Apple Announces iPhone 5Sby Anand Lal Shimpi on September 10, 2013 1:33 PM EST
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Apple just announced the iPhone 5S.
The chassis remains similar to the iPhone 5, although it's now available in three finishes: silver, gold and space grey. The latter replaces the previous black iPhone 5. The display remains unchanged from the iPhone 5, but internally there are some big improvements.
The iPhone 5S features a new 8MP rear facing camera with 15% larger sensor area (1.5µm pixels vs 1.4µm). There's a brand new 64-bit A7 SoC, featuring an updated Swift architecture. Apple is promising up to 2x the CPU performance and up to 2x the GPU performance of the iPhone 5.
The home button is replaced with Apple's new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, with support built in to iOS 7.
Apple promises the same if not better battery life from the iPhone 5S compared to the iPhone 5.
The 5S will be available starting on September 20th.
Check out our full coverage of Apple's Town Hall event in our live blog.
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orthancstone - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkEven though the announcement of the 5c pricing made it obvious the 5s would start at 16GB, I still think it makes no sense at all.
You first introduced 16GB in June of 2011, Apple. Time to up the storage on your premium device!
kyuu - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkBut then how would they collect that extra $100 for $5 worth of NAND?
steven75 - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkFunny how Google was still on 8 GB base storage (even on devices with no SD slot) until just recently yet the resident Google fans still try to claim Apple is the one overcharging!
sgupt - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkDon't be dense. Google was charging $299 and then $199 OFF CONTRACT for an 8GB Nexus 4.
Impulses - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkI'm a big Android fan and I think both are equally stingy when it comes to NAND, everyone is tbh... Who's selling a 64GB phone for $200? In Google's defense tho, the next step up in situate is usually only $50 (whether it's for a Nexus phone or tablet) and most Android devices can easily access external storage (USB OTG)... Ironically, the Nexus 4 is one of the few current or last gen phones with no USB OTG support (technical issue, wasn't by design I don't think, it works on the newer tablet).
solipsism - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - linkSo what you're saying — even though you don't realize you're saying it — is that they should charge $850 for the 64GB model, $845 for the 32GB model, and $840 for the 16GB model. Of course you'll say that it should go the other way but let's remember that Apple is a for-profit company that has figured out what the best prices are to get a certain average margin, which means your scenario is just wouldn't cut it. In fact, the one you secretly suggest doesn't cut it either has restricts too many buyers except those willing to buy the 64GB model.
MrSpadge - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - link+1
LarsBars - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkAnand and Brian, can you confirm if there is wireless charging or NFC?
kappa - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkI don't think they are every going to use the current type of NFC solution, which would be a waster of effort and investment. Bluetooth low energy (is that what it is called now?) is their NFC solution. Wait for 802.11ah for NFC to truly take off.
Impulses - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - linkWhy would NFC be a waste? I'm already using it with my camera pretty frequently, it's handy.