 5c replaces it. The 4S is sticking around and will see a price drop to free on contract.

Sep 12, 2013, 7:06 AM

Correction for this article

Apple and all carriers are NOT taking preorders for the iPhone 5s. ONLY the iPhone 5c will there be preorders on 09/13/2013.
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Sep 10, 2013, 2:05 PM

iPhone 5s is the Worst update ever.

So they added a processor thats 2x faster than the iPhone 5, a camera that takes the best pictures of any phone on the market and it's running 64-bit now but what else has changed?

A fingerprint sensor, really? A whole new operating system?

The phone still looks like the older phone! It LOOKS the same!

Sure, maybe it's the fastest phone on the market, has the best camera, more apps, console-quality games, more LTE bands than any other phone, dedicated graphics and now motion processors while being the most secure phone on earth but it still looks like the 5.

Features the iPhone needs to get before it's finally a real competitor:

1. user-replaceable battery for those of us who carry an extra battery around with us. (I know ...
The 5S is a better update than the 4S was to the 4.

Your list is never going to happen also. So why even bother?
Lol best camera. Not even close. More apps? Not by a long shot. Console-quality games? If by console you mean the original Nintendo then yes. Hey does Siri work yet? Oh...No. Not yet. Well that is sad. Hey can you have widgets? Oh you don't kn...
i find it funny how ignorant people want apple to change the way it looks, why change some that works, Samsung learned that from Appler the S4 looks almost exactly the S3 all Samsung did was better camera better processer, and gimicky apps like eye tr...
>>So they added a processor thats 2x faster than the iPhone 5,

That's Apple's claim, and their marketing department has never been known to skew performance or misrepresent features. No point in reading any actual benchmarks, this is absolutely the...
justfinethanku said:
3. IR beam support, because I don't want to use my TV remote, thats what my PHONE is supposed to be for!

I am not sure if you are aware of this, but all Apple products have Sony cameras in them. It is useing Apples software, but its still a Sony camera. The new Xperia Z phones have an Excellent camera as well as HTC & Nokia. I really doubt it is the best...
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