News: October 2013

Iphone 5s And 5c

Apple have officially announced the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. Here is a comparison of the new must-have smartphones.

Let’s begin with the iPhone 5C, which is more of a repackaging exercise rather than a new phone. It’s essentially the iPhone 5 with an array of colourful polycarbonate shells; the internals, on paper at least, remain unchanged.

Like they did with the iPhone 4S, Apple is debuting new technology with the iPhone 5S. It is powered by a new chip, the A7, which is the first 64-bit smartphone processor, and Apple are claiming that the new chip and 64-bit iOS 7 combine for a 2x performance increase.

iPhone 5S owners don’t have quite as many colours to choose from (just silver, grey or gold with a black or white fascia), but they can opt for a lot more internal storage. While the 5C tops out at 32GB, the 5S comes in a 64GB model.

Both the iPhone 5S and 5C feature 4-inch “retina” displays with native resolutions of 1136 x 640. This is unchanged from the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5S and 5C also both have an 8MP camera, but it’s not just about the megapixels when it comes to cameras. The 5S has a larger aperture and its CMOS sensor has a larger active area. It’s also surrounded by two flashes (one white and one amber) which should make for much better shooting when artificial illumination can’t be avoided.

You can also take slow-motion video with the iPhone 5S, but you can’t with the 5C. Whether this is down to the camera, the A7 chip, or both, remains to be seen.

The iPhone 5S is 20 grams lighter than the 5C. At 112g, it weighs the same as the iPhone 5. Its measurements haven’t changed either. The 5C is slightly chunkier, though not by much. It’s about half a millimeter taller and wider, and 1.3mm thicker.

Apart from the new chip, display, and camera, the iPhone 5S has one other feature the 5C doesn’t: the Touch ID sensor. This is likely to be of interest to business users who want security for corporate email accounts. The Touch ID sensor is a biometric sensor in the iPhone 5S home button and scans the user’s fingerprint in order to unlock the phone.

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