Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c
at a press event today. The iPhone 5s is Apple's premium smartphone. The company also introduced the 5c, its first lower-priced model. The 5c has a plastic body, while the premium 5s has an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges.
The iPhone 5s is powered by a new A7 chip. Apple bills it as the world's first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture. The 5s is powered by iOS 7, the latest version of the iPhone operating system, which Apple says is the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone. The new iPhone also has a new M7 motion coprocessor.
A new feature with the iPhone 5s is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The sensor enables you to securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. The Touch ID can also be used for authenticating iTunes purchases. If you are using your fingerprint to authenticate a device you want to make sure smudges won't cause problems and the the sensor wont get damaged. Apple says it used laser cut sapphire crystal and a capacitive touch sensor to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint. Apple says this provides accurate readings from any angle. Apple also addressed privacy concerns regarding the digital fingerprint data. Apple says in a release, "All fingerprint information is encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s; itís never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud."
Here is a video with Apple's Johnny Ive explaining the Touch ID sensor:
Ohter new iPhone 5s features include a new 8 megapixel iSight camera with a larger sensor and improved low-light performance. It also provides True Tone flash, which Apple says adjusts color and intensity to make photos taken with flash appear more natural.
The iPhone 5s will cost $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. It is available in three colors: old, silver or space gray. The new iPhone will be available on Friday, September 20.