Apple launched the iPhone 5S along with the 5C, pouring cold water on those expecting an iPhone 6. But hey, the new derivatives of iPhone 5 are no pushover. My earlier article panned the iPhone 5C. It’s now the turn of iPhone 5S to take center stage. Comparisons between the three versions that is 5, 5C and 5S reveal that 5S is notches better than the other two.
The rest of this article delves into what makes the iPhone 5S is the current heart throb even though it is the most expensive Apple phone to date.
Yes No. 1: Exterior
5S shows that it indeed belongs to the iPhone 5 family. Its avatar is just a tad different in the cosmetic treatment of its derma.
Colors: The skin of the 5S is available in 3 colors- White, Gray and a check-me-out Gold. White is a familiar color to iPhone lovers. But the graphite hued gray and champagne gold are big attractions. It is obvious that customers were looking for a new form factor which the gold seems to satisfy. As per the latest news trickling in, the gold iPhone 5S is in huge demand with customers willing to shell exorbitant amounts for it.
Apple is a premium brand and coupled with a royal color as gold, its show off value increases manifold. iPhone lovers want to get their hands on this new color to be the early ones to claim bragging rights!
The chamfered edges, aluminum rim, volume keys and the ring/silence keys, also coated in the new colors, are found in this version as well.
The solid build case and thought out contrasts lends the 5S a semblance of being sturdy yet attractive.
Yes No. 2: Display and Software
iPhone 5S sports the same 4 inch display screen as its predecessor iPhone 5. We don’t know if the compulsion to be identified with the iPhone 5 or to continue teasing us with a smaller screen size has forced Apple to retain the same screen size. A closer investigation reveals that the culprits could be the rotund home button (a finger print sensor for 5S) at the bottom end and the earpiece and front camera placed one below the other at the top end. Other phones, especially those sporting 5 inch screens have worked out ergonomic designs to provide the essential features without causing discomfort to the holder, example Samsung Galaxy 4. Oh, by the way the screen’s vivid and crisp at 326 pixels per inch and resolution of 1136*640.
On screen functions are purely a proprietary of the iOS 7. In fact they come out in full glory in the 5S, smooth, responsive and delightful. The complimenting functions of iOS 7, A7 and 64-bit architecture manifests brilliantly on the surface. Grapevine has it that Apple has garnished 5S’free apps list with Garage, Keynote, Numbers, movie and photo.
To understand the iOS 7 better, read my article authored in this website. Mobile application development and specifically iPhone application development will hope to experience exciting tumults!
Yes No. 3: Sensor
It may not have stretched the screen but it has a nice ring called fingerprint sensor to replace the slightly receding home button. The iPhone 5S provides you with an option to just use your finger to access your phone instead of a password. After all it is your mobile, it’s got to recognize you, isn’t it?
You can tap into the Settings page (use the phone’s guidance is you need tips) and register your fingerprint to let the phone know you are its owner. If you are the generous type to pass your phone to others also then you can register the others’ fingerprints as well. The phone can register up to 5 fingerprints. On registered the phone recognizes your finger print and then allows you access to it. Please be informed that the phone may take some time to get accustomed to your finger print. Therefore, don’t be surprised if the phone asks you to “try again”.
Yes No. 4: Camera
Apple’s worked hard on the 5S’ camera department and wants a pat on its back. We’ll take a rain check on that, after dissecting the 5S camera. Here’ some quick stats:
- Camera nos.: 2 (front and rear)
- Resolution: 8 MP (rear camera) and 1.2 MP FaceTime HD (front camera)
- Aperture: f/2.2 (rear camera)
- Flash: Dual LED flash called True Tone flash
- Image Signal Processing (ISP)
- Burst Mode (up to 10 frames per second)
The iPhone 5S has an improved 8 MP rear camera that delivers impeccable pictures and videos. Apple has introduced a dual tone flash called True Tone featuring a cool and a warm tone. So whenever you shoot a scene, the OS and camera system together detect the ambience of the scene and activate the flash using the right combination of LEDs to deliver true to original picture.
To use the Burst mode just press the shutter button a tad longer and shoot. The camera shoots upto 10 fps in burst mode and smartly processes the best captured features from among the frames. These are saved with a flag tagged on the pictures the 5S thinks are important.
Apple hasn’t forgotten the video aspect. A Slo-Mo camera mode is introduced in the 5S which films at 720 pixels videos at 120fps. This can be played at slower pace at 30fps. A built-in timeline slider allows you to slow a desired portion of the video. You can also share this video from your iPhone using the iOS 7 phenomenal sharing features.
Yes No. 5: Processors and Battery
Apple has been touting the A7 as the best hardware to partner iOS 7. It does turn out to be true. A7 pushes the OS to display unravel itself in full glory. The blush wallpaper, slick icons, crisp text and colorful animations that has fans ooh and aah are due to the A7 engine as are the quick app launches and nifty response, smooth transitions between screens and functions and support content rich functions (camera).
M7-the motion twin of A7: Let’s call it the power manager. Apple knifed off this motion co-processing chip with the A6. The A6 metamorphosed into the A7 and this baby got christened the M7. This whiz chip takes over from the A7 when it detects the phone’s dormant status and commences processing for low power apps. This serves to conserve batter power during standby boosting its power per charge. In addition to this task, it behaves like a sensor hub, gathering data from motion dependent apps like compass, accelerometer and gyroscope thereby economizing the battery usage. Third party apps especially the health and fitness dipping into sensory functions will benefit from the M7.
Imagine a situation where the M7 detects if you are walking or driving and provides you the directions. And, if you are driving, it may bar iOS from requesting you to connect to Wi-Fi networks along the way. That’s M7 for you, folks!
Battery: the 5S boasts of a 5.96Kwh battery that saves approximately 10% more battery power. These savings is plowed back to enhance the performance. The stellar role played by M7 and intelligent management algorithms of the iOS 7 are great contributors in bringing about a better battery performance.
The 5S outperforms all other smartphones, across all OS technologies, and within its family as well. The new OS, iOS 7 and powerful multi core processors – A7 and M7 do their bit to multiply its performance. Camera, multi tasking and other user critical functions climb to new heights that taking you, the User along with them! Apple has, at the same retained the well appreciated technologies like Retina display in the 5S as well.Those indulging in iPhone app development now have a complete setup to run their iOS 7 based apps.
It is not surprising that despite being birthed at the same time, this stately iPhone is selling more than the 5C, labeled as the common man’s iPhone.
iPhone 5S -the best smartphone available… today!