Apple reveals flagship iPhone 5s with Touch ID, the world’s first and only 64-bit smartphone

Apple today announced iPhone 5s which features an all-new A7 chip, making iPhone 5s the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance in the palm of your hand. iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including an all-new 8 megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered for 64-bit technology and featuring hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and iTunes Radio.

“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, in a statement. “iPhone 5s 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.”

The all-new A7 chip in iPhone 5s brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to a smartphone for the first time. With up to twice the CPU and graphics performance, almost everything you do on iPhone 5s is faster and better than ever, from launching apps and editing photos to playing graphic-intensive games—all while delivering great battery life. Apple also engineered iOS 7 and all the built-in apps to maximize the performance of the A7 chip. iPhone 5s is the best mobile gaming device with access to hundreds of thousands of games from the App Store, the A7 chip’s 64-bit architecture and support for OpenGL ES version 3.0. iPhone 5s delivers incredibly rich and complex visual effects, previously only possible on Macs, PCs and gaming consoles.

Every iPhone 5s includes the new M7 motion coprocessor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency. Developers can also access new CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M7, so they can create even better fitness and activity apps that go well beyond what other mobile devices offer. The M7 motion coprocessor continuously measures your motion data, even when the device is asleep, and saves battery life for pedometer or other fitness apps that use the accelerometer all day.

iPhone 5s introduces Touch ID, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your iPhone with just the touch of a finger. Built into the home button, Touch ID uses a laser cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyze it to provide accurate readings from any angle. Setting up Touch ID to recognize your fingerprint is easy, and every time you use it, it gets better. The Touch ID sensor recognizes the touch of a finger so the sensor is only activated when needed, preserving battery life. All fingerprint information is encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Enclave inside the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s; it’s never stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud. Touch ID can also be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store.

Apple's all-new iPhone 5s
Apple’s all-new iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s makes it even easier to take great photos with the world’s most popular camera. The all-new 8 megapixel iSight camera features a larger f/2.2 aperture and a new, larger sensor with 1.5μ pixels for better sensitivity and low-light performance, resulting in better pictures. These improvements, along with the Apple-designed image signal processor in the A7 chip and the new Camera app in iOS 7, provide up to two-times faster auto-focus, faster photo capture, automatic image and video stabilization, and better dynamic range. iPhone 5s introduces the new True Tone flash—the world’s first for any camera—that variably adjusts color and intensity for over 1,000 combinations, so photos taken with a flash appear more natural. iPhone 5s also includes a new Burst Mode, Slo-Mo video with 120 fps, a new FaceTime® HD camera for better low-light performance and audio-only FaceTime calls with iOS 7.

iPhone 5s features a remarkable thin and light, precision-crafted design that customers around the world love, including an anodized aluminum body with diamond cut chamfered edges, a stunning 4-inch Retina® display and glass inlays. iPhone 5s is available in three gorgeous metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray. To complement iPhone 5s, Apple designed premium leather cases in six rich colors—beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and (RED)—with soft, color-matched microfiber lining.

iPhone 5s makes it even easier to connect to high-speed networks with support for up to 13 LTE¹ wireless bands, more than any other smartphone in the world. With download speeds up to 100 Mbps², you can browse, download and stream content even faster. iPhone 5s includes dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support for up to 150 Mbps² and Bluetooth 4.0. iPhone 5s delivers an amazing 10 hours of talk time on 3G networks, up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi and LTE networks and up to 8 hours on 3G networks, and up to 10 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback.³

iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, engineered to support the A7 chip’s 64-bit architecture, the new iSight camera and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. iOS 7 features a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant color palette, distinct, functional layers and subtle motion that make it feel more alive. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes®.⁴

iPhone 5s customers have access to the revolutionary App Store, which offers more than 900,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world. More than 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store to date, offering customers an incredible range of apps in 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines in Newsstand, games and entertainment, business, news, sports, health and fitness and travel.

Designed specifically for iOS, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are among the most popular apps in the App Store and are now available as free downloads with the purchase of iPhone 5s. iPhoto and iMovie enable you to do more than you ever thought possible with your photos and movies, and with Pages, Numbers and Keynote you can create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model.⁵ iPhone 5s will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 5s cases will be available in beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $39 (US) through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Authorized Apple Resellers. iPhone 5s will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20. A new iPhone 4S 8GB model will also be available for free.⁵ iOS 7 will be available as a free software update starting on Wednesday, September 18 for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation). Some features may not be available on all products.

