Apple has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S, loading the premier device with a custom fingerprint scanner.
The iPhone 5S features a similar design to the iPhone 5 but features a host of enhanced internal components. Chief among these is the iPhone 5S' use of the next-generation A7 chipset and upgraded 2GB of RAM.
Apple claims the A7 is the world's first 64-bit mobile chip and will make the iPhone 5S one of the fastest smartphones in the word, offering 40-times better CPU performance than the iPhone 5.
The exact speed of the chipset remains unknown as Apple refuses to disclose the figure, arguing it is a false representation of the device's performance and it is more about how well the component is optimised for the software.
The A7 chip will also work alongside Apple's newly unveiled Motion co-processor (M7). The M7 measures the accelerometer, compass and gyroscope of the phone to tell apps things like if the user is stationary, walking or driving.
Another key addition is the iPhone 5S' in-built fingerprint scanner. The feature is designed to make the iPhone 5S more appropriate for business use, offering a further layer of protection against potential data breaches via lost or stolen devices.
The Touch ID Sensor works by scanning the sub-epidermal skin layers of the person holding the iPhone to verify their identity before unlocking. As a safety measure the user's fingerprint is only stored on the A7 chip and is never uploaded to Apple's iCloud.
The iPhone 5S will also feature upgraded camera technology, boasting an 8MP rear-facing camera with f2.2 aperture. Apple claims the rear camera will boast a 15 percent larger sensor area than the iPhone 5's and capture larger pixels. This means the iPhone 5S should be radically better at taking photos in low light. It will also feature a new 10-shot burst mode, like those seen on most current Android devices.
Past this the iPhone 5S specifications remain largely unchanged with it featuring the same 4in Retina display as the iPhone 5. But Apple has extended the colour options beyond the normal white and black, replacing black with a grey model, along with a white version and a new gold option.
The iPhone 5S will also come running Apple's latest iOS 7 operating system. Apple claims the OS is its biggest mobile software update to date. It adds hundreds of new features and services, including upgraded font and notifications services.
As an added boon to developers Apple also confirmed the iPhone 5S will feature OpenGL ES 3.0 support. Google was the first company to add OpenGL ES 3.0 support to its mobile devices, loading it onto its latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. The support allows developers to create better looking apps, while reducing their memory and CPU demands.
Apple lists the iPhone 5S as having a 10-hour battery life, though it declined to offer the component's exact specifications.
The top-end iPhone was unveiled alongside Apple's first ever lower-cost iPhone, the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5S will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions costing £549, £629 and £709 SIM-free respectively.
The iPhone 5S is set to arrive in the UK on 20 September. Check back with V3 then for a full review of the new iPhone 5S.
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