A year after Apple slimmed down its rock-solid iPhone 4S and introduced the world to the svelte iPhone 5, its latest superphone – the Apple iPhone 5S – has been announced, with a similar design, but whole new interface.
After countless rumors and leaked parts, the iPhone made its debut on September 10.
It was no surprise that it looked similar to last years model, the iPhone 5, as iPhones typically have a redesign every two years; as was the case for the iPhone 4 and 4S.
We were expecting a larger screen to match up with all other High-end phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, instead we got the same 4-inch screen from last years model.
The iPhone 5S also comes in a new variety of colors. They discontinued their black color, replacing it with a new ‘Space Gray’ model. Also a new gold, or ‘Champagne’ color is now available.
In addition, the new iPhone has a fingerprint sensor, the first in its class. Apple is naming this new technology ‘Touch ID’. Users will be able to use this sensor instead of using a pin or password for authentication and purchasing items from the iTunes App Store. However, this is a huge privacy concern considering the recent leaks of the NSA by Edward Snowden. Apple claims the data will only be stored on the phone itself.
The iPhone 5S release date is September 20 and you can pre-order from September 13.
For two-year contracts, Apple says US pricing is set at $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB. At the same launch, Apple also released the iPhone 5C which is essentially an iPhone 5 reworked inside a plastic case at a budget price point.
The new iPhones will feature Apple’s latest iOS 7, Apples latest iteration of its mobile platform.
The iPhone 5S is going to set you back US$649 for 16GB of internal storage. Meanwhile the 32GB version is US$749 and the 64GB version is a wallet shredding £709 (US$849, AUD$1,129).
By Luis Valencia