¹ LTE is available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
² Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
³ Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
⁴ iTunes Radio will be available with the launch of iOS 7 in the US.
⁵ For qualified customers.

Source: Apple Inc.


        1. Not true. Samsung is a very big company. Now that their R&D team (Apple) has shown them what to produce they will have a product out by Christmas – the Galaxy S5 ID Extreme now with the largest screen and battery every put into a smartphone.

    1. A limiting factor will be how quickly a competing 64-bit CPU will be developed and second, how quickly Google responds with a 64-bit version of Android (a version of which I believe will be called “Sugar-induced tooth decay”).

      If 64-bit on the iPhone will be of interest to game developers, that same A7 CPU on the next iPad will entice developers of business, finance and scientific apps. That is a shot at Microsoft, and leads me to wonder what iWork for iOS will soon become.

      Increasingly, my iPad is important as a business tool, especially now that I am trying out Parallels Access. In its own right, the portability and power of my iPad and iOS make it more suitable every day for a work computing device. The A7 will make future iPads even more so.

      It will be fun to play with the new iPhone 5S. I am quite impressed at what it can do. And it makes me anticipate what it will do soon, with enhanced apps that will be forthcoming.

      1. How delayed? They stated at WWDC that the Mac Pro would be available this Fall. We are in the first couple of weeks of Fall. It should be obvious that the Mac Pro won’t be available until Mavericks is released.

        1. Yes I know, I know. But if Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer, it is also the unofficial beginning of Fall. That was my point of reference without getting all “Farmers Almanac” on everyone.

      2. Right, I think the A7 (well, before I though of the A6) chip was the perfect companion for a desktop chip to speed up Video and Audio rendering.
        the chip in the iPad already outperform video rendering in the 2012 iMac.
        They definitively should put a AX chip as a Co-Processor in the MacPro and also the “Touch-ID” reader in all apple products.

    1. I wouldn’t hold my breath for that. We might see Mac laptops based on this new 64-bit A series, since battery life is a paramount concern for portables, but I don’t see Apple giving up on Intel for the iMac and Mac Pro anytime soon.


    2. 64 bit- who f’ing cares? I do NOT need 64 bit on my phone!! I need a bigger screen with longer battery life and MUCH lower price. What planet are they on? Samsung is going to wipe the floor with them (market share-wise). Sad. It didn’t have to be this way…

        1. MacMan, please ignore the juvenile screamers here on the forum.
          You are not alone in seeking greater hardware options from Apple. Now finally Apple seems to be offering more diverse handsets, albeit not exactly what you hoped to see. But Apple has offered part of what you were seeking: the iPhone 5C has a tiny bit better battery life than the prior models. It makes sense to try it out before resigning yourself to a life of misery on an Android device.

          Next year, it’s highly likely that Apple will follow up with bigger screens. Older people who carry their phones in purses seem to really like fat phones, so Apple really has no choice but to get on the bandwagon at some point.

        2. Nearly everyone wants more options from Apple, but most of us do not repeatedly whine and cry doom and gloom. Nearly all of the mobile device goodness that you all enjoy are the direct result of Apple innovation with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. And now, a few years later, there are millions of armchair quarterbacks dissing Apple and threatening to buy products from the shameless friggin’ copier Samsung. It sickens me. Just go buy your damn Android phones and get the hell off of this forum!

      1. Amen, Macman, I do not want or need more cpu. I do want and need more battery life. And size matters – give me a smaller or larger phone but do not assume that the iphone 5/5c/5s form factor has it nailed – feels like crap in my hand. Too bad samsung tablets no longer have voice. Carriers must love having two plans for every customer!

    1. ivid, vote with your money. My iphone 4s wifi died, so the battery got sucked down by that bug and would not last a day. Now, if I give apple more business after that fiasco caused by their useless/superficial updates, well I’d be telling them to keep up that kind of work. No can do. I now have a WP 41mp nokia with xenon flash. Pretty damn sure all the software in the world can’t make a 5s camera go toe to toe with that, no matter how many tones the leds can put out. Also, the email and speech on wp is actually way better/more professional than the iphone. If you are an appaholic, however, ios has the market.

