upgrade from iphone 5 to 5s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zoneee, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. zoneee macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    As title says, is it worth to upgrade from iphone 5 to 5s?

    i do NOT plan to buy 6 nor 6s, too big for my taste. I will probably get the 7 if it has smaller bezels.

    I can probably upgrade spending around 100 euro.

    Touch ID seems a good reason to, but at the same time I don't want to do it and feel like even the 5s is an old phone and I did the wrong move. My 5 is doing fine, not too choppy or laggy, battery is ok.

    Anyone wants to share his opinion with me?

    - better camera
    - touch ID
    - best iphone with that form factor

    - money spent on something "old"
    - iphone 5s price might go really low when another form factor comes out with the 7 and the 5s is even more outdated
    - not a real upgrade in terms of speed, just a few new features
  2. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    5s is 70% faster than iPhone 5.

    iPhone 6 is only about 30% faster than iPhone 5S.

    Camera on the 5S and 6 are very much similar.

    Go for it.
  3. zoneee thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    thank you for your reply.

    I cant seem to notice much difference in normal usage between the 5 and 5s. What is the 70% faster consideration based upon?
  4. Conan86 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2012
    I don't know, I actually don't think there's a need for you to upgrade for the sake of upgrading.. if it wasn't recommended for users to upgrade from 5 to 5s two years ago, I don't see why it's changed over the years.
  5. zoneee thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    thank you for your reply. Maybe because its so damn cheap atm while it was way more expensive 2 years ago?
  6. Conan86, Nov 14, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015

    Conan86 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2012
    You're gonna have to spend the time selling and buying a used one which its condition and price is a hit or miss depending on your luck.

    I've actually used the 5, 5s and now 6s. I like the Touch ID a lot but other than that, everything on my 5 felt speedy actually. I did a side by side comparison of 6s vs 5s recently and actually found that the 6s was actually marginally faster on the apps I usually use. Some of them had no real difference at all.

    The advantage I could think of would be
    1. Touch ID which is very convenient
    2. Cases from 5 can be reused
    3. Better camera/video camera (slow mo, other than that you won't notice much difference unless you're doing side by side comparison)

    No real disadvantage except to spend time buying and selling, and finding screen protectors if you use them

    Edit: there were rumors that Apple may release another entry level iPhone at 4", I'm not counting on that rumor but since you're open to buying the 7 if it has better form factor, just hold out another year. I do believe they'll do something about it being too big
  7. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    TouchID is worth the upgrade if that is all you gained.
  8. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    The 5S is 64Bit and that uses more RAM, so the 5S reloads apps & webpages more readily than the iPhone 5. That would be enough for me to prefer the i5 as it's comparable speed-wise in real world use. As for TouchID, I didn't use it on the 6+ and I don't use it on my 6S+ so I would't say it's essential. YMMV.
  9. TWD98j macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2010
    Yes, Touch ID has certainly been a game changer. I'll admit that before I got the 5S, that I was not keeping my earlier iPhones locked because I found it too cumbersome to type in a password every single time. Touch ID just makes unlocking and authenticating things much more convenient and efficient.

    Yes the 5S is 64 bit compared to the 5 being 32 bit. Not sure about how that affects reloading of apps/webpages, but I will say that the 5S will most likely have more longevity and support for future iOS updates than the 5 will. But being 64 bit, Touch ID, and probably faster LTE, as well as the 2 tone LED flash are the legs that the 5S has up over the 5.
  10. Ternary macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2015
    But the iPhone 5s can use content blockers, which the iPhone 5 can't. Since content blockers are designed to load less and use less RAM per Webpage, it's arguable that the iPhone 5s is actually more RAM efficient than the iPhone 5.

    Even if that doesn't matter to you, I think content blockers alone are worth upgrading to the iPhone 5s, as you'll save on your data plan and have a much more pleasant browsing experience.
  11. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    Get the 6s, you'll adjust to the bigger size. IMO, the 5s with 1 GB will feel slow by the time iOS 10 comes along. If you are completely against the 6s, then yes, I think the 5s is worth it (64-bit processor, fingerprint reader).

