Apple Announces iPhone 5S

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iPhone 5SAfter numerous rumors and ample speculation Apple finally unveiled its latest flagship handset at the company’s “this should brighten everyone”s day’ event on Tuesday.

As expected the iPhone 5S will be powered by a faster chipset. This time around Apple’s latest flagship will run on a brand new 64-bit A7 processor. The upgrade will mark the first 64-bit chipset on a handset and Apple announced that iOS7 will also be able to run at 64-bit as well. According to Apple the upgrade should result in a significant performance increase;with the iPhone 5S doubling the CPU and graphics performance of its predecessor. 

In addition to the new A7 chipset the iPhone 5S will feature an M7 motion co-processor. The chip continuously measures motion data (i.e. gyroscope, compass), providing data that developers will be able to access and utilize in their apps. The iPhone 5S will also boast longer battery life, with up to 10 hours of 3G talk or 10 hours LTE browsing, and upwards of 250 hours of battery life on standby.

Apple will also introduce a new camera lens-design complete with an F2.2 aperture. The sensor will offer a 15 percent larger area, aimed at increasing the pixel size to 1.5 microns in hopes of fostering better image quality. In true Apple fashion the camera will be relatively simple to use with apps that set white balance, exposure and focus automatically. The camera will also offer ‘true tone flash’, which consists of two LED flashes, one white and the other amber. The two combined flashes will reportedly allow the camera to achieve better color balance with the use of flash. The camera will sport a number of new handy features including auto image stabilization and a new burst mode allowing for 10 fps. The camera will also allow for better video with 720HD video capture at 120 fps and a new slow-motion feature. 

One of the most notable new additions to the iPhone 5S will be its fingerprint scanner. The scanner will be built directly into the home screen button, which will be comprised of sapphire to ensure its durability. The thin metallic ring that surrounds home button will act as a detector turning the scanner on and off. The scanner will be capable of reading multiple prints and will be able to do so from multiple orientations. Best of all with Touch ID users will be able to use the scanner to log directly into their Apple ID accounts.

The iPhone 5S will be available with a two year contract starting at $200 with the 16GB model, $300 for the 32GB variant and $400 for the 64GB version. Apple will start accepting pre-orders on September 13 and the handset will be available for purchase starting on Sept. 20. 

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