    1. I’ve complained that 32 GB should’ve been the baseline for the premium model. I knew that wouldn’t happen the moment they said the 32 GB iPhone 5C would be $199.

      16 GB was the baseline *4 years ago*. With some apps over 1 GB and increased photo/video capture features, a 16 GB start is inadequate.

    2. I just wrote to Tim Cook about how upset I am at no 128GB option. I encourage others to do the same. I am constantly having to clear space DAILY – deleting apps, music, photos, videos etc. — on my 64GB 4S. I don’t see any reason to upgrade to a new model that will be as annoying to use in terms of daily storage management.

        1. Uh, no it isn’t. I went from a 160Gb iPhone to a 64GB phone. I also have 6 years of iPhone photos on the phone (and go back to look at old ones all the time) not to mention a need to have Sesame Street episodes and apps for my 4 year old, space to shoot family videos on trips. Almost any time I want to do something I have to trade-off and delete a hell of a lot of things. Another 64GB would solve my problems — for a couple years. And then I will expect a 256GB phone. What’s bullshit is going 4 years without a storage upgrade!!!!!!

  1. Disappointing. I guess Tim will be fired by the board still this year. One year of no product release, and then these little updates, ridiculous. Too little, too late. It is a sad, sad day for me as a guy who loves Apple products. Apple needs a new CEO.

      1. Seriously, this was definitely an iPhone event. You’ll get your Mac and iPad events soon enough. Cook said there would be several product refreshes in the Fall. The fall has just begun.

      2. At least a better resolution camera (yes, resolution matters!) and a 128 GB model. The iPhone 5 has a camera way behind the competition, just compare to Lumia 1020. It’s a huge difference. I wish, Apple would have something like this since I never want a windows phone. If the 5s camera is a little better than the 5, it does not really matter.

        And at best some “one more thing” – new versions of Pages and Numbers, or a sign of an iPhone with a bigger display. Something what is not only a bureaucratic execution of an existing product line moving on in small steps. I so very much hate to say that Apple has lost it’s way.

        1. No, you tool, resolution doesn’t matter – at least not north of 8 megapixels. It is physically impossible to hold the phone/camera steady enough to keep from blurring the tiny pixels in a camera like the one in the 1020. In the meantime, those absurdly small pixel wells are incredibly inefficient and a great source of read noise. But you are clearly ignorant of these and a great many other technical factors that affect picture quality. Fortunately, Apple is not.

        2. “At least a better resolution camera (yes, resolution matters!) ”
          Not necessarily, the larger sensor really make a bigger difference.
          More light captured is better, and more light is really needed because you do not sound too bright… 😎

        3. If you knew anything at all about digital cameras, then you’d know that pixel-count isn’t important, in fact when it comes to the tiny chips used in phones, where the focal-length is microscopic, the more pixels you cram in, the greater the digital noise. Nikon know this; there’s a 22Mp version of the D3, intended for studio use, because the 18Mp full-frame chip, having larger pixels, has much better low-light capability, going down to ISO 128,000.
          But you haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about, have you?
          FYI, the iPhone 5 has a Sony camera in it, which Sony considered to be the best they could make…

        4. Quit the BS…the Lumia camera makes it a fat lump. It is largely a desperate design gimmick intended to attract attention.when your image sensor already has 8MP, improving image quality is far more important than adding pixels. Besides, adding pixels degrades low light performance and adds noise unless you also increase the size of the sensor and optics. The 5S is impressive, as is iOS 7. Your exaggerated doom and gloom is ridiculously overstated.

  2. These are the great products Cook talked about coming down the pipeline this fall? Let’s see, a new colourful iPhone with roughly the same internals as the iPhone 5. A champagne coloured iPhone with a finger print sensor (for those of us who work in the clandestine services or are too lazy to enter a password) and a 64-bit processor (looking forward to Angy Bird HD²) .

        1. A larger screen was not expected even by the hyper rumor mills. I’m not camera expert, but it looks like the new model will do better indoors and in low light, so it seems fine to me.

          A larger screen will arrive in iphone 6. This is a “S” upgrade.

    1. Fall Technically starts on September 22 for the United States & Canada, so really…these new product offerings are pre-fall. There is still plenty of time for some great products to be released between 9/22-12/21.

