I relented and got an iPhone 5s - Will I notice a difference from iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Risco, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Risco macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Finally relented as managed to get a brand new unlocked phone from CEX ( still had wrapping and even was able to get the free apps! ) for £250 when trading in my old phone.

    Apart from the obvious touch id, is there a big difference in performance etc or is it negligible?
  2. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA

    If you do normal tasks like texting and email, I think you won't big games and things that need procession like exporting an iMovie video you will notice a difference.
  3. thegrants82 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2013
    Right here
  4. vijayvasa macrumors member

    May 28, 2010
    I did the same thing just on Saturday and now I was thinking I should have saved 200 by going to 5c.
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Depends on your usage. You should be able to tell.
  6. Raffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2013
  7. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    It depends on if you're detail oriented or not. I notice the difference between the 5 and 5S right away. And that was before I was looking for the performance gap.

    If you're the kind of person that can't tell that there is a difference in quality between 720p and 1080p, then you won't care about the 5S' speed.
  8. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2013
    Not night and day but definitely faster. Safari has the most noticeable improvement. Animations are smoother than my old 5 and my fiances 5.

    iOS 7.1 seems to make the 5s really fly.
  9. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    if you jailbreak and use virtual home it is definitely better. other than that you probably won't notice a thing.
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Even playing graphic heavy games?
  11. boobie12 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2012
    Not really even though touch I'd was awesome. And a better camera. But it wasn't enough for me so I went back to my 5 and also I hate the space gray color. Love the slate 5
  12. easy-peasy macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    I love my 5s :)

    Touch ID is a really convenient way to keep your phone secure with a complex password, yet unlock it in a flash without having to type it in.

    The 64-bit processor is a bit more 'future proofed' than the iPhone 5 so it will get more updates for longer.

    The one-handed operation is really underrated compared to the monster pancakes you see running android.

    And the camera is the best-in-class for a smartphone.
  13. Raffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2013
    Yes, my wife has a 5 and I have a 5s and they are just as fast doing anything. I got the 5s for the better camera and my black 5s was scratched to death.
  14. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Strange, I've come across some demos where graphic heavy games were smoother/faster on the 5S in comparison to 5/5C.
  15. Risco thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Touch ID and the camera is only thing I have noticed so far, hoping for improved signal with Three at my workplace in Tunbridge Wells as the reception is pretty ropey there! Pretty impressed with the camera in low light I have to say!

    Any apps or games that you would recommend?
  16. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    You won't really notice. TouchID is great but you don't notice the speed difference in the majority of apps. Fast on paper but the os and apps don't push it. I think a previous poster said future proof but not when you only have 1gig of ram. I swapped my 5s for the Note 3 but before I did I had got a 2nd gen Nexus 7 tablet and both were a great combo. Once I got the Note 3 I returned the Nexus 7 because it was redundant.
    So for 2014 it's either iPhone 6 with a 3rd gen Nexus 7 or the Note 4. I can never leave Android but I don't miss iOS. If the iPhone didn't have app dominance it would be no different than Windows Phone (a capable smartphone). The Note 3 is a throw everything in the kitchen sink type of device with 2 negatives; plastic build and slow os updates.
  17. TouchMint.com macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2012
    I've noticed a the speed a bit as well as camera improvements. TouchID is kinda cool but now whenever I use my iPad I just sit there with my finger on the home button hoping to log in but nothing happens haha. The biggest upgrade I've noticed is the battery (maybe bc my 5 battery was horrible?) but yea the upgrade has been nice.
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I would imagine that there won't be much of a difference in most situations.
  19. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Maybe now you can choose a passcode that's more secure instead of just convenient to unlock.
  20. regkilla macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2013
    who cares?
  21. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    The M7 processor might make certain fitness apps more viable and less battery intensive. For example, there is that pedometer app which constantly tracks your number of steps, if you are into that sort of thing, and is designed with the 5s in mind.

    The 64-bit processor and A7 chip are obviously faster, but I am not sure if you will notice the difference in everyday usage.

    As mentioned, another main draw are the free iWork's and ilife apps, which you can now also cross-install on your iPad, if you didn't already have them.

    I am curious as to why you decided to upgrade. The iphone5 not working out well enough for you?

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