iPhone 5S Fast Facts: Features, Price & Availability

by Jacob Kleinman | September 10, 2013

iPhone 5s - Forward Thinking

Apple unveiled the long-rumored iPhone 5S today at a special event in California. The company announced a lot of other news within a few short hours, but if you’re looking for a breakdown of the new flagship ¬†smartphone then look no further.

The iPhone 5S in a nutshell

Fingerprint Scanner: Apple beefed up the iPhone’s security today with Touch ID, a fingerprint scanner that’s built right into the Home button. Touch ID can be used instead of a passcode for turning on your smartphone as well as when making an iTunes purchase.

A7 Processor: The redesigned 64-bit A7 chip offers twice the power and twice the graphics performance as the A6. Apple also noted that the new iPhone is 56 times faster than the original model in most cases.

M7 Motion Co-Processor: The new CPU works with the A7 to measure your physical movements. The M7 sports a gyroscope, compass, accelerometer and more.

Improved Battery: 10 hours of talk time over 3G and 250 hours of standby. Over LTE you’ll get 10 hours of web browsing and 40 hours of music playback.

Improved Camera: The redesigned rear camera offers a 15-percent bigger sensor for better performance in low-light, as well as an f/2.2 aperture. Apple also confirmed the rumored dual-LED flash, officially called True Tone. The new iPhone also offers automatic stabilization to reduce blurriness, and a “Chose Favorite” feature for picking he best picture out of a batch.

iOS 7: Apple’s redesigned mobile operating system will ship with the iPhone 5S.

Colors: Silver, Gold and Space Gray.

Cost: The 16GB model costs $199 with a two-year contract. A 32 GB model is available for $299 as well as a 64GB model for $399.

Dates: The iPhone 5S will hit stores starting on September 20. Apple did not announce when or if pre-orders for the smartphone will be available.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...