  3. Well, with Apple’s apps for free, there goes Microsoft’s plan to ‘sell’ MS Office for their surface and cell phone products.

    The world has truly & forever more entered a new regime, where mobile everything is here now.

  4. I Jumped in for another 100 at $491.30. No way the stock can stay down. Wait until tomorrow when they announce China Mobile on board. And I cannot wait for the 5S, the wife gets the 5 and her 4S is worth about $200. My golf swing at 120fps alone is worth an iPhone 5S.

    1. When Phil called this “Forward thinking” he wasn’t kidding.

      It is true that typically there is no need to go 64bit until you have over 4G of RAM. But there are use cases where it improves performance, and in this case the chief cases are memory bandwidth and graphics performance.

      The incredible graphics performance (the IB3 demo indicated a 4x increase in detail) in the demos today were due in part to the 64bit increase in bandwidth.

  5. iWatch, iWait, iComplain, iBuyOneAnyway and end up loving it.

    Stop comparing every keynote to January 2007 and you’ll be a happier person. These look like really great products, whichever way you go. The iPhone is not where the next revolution will happen . . . if you were expecting wearable computing or a 65-inch 4K Apple television I’m sorry to inform you that it’s not happening (yet) but as a parting gift you can own the world’s best ever smartphone for a few hundred bucks later this month.

    1. Can’t rep you hard enough.

      Every year, it’s the same thing on the forums.

      2011 – iPhone 4S “What?! Where’s the iPhone 5?! I wanted this feature and that feature! How disappointing! This phone is a disaster!” iPhone 4S goes on to be the best-selling iPhone to date.

      2012 – iPhone 5 “What?! It’s just got a longer screen?! I wanted this feature and that feature! How disappointing! This phone is a disaster!” iPhone 5 goes on to be the best-selling iPhone to date.

      2013 – iPhone 5S “What?! This isn’t innovation! It’s just bigger specs and more colors! I wanted this feature and that feature! How disappointing! This phone is a disaster!” I think you see where this is going.


      1. Exactly the pattern. So exact that Samsung &etc have suspended their paid trolling program, seeing that histrionic, disillusioned Apple fans themselves function as the most sophisticated anti-Apple trolls.

  6. Oh hell ya I’ll buy one. I’ve owned every single iPhone ever made and love them. But apparently, the major innovations have stagnated. Not talking about Apple – the whole smartphone genre. SameSung came out with useless, childless features just to have something to show and I applaud Apple for showing restraint.

    Here are the ‘upgrades’ that I can see for the 5S:

    64 Bit. Seemed plenty fast already.
    Touch ID. Looks useful, I never pass protected tho.
    New Color. Was tired of black and hate white, so ya.
    Trutone Flash. I’m sure it’ll take better pics but not that I’ll ever notice and say wow! Way better than the iPhone 5.
    Burst Mode. Way cool. But will probably use it 3 times per year just like panorama.
    Slomo Video. See above

    Oh, I’ll be buying iPhone 12 I guarantee. (We have 5 iPhones in the house) Just my observations.

    1. No NFC, really, who is using it now? I haven’t seen one person use it in the real world. Only when Apple includes it in their phones and they have perfected the security will people actually use it. Until then, maybe people should take their eyes off of their samdung screens so the BS video stops playing.

  7. Moving up from my 4S, the 5S is a very nice upgrade. It was disappointing that Fingerprint reader had only unlock and iTunes purchasing features, although the iTunes purchasing is definitely setting the stage for further iWallet capabilities. Maybe this is there way to prove the system to other big players. I mean, seriously, I could see this incorporated for SO many security related things, buying, electronic locks on home and autos (no more key chains). Something is brewing, but I thought we’d hear more about a suite of capabilities tied to it.

    1. Just like you I will be moving up from my 4S. I want a larger iPhone but apparently will have to wait until next year. The 5S will be a nice upgrade. You can be certain that Apple is trying to use the fingerprint sensor for retail purchasing outside of iTunes. That will be a great revenue stream if they can accomplish it. And I think they can.

