Apple has released details of the next iteration of its iPhone smartphone, the iPhone 5s, as well as introducing an all-new model, the iPhone 5c.
Apple is billing the iPhone 5s as the first 64-bit smartphone in the world. The device will feature the new 64-bit A7 chip, bringing 64-bit desktop-class architecture to a smartphone. The iPhone 5s will also come with iOS 7, which Apple is calling the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology. Apple has engineered iOS 7 and all the built-in apps to maximise the performance of the A7 chip.
The iPhone 5s also includes the new M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency. Developers can also access new CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M7, so they can create even better fitness and activity apps that go well beyond what other mobile devices offer. The M7 motion coprocessor continuously measures your motion data, even when the device is asleep, and saves battery life for pedometer or other fitness apps that use the accelerometer all day.
The iPhone 5s also comes with a new eight megapixel iSight camera, with 'True Tone Flash', and introduces Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor, allowing users to securely unlock the phone using one finger. This uses a laser-cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyse it to provide accurate readings from any angle. All fingerprint information is encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s, not on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud. Touch ID can also be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store.
“iPhone 5s is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, delivering desktop class architecture in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5s sets a new standard for smartphones, packed into its beautiful and refined design are breakthrough features that really matter to people."
The iPhone 5s will be available in three metallic finishes: gold, silver and Space Grey. The anodised aluminium body has diamond-cut chamfered edges, a 4in Retina display and glass inlays. It is expected to become available from 20 September, with prices ranging from £549 to £709, according to model specification.
Apple also announced the iPhone 5c, an iPhone with a reduced technical specification compared to the company’s flagship iPhone 5s. Available in five colours – blue, green, pink, yellow and white – the iPhone 5c will have a 4in Retina display, an A6 chip and eight megapixel iSight camera. It will also have a new FaceTime HD camera and iOS 7. The phone body is made from a single, hard-coated polycarbonate body with a steel reinforced frame. The steel frame holds the internal components and also doubles as the iPhone 5c’s multiband antenna. The enclosure is one continuous structure, finished with a hard coat for a durable and glossy surface.
“iPhone 5c is everything iPhone 5 was and more, in an all-new design packed with great features,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5c is designed with a beautiful polycarbonate enclosure that looks and feels so solid in your hand.”
Pricing for the iPhone 5c ranges from £469 to £549.