Apple launches the new iPhone 5S with Touch ID fingerprint sensor

As expected Apple’s latest generation iPhone has finally been announced. We knew the device would be known as the iPhone 5S and that seems to be the case. The new 2013 iPhone (iPhone 5S) will come in three colors including – silver, gold and slate.

Although, apart form the new colors there are no major design changes, Apple calls it the most forward looking iPhone ever and says that it has features not for the sake of having features. “It’s not just a product of what’s technologically possible. But what’s technologically useful. It’s not just what’s next. But what should be next.” Apple knows exactly what to say, but let’s take a closer look at Apple’s latest flagship smartphone – Apple iPhone 5S.

The Apple iPhone 5S is the very first smartphone which supports 64-bit processes, however apps which support this are not yet available on the iTunes App Store. Apple users the latest A7 chipset, which it claims is twice as fast as the one on iPhone 5 and and 40 times faster when compared to the original iPhone. Apple says that it has reconfigured iOS 7 to be able to run 64-bit apps and all pre-loaded apps have been re-engineered. The iPhone 5S will be able to run 32-bit as well as 64-bit apps, however, earlier iPhone devices will not support 64-bit apps.

The new A7 chipset will be accompanied by the new M7 ‘motion co-processor’ which will continuously measure accelerometer, compass and gyroscope details and provide that data to any app which needs it. Nike has introduced a new Nike+ Move app which would utilize this data.

The camera of the iPhone 5S retains the 8 megapixel resolution from the previous generation model, however it now has a 15 percent larger active sensor are, meaning bigger pixels with a size of 1.5 microns. Apple has tweaked iOS 7 to utilize this new sensor. Everything works in automation as the camera is set to take multiple photos and picks up the sharpest one. The company has further introduced true tone flash – dual LEDs with one being cool and white, while the other being warm. The company claims it is capable of automatically tweaking the two to get the best possible tone. It further features auto image stabilization and can shoot 720p videos at 120fps. The front facing iSight camera has a new BSI sensor and can still shoot only in 720p resolution.

One of the key new feature is what Apple calls Touch ID – a fingerprint sensor embedded within the home button. Users can have their fingerprint set as a passcode as well as a Apple ID password for downloading content from iTunes and App Store. The home button now has a metal ring surrounding it which activates the fingerprint sensor when it detects the user’s thumb on it. It is capable of recognizing fingerprints irrespective of the direction of the thumb. The button is covered with a layer of sapphire crystal to ensure it does not get scratched. Apple says that the fingerprint data will not be served on its servers and will not be available to third-party apps.

The 16GB iPhone 5S will be priced at $199, the 32GB will be priced at $299 and the 64GB will be priced at $399 on a two-year contract in the US. Apple has not released the unsubsidized pricing for the new iPhone 5S. It will be available for pre-order starting September 13 and will hit stores on September 20 in a few countries. Apple will also sell leather finish cases which will retail at $39.