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Top 10 iPhone 5S features

13 Sep 2013

Apple unveiled its two new iPhones on Tuesday, outing a slightly lower cost iPhone 5C model and the premium iPhone 5S. The launch was one of the flatter Apple announcements, mainly based on the fact that we knew almost all the details about the devices ahead of the offical release. But still much of the world sat with baited breath waiting to hear from Tim Cook and Jony Ive about their latest creations.

So now the world knows what Apple had up its sleeves for its next iPhones, we've listed the features of the premium 5S model, which houses most of the new technology, that we think are the most enticing and exciting for the business world.

10. OpenGL ES 3.0 support


Google has already added OpenGL ES 3.0 to its mobile devices, debuting the technology on its latest Android 4.3 operating system. The addition is a key feature designed to entice developers to create more applications for the ecosystem. The tech lets developers create much nicer-looking applications than before, letting them produce more detailed graphical textures and reflections. As an added perk the support also radically boosts OS compression powers. This means the improved graphics should theoretically require less processing power and memory when running.

Well aware of the benefits of OpenGL ES 3.0, mere weeks after Android 4.3's unveiling, Apple followed suit, similarly listing the new APIs' support as a key feature on its new top-end iPhone 5S smartphone in a bid to retain developer support for the iOS platform.

9. 4G connectivity

ultrafast-lte-wireless-apple-iphone-5sIt's no secret that the current iPhone 5 doesn't work on O2's or Vodafone's 4G networks, but Apple has finally resolved this with its new iPhone handsets.

This should make the iPhone 5S a more attractive proposition for mobile users wanting superfast browsing speeds, and keep the operators happy by allowing them to resell the popular device on their more expensive 4G networks.

Those customers on EE, O2 and Vodafone - and Three when its 4G services arrive in December - will be able to take advantage of the download speeds of between 18Mbps and 30Mbps if they choose to buy a 4G iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S also supports up to 13 LTE bands - more than any other smartphone - which means the premium Apple smartphone will work with most high-speed mobile networks across the globe.

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Madeline Bennett

Madeline Bennett is editor of V3 and The INQUIRER. Previously, she was editor of IT Week. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular technology commentator on TV and radio, including Sky, BBC and CNN. 

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