iPhone 5S specs confirmed: ‘desktop-class’ CPU, 720p Slo-Mo video, Touch ID fingerprint scanner, three colours

iPhone 5S specs confirmed: ‘desktop-class’ CPU, 720p Slo-Mo video, Touch ID fingerprint scanner, three coloursIn addition to the spanking new iPhone 5C, everyone’s favourite Californians lifted the lid on another shiny new iDevice tonight.

No prizes for guessing; it’s the iPhone 5S, which stands proud as the new flagship iPhone. Sounds like a bit of a beast, actually.

While the iPhone 5C is “For the colourful”, the iPhone 5S is described as “the most forward-thinking phone” Apple has ever created.

The headline iPhone 5S features are threefold, namely a super-fast processor, some fancy slow motion video trickery, and enhanced finger-based security.

Starting with the iPhone 5S processor, meet the all-new “desktop-class” 64-bit A7 chip. Super-nerds might find excitement in the promise of 2x general purpose registers, 2x floating-point registers, and over a billion transistors – twice as many as on the A6.

I have a degree in Computing Science, so I should really know what that all means. Uhm, in layman’s terms, the CPU and graphics are twice as fast as on the iPhone 5.

To give those figures further context, the iPhone 5S is an incredible 40 times faster than the original iPhone, with 56 times faster graphics.

Apple promises  “breakthroughs in performance for graphics-intensive games”, which was the perfect point in the keynote to bring out some guy from Chair for the official Infinity Blade 3 announcement. Oh baby! It lands alongside the new iPhones next week.

Alongside the A7, there’s the M7, described as a “motion co-processor”. It’s concerned with all the, well, motion stuff, and will tie in with health apps and that. He says, scoffing a bowl of chili with tons of cheese and sour cream.

Moving on to the iPhone 5S camera stuff, we’ve got – as predicted – slow motion (or “Slo-Mo”) video. It records at 720p, and you can set particular sections of video to play in slow motion. Example: guy running towards a swimming pool in real time, and diving in in slow motion. Wow, that’ll use a ton of storage. No 128GB iPhone 5S, incidentally.

The physical iPhone 5S camera has been predictably enhanced too (see: 5-element Apple designed lens with f/2.2 aperture), and there’s a Burst Mode that promises to capture 10 pics in a single second.

Finally, the third headline feature, it’s the fingerprint scanner thing (Touch ID), which I was initially quite sceptical about but now can’t live without. Hey, I am Mobot’s Head Apple Fanboy, after all.

Apple reckons half of smartphone users can’t be bothered setting up a password, but the Touch ID fingerprint scanner makes things ludicrously easy. Heck, you don’t even have to press; just rest your finger on the Home button.

Nicely, you can also use the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner to authenticate iTunes purchases. Sah-weet.

Oh, and Jan will be happy to hear that your top-secret fingerprints won’t be backed up anywhere; they’ll stay entirely local.

Other iPhone 5S spec stuff includes battery life of 10 hours 3G talk time, 250 hours standby, 10 hours LTE browsing, or 40 hours music playback.

And as for iPhone 5S colours, it’ll be available in gold, silver and space grey.

Quote of the keynote: “It's not just rampant tech for tech's sake. Every component and process has been considered and measured to make sure it's truly useful and enhances the user experience.”

I can’t help but feel that that’s aimed at Samsung, with their increasingly tedious “Check out these 6,529 software features that you’ll never actually use” type keynotes.

Anyway! Getting back to the iPhone 5S. Pre-orders will open this Friday (I’m guessing midnight on Thursday, to be specific), with the iPhone 5S release date being the following Friday, September 20. EDIT: actually iPhone 5S online orders appear to begin on September 20, same day as the in-store release. How odd.

Looking at iPhone 5S price, well, Apple has spared no thought for the economic downturn. The 16GB iPhone 5S gets the ball rolling at £549 (the latest iPhone used to start at £499, but hopped to £529 last year), while the 32GB model creeps up £30 to £629.

