The big news in wireless today was Apple unveiling its new flagship iPhone 5S, as well as its line of more affordable and colorful iPhone 5C phones (pictured above).
What's new about the 5S and how does it stack up against the leading smartphones on the market?
- Looking at the overall phone, Mashable did a good product comparison (vs. Galaxy S4, HTC One and Lumia 1020).
- From a feature standpoint, one of the highlights is that the 5S has fingerprint sign-in (called "Touch ID") to replace your lock screen code. I still have an iPhone 4 and I can tell you I love that feature already.
- Another 5S highlight is its outrageously fast processor (a 64-bit A7 chip). Gigaom said it's actually "too much for a smartphone" and better suited for a MacBook, which tells you something about its overall computing power.
- Apple is also touting its new iSight camera. ReadWriteWeb said its sensor is 15% bigger and it has a f/2.2 aperture: "Your Instagrams have never looked so good." The camera also has auto image stabilization, faster autofocus and a new "slo-mo" feature for videos.
The new iPhone 5S is faster and has a way better camera than the iPhone 5, but it's the same size and doesn't introduce that many new features.
CNET reports that what was perhaps most noteworthy in today's announcements was what was missing. A major omission was a big screen iPhone: "Both new iPhones have the same 4-inch screen as 2012's iPhone 5. That's downright tiny compared the 4.7-inch, 5-inch, and even larger screens that are now commonplace on competing Android and Windows Phones."
It should be noted, as well, that Apple appears to be undercutting its accessory makers (and accessory sellers) by introducing a new case for the 5S (which will presumably fit over a 5), for the phone. "Made from premium leather, it looks elegant and feels luxurious," Apple says on its website.