As expected, Apple introduced the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c at its product release event this week. iPhone 5s now comes in two new colors, gold and silver (in addition to the standard black model), and its internal makeup includes a A7 processor with a 64-bit architecture, a fingerprint identity sensor, a faster iSight camera, and a M7 coprocessor designed to measure motion data for the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.
The form factor of the iPhone 5s is similar to the iPhone 5, with sleek aluminum housing, metal and glass. But the addition of the gold, silver, and spicy gray color models makes the popular phone looked more polished and upscale in design.
The biggest noticeable change for the 5s is the Touch ID feature which alleviates the need to enter a passcode in order to unlock your phone or to make App Store purchases. The new sensor technology captures your unique finger print down to the most minor details, undetected by the human eye.
Your finger print information is encrypted and stored not on Apple’s server, but in the new A7 chip, and it’s never available to other software, nor is it stored in iCloud. If you share your iPhone with someone else, or you want to have a backup access, additional finger prints can be scanned to the device.
Apple also improved its popular camera, which now sports a wider f/2.2 aperture, and a new low light auto-image stabilization feature that when you press the shutter instantly takes four quick photos and merges them for the best blurry-less image.
For really low light conditions, the iPhone 5s comes with what is called a Two-Tone Flash, which measures the color temperature of the available light and then fires the white and amber flashes together to create a balanced color tone and image. And for great action shots, Apple added a photo burst mode, similar to existing third-party multi-shot apps, that continuously takes 10 shots per second while you hold your finger on the shutter. In addition, the HD movie camera now allows you to select parts of a video clip and apply a slow motion effect during playback.
The iPhone 5s goes on sale starting September 20th, for the same price as the previous model: 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399).
So far the new iPhone 5s has received mixed reviews. Let us know what you think of this new version. Are you planning to upgrade to the 5s?