Right at the top, the 64GB iPhone 5S breaks through the £700 barrier at £709. Holy. Furg.

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16 comments

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:32

Getting one, Lewis?

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:45

I'm swaying towards "nah" at the moment, but ask me again at midnight on Thursday ;)

AhmadCentral  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:52

Lewis.... Was it you i saw queuing outside the Apple store just now....?

corgi74  Sep. 10, 2013 at 20:55

Orders usually start 8am on the Friday. Little tip for you, use the app not the website.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 21:06

I'm swaying towards "nah" at the moment, but ask me again at midnight on Thursday ;)
So you're getting it then ;)?

There's always the Note 3...it's a beast.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 10, 2013 at 21:09

I'm swaying towards "nah" at the moment, but ask me again at midnight on Thursday ;)
So you're getting it then ;)?

There's always the Note 3...it's a beast.


But it doesn't come in gold does it.

#iPhoneisbetter

loofer  Sep. 10, 2013 at 22:33

With the introduction of Touch ID I'm highly surprised they didn't get in on any NFC action. It just makes so much sense.
Would have even worked well if they were eventually going to launch an iWatch.

Unfortunately, Apple is the industry kickstarter. iPhone 5s with NFC launches on 20th and by 21st every shop in town would have had NFC payment devices... erm ok maybe not.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 10, 2013 at 23:12

I see a bunch of problems arising from that scanner thing. We'll probably have to add a sub-forum just for the "aaaaaaargh" posts!

When people answered their phone in the shower, they risked death. Now their soaked paws won't be recognised, and the caller won't even hear the last scream.

socialjeebus  Sep. 11, 2013 at 05:52

I see a bunch of problems arising from that scanner thing. We'll probably have to add a sub-forum just for the "aaaaaaargh" posts!

When people answered their phone in the shower, they risked death. Now their soaked paws won't be recognised, and the caller won't even hear the last scream.


Yep it's an unnecessary feature could could actually lull people into a false sense of security.

The reality is that there'll have to be a back-up / service option to bypass the fingerprint sensor rendering it pretty useless in terms of security.

eddyday  Sep. 11, 2013 at 07:34

Samsung will naturally be tripping over themselves to add a fingerprint sensor to the Galaxy S5, being the plagiarising con-merchants they are.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 11, 2013 at 07:45

Samsung will naturally be tripping over themselves to add a fingerprint sensor to the Galaxy S5, being the plagiarising con-merchants they are.

Woah woah woah!

No need to say they're tripping over themselves! :D

socialjeebus  Sep. 11, 2013 at 07:51

Samsung will naturally be tripping over themselves to add a fingerprint sensor to the Galaxy S5, being the plagiarising con-merchants they are.

Well actually they'd only be doing the same as the thieving, lying, plagiarisers (the judgement of the American ITC no less) Apple.

Apple once again were not first, they plagiarised Motorola, the Atrix from 2011 says hello.

https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/62441

But then fanboys like to ignore reality.

ferglar  Sep. 11, 2013 at 09:23

10 hour browsing lol! I love watching the percentage go down in front of my very eyes. Rendering a beautiful piece of tech useless to anyone not sat next to a plug socket.

lutin  Sep. 11, 2013 at 10:07

I'm no apple fanboy, but I think the scanner is a fantastic idea, for me it's the first genuine innovation in the iphone for years. I know the atrix had it, blah, blah, blah, but Apple's implementation seems much better (i.e placing it on the home button).

Note: it's only really aimed at the kind of people who use PINs to unlock their phone. If you don't, you're probably not that interested in it.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 11, 2013 at 11:00

Socialjeebus, the Atrix really really wasn't first. A number of pre 2007 WinMo devices tried it

madstock  Sep. 11, 2013 at 12:34

Socialjeebus, the Atrix really really wasn't first. A number of pre 2007 WinMo devices tried it

+1

I think I was probably the only owner of the Toshiba Portégé G910 in Western Europe. Which is just as well, as it was a real donkey to use.

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