  8. Another FIRST in the phone market. Not first smartphone, but best smartphone…First iphone. Today Apple officially kicked off a NEW standard in the industry. DESKTOP performance in a handheld device. Steve Jobs would have worked that angle relentlessly. He would have discussed patents and other stuff to show how this is WAY ahead of the competition. These guys have great heart, but they don’t have the MAGIC that was SJ. This is way better than a new form factor guys. If it doesn’t suck then why just change for change sake. Now they can introduce multiple products with this new security feature NO OTHER pad or PHONE has plus bring DESKTOP capability to the whole line of ios devices. Next will be ipad 5 with finger print security, ipad mini 2 retina with finger print security. Others will created copies with small tweaks to beat any infringement cases…the cycle starts again. Apple is innovating the others are just making multiple sizes of whatever they can run Android Fruit of the year on. The 5C just became the second string and it specs out as good or better than the current 5. I think the heat is on. Next year we will see extended battery life finally take center stage along with possibly a new larger screen iphone lineup…iphone 6 (c)hessey and 6 (s)reen is 6″

  9. Apple can keep their fingerprint sensor. I’m sure their “encryption” will keep the NSA out. Sorry, the sensor could have been anywhere else on the phone, other than the home button. This makes this phone useless to any security minded individual who is sick and tired of this invasion of privacy. I am sorry Apple, but I am going to pass on this, until you come to your senses, and remove this crap from your future phones.

        1. I’m sure the NSA is vitally interested in the snapshots you took at school and that book report you’ve been working on.

          If the Feds want you, they have access to every record of you and about you since you were born. They don’t need your damned phone. Get over yourself.

        2. If the feds want my fingerprints, they can walk their ass over, and manually retrieve them from me in person, or they can certainly try. I sure as hell am not going to give them to them, under the guise of some kind of security system for my phone. The burden of proof to prove this system is/was secure is on Apple, and so far, they have done little to prove to me that this “secure” data will remain secure. I have a much better idea, instead of trusting Apple or ANY company with the ability to use hardware to retrieve such data, I will buy a phone from a vendor that doesn’t have, nor hopefully ever will have such an invasion of privacy “feature” built into it. Even though the 5c doesn’t have the feature now, the 5s is indicative of where Apple wants to take things. I wouldn’t be surprised if future macs have this “feature” as well, and if so, bye bye Apple. I am not going to play this game with them, or any company pretending to be doing me a favor. Passwords work perfectly fine for me.

        3. The ring activates the sensor EVERYTIME you use the home button, you know, the button you pretty much need to do anything with the phone. To believe that it couldn’t scan without notifying you, or couldn’t be hacked is complete naivete. Sorry, but I am going to make sure I have a phone that couldn’t even scan my fingerprint, no matter how much it wanted to.

        4. Joe, you can read, can’t you? I mean the bit where it quite clearly, and unequivocally stated that the scanning data about each fingerprint is encrypted INSIDE the phone, and nowhere else; not the Internet, the cloud, Apple, your home computer…
          How can it be ‘leaked’, when there’s nowhere for it to be leaked from?
          Next you’ll say, but what if ‘they’ steal your phone?
          Well, they’ll have to kidnap you, because that’s the only way ‘they’ will gain access to it.
          BTW, that tinfoil hat you wear is very fetching, I particularly like the little propellor you’ve attached to the top. Nice touch!

        5. Yes, we’ve heard this same old song and dance for quite awhile now. Are you a moron, have you not been following the news lately? The NSA has access to ANYTHING in your phone. They can have my photos, my voicemails, my contacts, but they sure as hell are not going to get my fingerprints willingly, and under the guise of some kind of security for my phone. Absolutely NOT. Apple can take touch id and shove it.

  10. Very underwhelming.

    I did like the 64-bit part, and I’m interested to see what comes from the M7 processor. Fingerprint scanner could be cool I guess.

    But otherwise, it’s pretty much a yawn event.

    I don’t understand why they don’t increase the screen size to at least 4.5″ or 4.7″. I think they’re just being stubborn there.

  11. I like the moves Apple announced today: second iPhone product line; upgraded processors; productivity apps bundled with the free iOS; enhanced camera/photo capabilities.

    Apple’s announcements, for the most part, were tactical. There was nothing compelling to make me upgrade from my 5 to 5s. Rather, they set the stage for my upgrade next year.

    Downloading iOS 7 will be a pleasure. Taken as a whole, today’s presentation was a serious shot across the fragmented Android bow. Stock watchers should applaud DoCoMo signing on as well as the potential for China Mobile to carry the device (we’ll know more tomorrow).

    Cook and Apple did well today.

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