Apple gives iPhone range a touch-up with 5S

Fingerprint unlocking and an all-new interface in 64-bit powerhouse

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Apple gives iPhone range a touch-up with 5S Apple launched its iPhone 5S at a special event in Cupertino.
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By Staff Writer Published  September 11, 2013

Apple Inc’s “special” press event in Cupertino yesterday yielded no great surprises. The company, as expected, wheeled out both the iPhone 5S and budget iPhone 5C.

GALLERY: The iPhone 5S

GALLERY: The iPhone 5C

The 5S is powered by a new A7 chip, which according to Cupertino, makes the 5S “the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture”.

“The 5S redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design,” Apple said in a statement.

One new addition is the main camera, which is a reworked 8-megapixel iSight component with True Tone flash. Also as rumoured, Apple has introduced Touch ID, a fingerprint unlock system operated by a single touch.

The 5S comes with iOS 7, which Apple described as “the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone”. The new platform employs 64-bit technology and comes with “hundreds” of new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and iTunes Radio.

“[The] iPhone 5S is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, delivering desktop class architecture in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

GALLERY: The iPhone 5S

GALLERY: The iPhone 5C

“[It] sets a new standard for smartphones; packed into its beautiful and refined design are breakthrough features that really matter to people, like Touch ID, a simple and secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger."

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