Apple iPhone 5s: Fingerprint Sensor, Faster A7 Chip, Better Camera for $199


Apple has announced the new iPhone 5s, featuring a new and more powerful A7 processor, fingerprint scanner, and much improved camera, which will be available on Sept. 20 for $199 at 16GB (with 32GB and 64GB version priced at $299 and $399, respectively).The new iPhone 5s also promises two hours of more battery life over 4G LTE.

The coolest feature of the iPhone 5s is TouchID, which is built right into the Home button. This fingerprint sensor, protected by a sapphire lens, is just 170 microns thin, but has a resolution of 500 pixels per inch, and can scan sub-epidermal skin layers. Users will be able to simply touch the Home button to unlock the phone and make iTunes purchases. 

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Design-wise, the iPhone 5s is made of a high-grade aluminum, looks much like the iPhone 5, but will come in silver, gold, and a new space gray color. The 5s will be powered by the new A7 processor, which uses a 64-bit architecture, the first one for a mobile phone. It’s twice as fast as the A6 processor in the iPhone 5, and will support openGL ES 3.0.

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A second chip, the M7, in the iPhone 5s , will continuously measure data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass, which will enable a bunch of new health and fitness apps. A new CoreMotion API can identify movement, and provide information for other apps, such as the Nike+ Move, which will help users keep track of activities throughout the day. 

A new camera in the iPhone 5s features a 5-element lens with an f2.2 aperture. Its sensor is 15 percent larger active sensor area, and has larger pixels, 1.5 microns in size, that will allow for better images. A True Tone flash uses two LEDs — a cooler white, and a warmer one–that, in combination, provide a more accurate light indoors. more natural skin tones, colors, and balanced lighting. Other camera features include auto image stabilization, burst mode, an 120fps slow-motion video capture. 

The iPhone 5s’ battery will offer up to 10 hours of LTE and Wi-Fi browsing.

 The iPhone 5s will start at $199 with 16GB of storage, and will be available on September 20. Stay tuned for our hands-on.

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