So by now you’ve probably heard that Apple officially announced the iPhone 5s.  At a glance it’s almost impossible to distinguish it from the previous iPhone, the iPhone 5.  However, don’t be fooled, looks are never the complete story.  So with that in mind, here are the big changes from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s.


iPhone 5s A7

The iPhone 5s has a brand new A7 processor.  Apple says it’s 56 times more powerful than the first iPhone.  Moreover, it’s the first smartphone to ship with a 64-bit architecture.  In real world use this will probably be reflected in gaming, resulting in graphics that have an uncanny amount of detail and realism.  In terms of speed over the last iPhone, all you need to know is that the iPhone 5s is twice as fast and iOS 7 has been built specifically to be compatible with this chip.

Finger Print Reader

iPhone 5s fingerprint

Yup,  This was long rumored, and honestly I didn’t think it would come to reality. Boy was I wrong.  The new iPhone 5s has a fingerprint reader, or as they’re calling it Touch ID.  Just touch your thumb or finger to it, in any orientation, and your iPhone 5s will instantly unlock.  It can also be used to make purchases from the iTunes, App, and Book stores, though you’ll be prompted if you want to enter your password instead.  Apple says that your fingerprint info is never “touched” by Apple, won’t be transmitted to iCloud, and will remain housed deep inside a virtual vault on the A7 chip.

Are You Walking


Thanks to the new M7 processor – yes another processor – the iPhone 5s can tell if you’re walking, running, or driving.  So if you head out for a run, or take a walk the iPhone 5s can track your steps and a send that info to an app of your choice without engaging the A7 chip.  Furthermore, if you’re driving - this is really cool – it will detect this and won’t barrage you with requests to join nearby WiFi networks.  Lastly, if you’ve engaged directions, the iPhone 5s can detect when you go from the car to foot and update the directions according.

New Camera

iPhone 5s Camera

In addition to an aperture of F/2.2 (slightly better than the iPhone 5 which had an f/2.4) for enhanced low light performance, the sensor is now bigger and so are the pixels, though the megapixel count or image size has remained the same.  This should result in crisper, more detailed pictures in any shooting situation, though that remains to be seen.  Apple has also tossed in a dual flash that can work together to produce less harsh light and in turn produce more natural skin tones.  Other features include an auto stabilization mode that captures 4 pictures and then combines them together to give you the best shot; slow motion video at 120fps in 720p mode (you can edit to slow-mo); and burst mode that captures 10-photos per second.

LTE For All

From a general consumer perspective this won’t be too titillating, but you might like to know that the new iPhone is now LTE compatible in more locations around the world.

New Colors


Although the iPhone 5c is coming in a wide array of colors, it’s a lesser, cheaper iPhone at just $99 on contract.  But that isn’t to say the iPhone 5s is devoid of more options.  This time around, the new iPhone, the real new iPhone that is, the iPhone 5s, is available in white, gold (champagne) and space gray.  We’ve long known about the gold colorway option.

iPhone 5s Specs

iPhone 5s Specs
Size 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm
Weight 3.95oz
Display 4.0-inch IPS 1136×640 (326ppi)
Battery 3,000 mAh
Processor Apple A7 Chip
OS iOS 7
Connectivity LTE|CDMA|GSM|HSPA
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Camera 8MP with  1.5µ pixels/HD Video/f/2.2
WiFi 802.11 dual-band a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Price $199, $299, $399

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."