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The new iPhone is here, and while it doesn’t come with a brand new number, it does manage to sneak in a few new features that aim to make it the best iPhone yet.
You can expect the new iPhone to be better than the old iPhone, but if you look at both of them — the 5 and the 5S — you might be confused that you were looking at the same phone.
There are a few subtle differences in design, but none of them in the casing, as Apple has kept the same chassis in this instance, now available in three colours: space grey, gold, and silver.
The button on the front has changed, however, and no longer features the friendly squircle (yes, it’s a thing) which told everyone that this was the home button. Instead, it’s now void of markings, and is made of laser cut sapphire crystal with stainless steel detection ring and a fingerprint scanning sensor underneath.
At the back of the iPhone 5S, there’s another thing to help differentiate it from the iPhone 5, and that’s the flash, which now includes two LEDs for the flash, as part of Apple’s True Tone flash technology.
The camera has also changed to support this, with an increased aperture, bigger sensor, and better support for low light due to the new technology.
Everything else has changed on the inside of the phone, though, and includes a new processor, called the A7 and designed for 64-bit operations that can also run the older 32-bit applications.
An extra motion processor (M7) has been thrown inside this new phone, with the idea being that it will specifically capture motion and movement based activities and store them, alleviating some of the stress put on the processor which in turn takes some of the load off the battery.
Connectivity options haven’t really changed from the prior phone, and include 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and support for 4G LTE.
Storage is the same, too, with choices of either 16, 32, or 64GB, while the ports and buttons (outside of the front button design) remain identical too, including the availability of Lightning and 3.5mm ports at the bottom, a power button up top, and the volume buttons and mute/rotation switch on the very left side.
Other features don’t seem so different, including the weight at 112 grams, the thickness at 7.6mm, the 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass screen protection, 4 inch 640×1136 screen (326ppi), and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.
Oh, there’s one other thing that’s new, and that’s Apple’s update to its iOS operating system. Preinstalled to the iPhone 5S is iOS 7, the very latest edition of the operating system with less emphasis on making the phone look like an older piece of hardware, and larger fonts, a more vibrant and flatter design, and more places to drag your fingers with gestures aplenty that do all manner of things.