Along with its budget model the iPhone 5C, Apple has also announced a new high-end iPhone: the iPhone 5S. Available in silver, gold, and gray, the iPhone 5S is made from high-grade aluminum.
The iPhone 5S features the new A7 processor, the first-ever 64-bit processor used in an iPhone, able to take advantage of the 64-bit kernel in iOS 7. Both CPU tasks and graphics are up to twice as fast as the A6 and up to 40 times the speed of the original iPhone. It also features a new M7 motion coprocessor to support motion-based apps such as health and driving apps.
Battery life is claimed to be equal to or greater than the iPhone 5's, with 10 hours of 3G talk time.
The iPhone 5S includes a new camera system. The camera features a new f2.2 aperture lens with a 15% larger active sensor area and larger, 1.5 micron pixels. Enhanced software automatically determines white balances, local tone map, and focus settings while adjusting the flash color to avoid clashing with the ambient color of the room. A new burst mode takes up to ten pictures per second and can either choose the best one for you or let you access them all manually. The camera can also shoot 60 fps 720p HD video and supports slow motion. Additionally, the panorama feature now adjusts exposure as you capture it.
As expected, the 5S includes a fingerprint identification system. Simply press your finger (at any orientation) on the Home button sensor (called "Touch ID") to unlock your iPhone 5S securely, no cumbersome passcode required. You can also use Touch ID to authorize iTunes Store purchases.
The iPhone 5S is expected to cost $199, $299, and $399 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models respectively (prices are with two-year contract). (Apparently rumors of a 128 GB model were greatly exaggered.) The iPhone 5S is expected to ship on September 20th.