    If you're on AT&T, you won't get wifi calling though. Also, no 802.11ac. It's not about speed, but reach too.
  12. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    Wait just a year longer, you said your 5 is doing fairly well still, and that the iPhone 7 is a possibility if it's form factor is better, which it very well could be. Also there are rumors of a new 4" iPhone being in the works, as someone else mentioned. I would wait because it would either be:

    1. Upgrade to the iPhone 5S anyway for even cheaper.

    2. Upgrade to the iPhone 7 which would be a huge upgrade, although it may be a bit bigger. Possibly smaller than the 6/6S which wouldn't be too bad.

    3. Or upgrade to that rumored 4" iPhone with much better internals which would be a much better upgrade than 5 to 5S.

    It's a win-win-win if you wait.
  13. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    Waiting is a win only if the OP is happy with what they have. We have no idea what the 7 will look like, nor if they will have a smaller form factor phone, and if they do, what it will look/feel/spec like.

    I think OP may have to find a way to overcome that attachment to the iPhone 5 form factor because that form factor may or may not return.

    IMO, an iPhone works great for 2 years, you can pull through a 3rd, but after that it's very painful unless one is willing to live with an older OS...generally not recommended because of security.
  14. x34 macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2014
    yes, see all iphones without have been kind of weak - the S version have always been the true iphones so go for it!
  15. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Every iPhone is weaker than the next version that comes after it.
  16. zoneee thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    thank you all for your replies, they really help.

    The only thing that I am excluding right now is getting a 6/6s, i will skip them entirely because of the form factor.

    In particular what XTheLancerX makes sense, in all of those 3 scenarios waiting is a win.

    I guess I will wait longer and maybe after the rumor about a new smaller phone or iphone 7 new size become more consistent I will decide if I will get it (and hence keep my 5 longer) or go for the 5s!
  17. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    I really hope that with the next generation they have 3 sizes and bring back the 5s size in new design. I think there are a lot of folks that prefer the smaller size still. I was definitely one of them until I finally tried the plus... then I fell in love with the bigger size.
  18. zoneee thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    Thing is, I really dont like the last iphone form factor. I had bigger phones in the past, I just dont like the grip. It seems im always going to drop it. And honestly my 5 is still doing SO well, beside the camera and missing touchID, I just cant seem to justify the expense.
  19. wproct macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2014
    I think you are making the right choice and I applaud you for your patience, I think it will pay off. As you have said, your 5 is working fine and you have been happy with it. By waiting, you are increasing your options and if nothing new comes out that works for you, the 5s option is still there. Personally, I'm so happy with my 5s that it's going to take something pretty special to push it aside.
  20. nox5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2013
    iPhone 5s
    RAM 1GB DDR3 same as 6
    GPU PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
    Better battery than 5

    iPhone 5
    RAM 1GB DDR2 much slower
    GPU PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (triple-core graphics
  21. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Based on geek bench results.


    People on here brag how super fast the 6S is compared to the 6 (I owned all iPhones including 6S).

    Compared 5S to 5. 5S is almost as fast the iPhone 6!
  22. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    I'm in your shoes, zoneee. I would have said i'm surprised my iPhone 5 has lasted 3+ years now, but I realised it hasn't, it had the sleep/wake problem and got replaced a year and a half ago.

    In retrospect I couldn't be happier that it broke , since I couldn't have foreseen whole issue with the 6 series form factor and overall industrial design.

    If my iPhone 5 died unexpectedly I would naturally get an iPhone 5S in the meantime, but for now we wait...
  23. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I moved from the iPhone 5 to 6S, but my iPhone 5 still runs iOS9 just fine. So unless you must have TouchID, I would wait. I don't think buying a new Apple product today with less than the A8 is wise. Apple put the A8 on the iPod Touch and new Apple TV. I believe it will become the "minimum requirement" or baseline for iOS moving forward.
  24. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    A8 is just marginally faster than A7 tho, and with the same amount of ram at that.
  25. zoneee thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2014
    that's cool, but I dont think it applies to normal usage!

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