Apple iPhone 5S now Official! Specs, Price, Changes

After months of speculations and online leaks, Apple finally breaks its silence as they officially announce the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in today’s Apple September 2013 keynote event. Yes, we are already aware of its imminent coming but what’s important now is if it lives up the hype of all Apple iPhone fans worldwide.

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Hello iPhone 5S!

iphone 5s colors

The iPhone 5S is the expected next iteration with some software and hardware upgrades of the existing Apple iPhone 5. First on the list is the new Apple A7 processor which is now built with 64-bit architecture commonly found on PCs and desktops. What it basically means that iPhone 5S can now process high processing apps and games with almost 2x CPU and graphics performance compared to the iPhone 5. It is also the very smartphone in the world that has a 64-bit processor built-in within the device.

The iPhone 5S camera was also upgraded this time. Though it still has the same 8 megapixels sensor, the aperture is now bigger at f/2.2  plus 1.5 micron sensor. This just means photos become more vivid and clear with now more light coming in to the camera sensor. Moreover, it now has a dual-LED true-tone flash which further balances the light to reflect a more natural skin tone on your photos.

Touch ID Feature

iphone 5s touch id

Another cool thing about the iPhone 5S is the new Touch ID or their built-in fingerprint sensor. Apple did a great job on redesigning their old static home botton and replaced the internals with a fingerprint sensor to further improve security. With Touch ID, you can now just place your finger on top of the home button and it will automatically authenticate your fingerprint to unlock your iPhone 5S. In the same way, you can also use this new feature to authenticate purchases made through the Apple App Store.

iphone 5s fingerprint sensor

Speaking of software, the new iPhone 5S will now showcase the latest Apple mobile operating system, the iOS 7. The iOS 7 has a whole new look and feel with tons of new features compared to the previous iOS versions. You can check the full details here.

Before I forget, the iPhone 5S now comes in three (3) different colors: Silver, Space Gray and the new Gold version added in the list.

Here’s the complete iPhone 5S specs:

  • 4.0-inch IPS LCD display (640 × 1136 resolution @ 326 ppi)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2 w/ Oleophobic coating
  • Apple A7 Dual-Core (64-bit) processor
  • PowerVR SGX543MP3 (triple-core) GPU
  • Apple M7 Motion Co-processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB Internal Storage
  • 8 MP autofocus rear-facing camera w/ dual LED (true-tone) flash
  • 1080p video recording
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 720p @ 30fps
  • DC-HSDPA 42 Mbps / HSDPA 21 Mbps / HSUPA 5.76 Mbps / LTE 100 Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (dual-band)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
  • Touch ID (fingerprint sensor)
  • iOS 7
  • 1,440 mAh Li-Po battery (non-removable)
  • Silver / Gold / Gray
  • 112 grams (weight)
  • 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (dimensions)

Release Date & Price

The iPhone 5S is expected to be released on the US this month with the 16 GB starting at $199 (on 24-month contract). As for the iPhone 5S release date in the Philippines, we can expect it to be anytime in December same as the previous years. Local iPhone 5S pricing has not yet been announced but we can expect it to be around Php 30K+ (for the 16 GB) up to Php 40K+ (for the 64 GB).

Stay tune for more updates regarding the  iPhone 5S prices in the Philippines once they officially land here in the country. So what do you think about the new iPhone 5S? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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