Apple’s iPhone 5S comes with 64-bit A7 chip, dedicated M7 motion processor and fingerprint reader inside

If iPhone 5C was about retiring iPhone 4, and making iPhone 5 $100 cheaper, the newly announced iPhone 5S is about the best stuff Apple can think off to put in its next generation flagship.

Most of the iPhone 5S specs and features have been leaked before, but Apple still had a few surprises in store on a launch day.

The first and biggest one – a new A7 CPU that runs the whole shebang. It’s runs on 64-bit architecture, just like your desktop PC. According to Apple, A7 CPU and graphics performance is twice as fast as previous A6 chip.

iPhone 5S also comes with a dedicated motion processor, dubbed M7, which continuously gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass even when device is asleep and Core Motion APIs, which let developers make use of it. This is an interesting combo that should create a whole new class of activity and fitness apps.

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Apple has made some improvements to iPhone 5S camera. It’s still 8 megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture,  but it has 15% larger sensor with 1.5-micron sized pixels and automatic image stabilization, which should allow for better low light pics. iPhone 5S can also shoot 720p video at  120fps.

And, of course, there’s a long rumored fingerprint sensor built into home button, called Touch ID. It reads your fingerprint via capacitive touch sensor at 500 ppi resolution, does it real fast, from different angles. And, at least in demo, seems to work really well. Other apps can use Touch ID, too, ending for iPhone 5s users the need to deal with messy passwords once and for all.

Both iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S preorders start this Friday, and the new devices ship on September 20th. iPhone 5S price in the U.S. is – $199 for 16GB model, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • J N

    Apple had become from evolution to tricky brand now a days.Apple doesn’t publicize the amount of RAM in its phones. But iPhone 5 has 1GB RAM and iPhone 5S is not likely to have more than 2GB. The processors that have 32-bit architecture can’t make use of more than 4GB RAM. That makes 64-bit processors useful in servers and high-end machines that require more RAM. However, in smartphones and tablets the tasks that require more than 2GB or 3GB RAM are yet to appear.

    The performance gains claimed by Apple are likely coming from the improved architecture in the the A7 and not because the A6 is a 32-bit processor while the A7 is the 64-bit processor.

    The other big feature in the A7 that Apple highlighted was compatibility with OpenGL 3.0, On Android side, phones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 are already OpenGL 3.0 compatible.