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An Introduction to the Apple iPhone 5s

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By Patrick Armknecht

As a wireless customer that has been eligible for an upgrade to my cell phone for the last few months, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the new iPhone. After much anticipation, Apple recently announced the release of the iPhone 5s. The phone, which will be available for purchase on September 20, 2013, includes a number of new features. Some of the more interesting features available in the iPhone 5s are as follows:

  • Touch ID – The 5s includes a fingerprint identity sensor. This technology allows users to scan their fingerprint in lieu of entering a passcode to unlock their phone, or make purchases from iTunes, the App Store and the iBooks Store. The phone allows you to enter multiple fingerprints so that people you trust can use your phone as well. 
  • 7 Chip – The new 64-bit chip improves the performance of the CPU and the graphics available in the 5s. Apple claims that the new chip is two times faster than the chip used in the iPhone 5.
  • M7 coprocessor – The M7 motion coprocessor measures motion data. The coprocessors works in conjunction with the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. Apple believes that the inclusion of the M7 coprocessor will significantly reduce the battery consumption for fitness apps users.
  • iSight Camera – The new camera includes a number of enhancements. To start, there is a larger sensor, larger pictures and larger aperture resulting in more light in the photos and ultimately, better quality pictures. Additionally, the newest camera has auto image stabilization which should improve the quality of photographs taken by those with shaky hands.

Although it’s not a feature, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the 5s will be available in a Space Gray, Gold or Silver finish. The phone will retail for $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model.

For a more detailed explanation of the features available in the iPhone 5s, please visit Apple’s website.

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