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iPhone 5S Vs. iPhone 5 Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | September 10, 2013September 10, 2013 5:40 pm PDT

Apple just unleashed the iPhone 5S upon the world this afternoon. Do you want one? Do you own an iPhone 5 already? Well, we’re here to provide you with a quick at-a-glance guide so that you can determine if it’s worth the upgrade. The hardware specs have been bumped or changed in several significant ways: An improved camera, a much beefier A7 processor and the addition of a fingerprint scanner.

We’ll be covering the iPhone 5S in much deeper detail, but in the meantime take a quick look at our spec shootout below.

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5
Display Specs 4-inch 1136 x 640 (326 ppi) 4-inch, 1136 x 640 pixel display (326 ppi)
Display Type Retina Display Retina
Operating System iOS 7 iOS 6
Processor Apple A7 (64-bit), M7 Motion Coprocessor Apple A6
RAM 1 GB
Storage
  • 16 GB
  • 32 GB
  • 64 GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, True Tone flash 8-megapixel iSight camera, Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP photos (1280 by 960) FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
Network
  • Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1533 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1453*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1530*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
  • GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
  • GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
1500 mAh
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning Connector
  • Lightning Port
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Sensors
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
GPS
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital Compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular
  • GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Digital Compass
Height 4.87 inches (123.8 mm) 4.87 inches (12.37 cm)
Width 2.31 inches (58.6 mm) 2.31 inches (58.7 mm)
Depth 0.30 inch (7.6 mm) 0.3 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 3.95 ounces (112 grams) 3.95 oz (112 g)
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver Black, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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