Comparison – Apple iPhone 5S vs Apple iPhone 5
The Apple iPhone 5S was officially announced yesterday in Cupertino, California to a packed audience, while the Apple iPhone 5 was announced on 13th September last year.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the first iPhone with a larger, 4-inch screen. At the same time, it became thinner, with a more elongated body, with measurements of 7.6mm in thickness and weighing 112 grams, making the iPhone 5 the thinnest and lightest iPhone yet, and is made of glass and aluminum. Based on what we saw yesterday, Apple’s iPhone 5S will be as thin and light as the iPhone 5 and the form factor will essentially remain the same with a 4-inch Retina display and metallic unibody design.
While many expected to see the inclusion of the A6X chip which appeared inside the iPad 4, but once Apple confirmed a brand-new A7 chip, which is a quad-core processor for the iPhone 5S which follows the convention of the latest processor coming out on the single-digit iPhone rather than the ‘S’ series iPhone, like how the iPhone 5 was powered by the then-new A6 chip that’s twice as powerful as the chip on the preceding iPhone 4S. The A7 is the first-ever 64-bit chip from Cupertino, so along with running on four cores expect the 5S to be unparalleled in terms of speedy performance, with about twice the processing power of the iPhone 5.
Unexpectedly, Apple did not come out with a 13-megapixel camera for the iPhone 5S’s iSight setup, instead retaining the 8-megapixel shooter of the 5, but with slight improvements such as a 15% larger image sensor, larger aperture at f2.2, and a dual-LED flash that can combine both LEDs flashes to create multiple types of flash exposures, which should in theory allow for a more balanced and realistic feel. The front-facing Facetime camera is also said to be much improved, together with more features for the Camera and Photos apps to round out camera enhancements for the 5S.
The iPhone 5 was the first iPhone with 4G LTE capability, which will come with the 5S as well but Apple was also expected to include the next generation of its very own operating system the iOS 7 with the 5S, which should be released to all capable Apple devices by September 18 including the iPhone 4 and iPad Mini. iOS 7 will bring a ton of new features and standalone apps which the previous iteration of iOS on the 5 did not, including iTunes Radio app, AirDrop file-sharing, even more voice commands for Siri, and search available on the home screen itself.
Aside from the operating system, the single biggest change to the 5S from the 5 is the inclusion of the gold or silver ring around the home button, which signifies that the fingerprint scanner to unlock the device is present. This new security feature is the most noticeable cosmetic alteration to the iPhone 5S, but iFans who expected more pronounced physical changes will most likely be disappointed.
Do the improvements to the iPhone 5S impress you? Have a look at our spec chart below for a blow-by-blow comparison of these 2 Apple flagship phones, and let us know in the comments if you will be getting the iPhone 5S.
The table below highlights the different specs of Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5.