Apple Announces iPhone 5S with Touch ID

Apple has finally announced a replacement for its troubled iPhone 5. Earlier today, Apple unveiled to the world an upgraded iPhone 5S, complete with fingerprint sensor, improved processor, and upgraded camera.

Apple Announces iPhone 5S with Touch ID

Apple Announces iPhone 5S with Touch ID

The rumours for the fingerprint sensor proved to be on the mark. Simply called “Touch ID,” the fingerprint sensor allows you a seamless, convenient and highly secure way to access the device. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to approve purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. The sensor is orientation-aware and offers 360 degree readability. The sensor allows the addition of multiple fingerprints, letting you add trusted users. The information is stored on the device, not in the cloud, further enhancing security.

As with every iteration in the past, Apple has upgraded the chipset under the hood. This time around, it’s a 64-bit A7 processor providing CPU and GPU performance at up to 2x faster that its predecessor, the A6 chipset. Apple is also claiming this is the first 64-bit smartphone processor. iOS 7 has been enhanced to take advantage of the improved processing performance, but those with legacy games and apps need not worry as Apple reports the A7 chip is backwards compatible. No word as yet on the clock speed or RAM improvements.

Apple Announces iPhone 5S with Touch ID

It appears Apple spent considerable time and thought going over the camera upgrades. The new camera reports a 15% larger 8 megapixel sensor with an upgraded 5 element f/2.2 lens. The larger sensor combined with a faster aperture should make for an increase in low light image quality. As usual, Apple didn’t stop there, adding image stabilization, 10 frames per second burst image capture, a two tone LED flash system for improved white balance, and a 120fps slow motion capture mode.


And last but not least, Apple has dropped black and white from their vocabulary and added three new colours: Gold, Silver and Space Grey. The iPhone 5S will initially be available on September 20th in 9 countries, including Canada, in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. Pricing will be expected soon via the various carriers, likely starting at around $199 on contract for the 16GB.

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