The second phone, the 5S, is “the most forward-looking phone we have ever created,” said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple. It will come in silver, gold and “space gray” and run a new chip, the A7 that is up to twice as fast as the A6.
Schiller said the new phone can run more health and fitness applications. These apps have become increasingly popular as more people use them to track exercise routines, calorie intake and even sleep patterns.
I know so many people who use My Fitness Pal. It makes a huge difference being able to track your calories.
The camera in the 5S received some major upgrades, including several automatic features designed to produce better photos.
It has larger pixels, which helps capture more light. The phone also has a two-tone flash feature that is designed not to clash with the colours in the room or a person’s skin colour – something Schiller said has not been done on a phone before.
The camera, called iSight, has “auto image stabilisation,” which helps avoid blurry pictures, and a slow-motion camera for video.
The 4s photos are okay, but still quite inferior to a proper camera.
The 5S also includes “Touch ID,” which reads fingerprints at a “detailed level,” Schiller said.
He said it is “fun and easy” to teach the 5S about your fingerprint and once you do, you can just touch the home button to unlock the phone. The company said fingerprints will not be stored on its servers.
Tying the fingerprint scanner to payments could also open new revenue channels for Apple.
That’s a smart idea.
However none of the new features would cause me to upgrade until my current phone dies. On an iPhone 4s and an iPad 1 and both working fine.Tags: iPhone