Apple on Tuesday announced the iPhone 5S at its September 10th media event in San Francisco, available in space grey, silver and an all-new gold color. The handset retains the overall form factor of an iPhone 5, with the addition of dual-LED flash, a new iSight camera with a five-element lens, and an all-new fingerprint scanner built right into the home button. Apple calls this Touch ID.
The iPhone 5S also becomes the first 64-bit smartphone thanks to an all-new Apple A7 processor. iOS 7 and all native applications have already been optimized for 64-bit architecture, and overall CPU performance is up to 40 times faster than the iPhone 5. Likewise, graphics are up to 56 times faster in part to new OpenGL|ES 3.0 technologies.
Apple will be retailing the iPhone 5S at $199, $299 and $399 for 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models respectively, alongside the mid-range iPhone 5C. The iPhone 4S maintains a position in Apple’s smartphone lineup, now available for free on a new two-year service agreement. The iPhone 5S will be available on September 20th in the United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and United Kingdom.