Apple Announces iPhone 5s With 'Touch ID' Fingerprint Sensor

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At its media event today, Apple introduced the new iPhone 5s. In line with expectations, the iPhone 5s will be the same size and design and the current iPhone 5 but will feature improved specifications and will be available in three colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

    Internally, the iPhone 5s will feature a 64-bit A7 processor that will be up to twice as fast at CPU tasks. Another significant new feature is a "Touch ID" capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the home button that's capable of scanning sub-epidermal skin layers. Touch ID can be used to unlock an iPhone and authorize iTunes purchases.
    iOS developers will not get access to the users' fingerprint as a means of authentication, according to AllThingsD, which spoke to Apple SVP Phil Schiller. He declined to comment on whether that sort of access may come in the future.

    The rear camera in the iPhone 5s has a new 5-element lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a sensor that is 15% larger than the current iPhone 5, as well as a dual-LED "True Tone" flash that will adapt to the existing lighting to provide better colors and more accurate skin tones. Other new camera features include Burst Mode, capable of capturing 10 pictures per second and automatically selecting the best shot, and Slo-Mo 720p video capture at 120 frames per second.

    The company also launched a new line of $39 leather cases for the iPhone 5s.

    The iPhone 5s will cost $199, $299, and $399 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models respectively with a 2-year contract. Non-contract, unlocked devices will be available at launch for $649/$749/$849.

    The iPhone 5s and the lower-cost iPhone 5c that was also announced today will be available in stores in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK starting on September 20.

    Notably, there will be no preorders for the iPhone 5s.

    Article Link: Apple Announces iPhone 5s With 'Touch ID' Fingerprint Sensor
  2. rtdunham, Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2003
    St. Petersburg, FL, Northern KY
    That surely means the next iPads will be 64 bit. What incredible gaming machines they'll be.

    And I hope somebody brings out an app to turn the camera's 20-image bursts into gifs.

    The camera improvements are what will motivate me to buy. The speed improvements are awesome, considering these are really pocket computers. The touch ID is a convenience but without NFC it isn't important to me. Sounds like we'll need to wait another year before that comes.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2006
  4. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    Day one buy for me, just for the A7 and better battery life, and the Space Gray color. :)
  5. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
  6. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    that black color should've been in the first place with the iphone 5.
    reminisce of the iphone 4 design, and I like it!!
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
  8. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    Not liking the black, looks like white/silver for me!
  9. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2006
    you cant be serious. jony ive was working overtime on this
  10. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    so do I.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    I'll be interested to see how scratch-resistant the backs are. That's clearly the reason they dropped the Slate in favor of "space grey."
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2004
    San Francisco, Terre d'Ange, Bas Lag, Gallifrey
    If it comes to T-Mobile's new LTE Advanced network, I'm in line the second it's available.

    I rather like the gold and space gray. The black... not so much.

    Huh... No 128GB model, though. I wonder if this means NFC is also out, though I'd likely not use it.
  14. macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2008
    ND, USA
    Apple dropped the ball

    I think sticking to the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage was a miss, especially when flash storage keeps coming down in price....
  15. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
  16. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    wish they made the jump to 128GB phone

    i guess since other phones come out with such crappy numbers they didn't feel need to raise it up

  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    Interesting to hear the claim that Fingerprint data will not be uploaded to iCloud or accessed by other App's.

    I wonder if this decision was made pre or post 'Snowdon'? In any case it is good new's if it is true, as this would have been a deal breaker for me.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2006
    i think you should just be glad they arent still charging for a 4GB.

    the innovators at apple havent got a clue
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2012
    Cupertino, CA
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
  21. macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    Then what would they have to market with the iPhone 6? Maybe a redesign, but new storage flavors will definitely help the marketing side of things.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    I understand Apple wants customers to use iCloud, but I prefer to keep my files on the phone. They really should have dropped the 16GB option and gone with 32/64/128. Thanks Phil, but I'll "soldier on" with my iPhone 5. :rolleyes:
  23. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Being an iPhone user since standing in line on June 29th 2007, and having owned every single iPhone since then, and being the biggest Apple fan out of everyone I know—I'm going to pass on this one. The fingerprint thing is cool, and 64-bit is nice and all, but I've never used my iPhone 5 and thought that it was slow. It will be interesting to see what developers do with the M7 processor. This is a solid upgrade for those who haven't upgraded in a while, but I don't see many iPhone 5 users upgrading this time around.

    Here's to hoping for a liquid-metal iPhone 6 with a 4.5–4.7" (wider not taller) display, further improved camera, NFC wallet for mobile payments, and 802.11ac, and 32/64/128GB at current price points. I'm not saying that the 5S should have had all of these features, but I'm hopeful that the iPhone 6 will have many of these features.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    I did, what about it?
  25. kaielement, Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    macrumors 65816

    Dec 16, 2010
    So they get rid if the iPhone 5 make a 5c and 5s and make the 4s free wow. Keeping the 4s and cut the 5 I don't get it. Correct me if I am wrong.

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