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Apple Announces iPhone 5S: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

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Say hello to the iPhone 5S! (Getty)

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 5S as one of the two new iPhones coming out on September 20. Here are five fast facts you need to know.

1. The iPhone 5S Will Come In Three Colors & Sizes

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The colors are gold, champagne and space grey (Getty)

Apple revealed today that the iPhone 5S will come in three colors; silver, gold, and “space grey.” The new devices will be available in three sizes; 16gb at $199, 32gb at $299, 64gb at $399 on a two year contract.


2. Apple Has Brought Us The First 64-bit Smartphone

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Apple’s Marketing SVP Phil Schiller presents the 64-bit smartphone at the iPhone 5s keynote event (Getty)

Apple’s new iPhone 5S will be the world’s first 64-bit smartphone. The new Apple A7 chip will feature 2x general purpose registers and over one billion transistors. Basically, it will be two times faster than the previous A6 chip. Apple displayed charts claiming a 40x CPU performance bump and 56x faster graphics.

The A7’s sidekick is the new M7 processor, which will make its debut in the iPhone 5S. This is how Apple describes the new piece of hardware:

“M7 knows when you’re walking, running, or even driving. For example, Maps switches from driving to walking turn-by-turn navigation if, say, you park and continue on foot. Since M7 can tell when you’re in a moving vehicle, iPhone 5s won’t ask you to join Wi-Fi networks you pass by. And if your phone hasn’t moved for a while, like when you’re asleep, M7 reduces network pinging to spare your battery.”


3. Its True! The iPhone 5S Home Button Will Have TouchID (Fingerprint Scanner)

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SVP of Apple Marketing Phil Schiller telling the audience about the new feature of the iPhone 5S (Getty)

Apple’s iPhone 5S will feature a brand spanking new home button visually distinguished with a silver ring around it. The new button is titled “TouchID”.

TouchID is a new addition for this particular set of smartphones. It allows users to negate the use of a login code for fingerprint scan access supporting months of production rumors. This feature will also be extended to iTunes Store purchases. This truly is a next-level feature. Expect this to permeate into our future Apple devices.


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4. The iPhone 5S Camera Has The Sharpest Smartphone Lenses

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Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller discusses how powerful the new camera is with the audience (Getty)

One of the biggest and most important features of the iPhone is its picture and camera quality. The iPhone 5S camera will feature an f2.2 lens with 15% larger sensor. Apple has also included their own photo filters in iOS7 to go along with the new hardware.

The camera comes along with improved features, like auto-stabilization, a new burst mode that will take 10 frames a second, and most excitingly 120 frames per second video capabilities. Morphing your iPhone into a slow-motion camera, this facet of your smartphone has become the best part. The camera will also record video at 720p with live video zoom, which was note previously possible on the iPhone.


5. It Will Have Improved Battery Life Compared To Other iPhones

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This chart demonstrates the increase in power for the CPU that helped with enhancing a stronger battery

The iPhone 5S will feature improved battery life, with 10 hours of 3G talk time and 10 hours of LTE browsing.


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