iPhone 5S officially announced!

iPhone 5S officially announced!

Apple today officially announced the iPhone 5S, the successor to last year’s popular iPhone 5. Included in the announcement is the iPhone 5C.

Apple claims the iPhone 5S is the world’s first 64-bit smartphone, offering up to 2x CPU and 2x graphics performance over the iPhone 5.

Apple iPhone 5S specs:
4.0-inch IPS LCD display @ 640×1136 pixels, 326ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Apple A7 1.7GHz dual-core processor
PowerVR SGX544MP4 (quad-core)
16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
DC-HSDPA 42Mbps, LTE 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0
8MP iSight camera, LED flash
1080p video recording
1.2MP HD front-facing camera, 720p @ 30fps
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
iOS 7
112 grams (weight)
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (dimensions)

The iPhone 5S has a built-in security feature called the Touch ID which reads your fingerprints in fine detail. It is incorporated into the Home button which is made of laser-cut sapphire crystal, surrounded by a stainless steel detection ring on top of the touch ID sensor.

The cameras has a f/2.2 aperture and 1.5 micron sensor (in comparison, the HTC One has a 2 micron sensor). The bigger the size of the sensor, the better. The iPhone 5S has a dual-LED flash, one white and one amber for better white balance. It has a burst mode of up to 10 frames per second.

The built-in Slo-Mo app can do 720p video recording at 120fps.

Apple claims up to 10 hours on video playback and the same battery life on other WiFi or LTE browsing.


The iPhone 5S is available in silver, space gray and gold. The iPhone 5S release date is set on September 20 for Singapore and China (Hong Kong?).

iPhone 5S release date in the Philippines is December 2013.

As for the iPhone 5S price, here’s the postpaid contract as indicated by Apple:

iPhone 5S 16GB — $199 cash-out on 24-month postpaid plan
iPhone 5S 32GB — $299 cash-out on 24-month postpaid plan
iPhone 5S 64GB — $399 cash-out on 24-month postpaid plan
No prepaid price kit indicated yet.

Editor’s Note: If you’re interested what the prepaid price was with Smart and Globe from last year, here you go:

Updated: Here’s the retail price of the iPhone 5S as listed in the Hong Kong Apple Online Store:

iPhone 5S 16GB – HK$5688 or Php32,000
iPhone 5S 32GB – HK$6388 or Php36,000
iPhone 5S 64GB – HK$7188 or Php40,500

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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61 Responses

  1. Jumborat says:

    What does 64 – bit mean sir yuga?

    • diorarat says:

      Same question pre. Confused ako sa 64bit. What’s the difference sa lumang cpu? Architecture ba yan? And how is it better. May big difference ba yan? I’m curious or is it just a fancy marketing term ni apple?

    • Mang Jerry says:

      Ito sabi sa wired.com “Processor

      The processor differences between the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C are substantial. The iPhone 5S has the brand-new 64-bit A7 processor, while the iPhone 5C is packing the less-awesome A6 processor. The huge difference right now is speed, but in the long run, iOS and apps will be optimized for the 64-bit architecture. The key consideration is how long you plan on holding onto your iPhone. If you’re going to stick with your iPhone for only two years, it might not that big of a deal. If you’re in it for longer than that, you will want to go bigger. Plus, Apple has thrown a second processor into the iPhone 5S called the M7. This little helper takes care of the the gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass. By pulling processing off the power-hungry A7, the lower-power M7 will keep your battery lasting at least a bit longer. It should also make your phone more capable of managing health and fitness apps, or any apps that rely on the motion sensors in the phone.” >> http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/09/this-is-the-iphone-to-buy/

  2. gaeahs says:

    Im confused. . . How is it ” world’s first 64-bit smartphone”? I dont see anything groundbreaking on the specs of the handset:

    Apple A7 dual-core processor
    PowerVR SGX543MP3 (triple-core)
    32GB, 64GB internal storage
    1GB RAM

    Is this better than current Android Flagship phones?

    What do they mean “64-bit smartphone, offering up to 2x CPU and 2x graphics performance”?

    Is this comparing to another iPhone(I5) or other flagship phones?

    I use an android handset and a windows phone but i dont see the specs mentioned above to be more capable and better than what we have now.

    Please help enlighten me fellow readers.

    I bet this phone will be around 40-50k once its released.

    • svdh says:

      I guess it isn’t right to compare specs of other ecosystem to androids specs. iOS and Windows Phone runs smoothly on their dual core processors. What Apple is selling here is experience more than the specs.

    • Jecstrike says:

      I guess you’re missing the point here. Its not about the specs its the experience. The IOS is smooth and more fluid than the quad and octacore powered smartphones on the android market. That is why the android has the “Project Butter” that IOS has perfected for years. Even just using dual core.

    • aze says:

      not sure, baka parang windows may 32bit may 64 bit/

    • gaeahs says:

      hmm guys what im trying to understand is the term “world’s first 64-bit smartphone”. And how does it change a phone because base on what i read Apple’s 64-bit A7 Chip on iPhone 5s Just Marketing Gimmick. Read below . .

      “There are allegedly two main reasons to use the 64-bit architecture, one of which is to surpass the 4GB RAM limit on 32-bit architecture. The other is to clean up all the garbage left in a previous implementation of a 32-bit chip. So in other words, the 64-bit architecture is just there to impress consumers since the iPhone 5s will only have 1GB of RAM, not 4GB which is when the 64-bit architecture would have made sense.

      A 64-bit architecture, in theory, should command a faster performance compared to a 32-bit architecture. In actual use, however, this considers the device’s RAM and with the current iPhone 5s, there is no reason to use a 64-bit architecture. If there is any improvements on the performance of the iPhone 5s, it is going to be by reason of any architectural improvements executed by Apple in handling the 32-bit code”

      The qoute above came from ExtremeTech. And it makes sense so im wondering if this is true because if it is then, its the same as buying the same hardware but naming it a bit differently hence the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

      So in a way it will still be the same experience as the older iPhone right?

    • diorarat says:

      @gaehas finally someone with a decent answer to the 64bit question. Pahingi ng link.

  3. ewe says:

    bugbog sarado na naman itong iphone na to sa batikos ng gullible lagdroid fans. haha!

    pustahan tayo?

    • abuzalzal says:

      Ikaw ang gullible engot

    • Marlito Agbunag says:

      abuzalzal pustahan tau, pag may nag post ng batikos sa apple ditto puputa k titi hin nila. You know why, lahat ng may apple phones sa Pilipinas ay EITHER KABIT OR BAKLA lang. O ayan lumantad kau na may apple dian, two lang kau na klase PUTA which is KABIT or PUTA which is BAKLA. kasi gamit ng puta ang apple heheh. bakit, di ko na kelangan sabihin, SAME lang sila ALL PORMA but TOTALLY CRAP. Sigurado ako puputa k titi hin ako ditto kasi ang mga iya ay puputa at ang gusto ay titihin ako. Gets mo abuzalzal.

    • ewe says:

      ayun oh! haha!

      sapul ba brod?

      ilag ilag din kasi kahit walang time..

      ang tamaan at masapul, magkakabukol!

      ouch! haha!

  4. GadgetFreak says:

    A7 – 64bit CPU. Apple did not say that iOS7 would be 64bit as well.

    I don’t know how mobile OS’s work but if we follow the interoperability logic, 32bit would run on 64bit and/or 32bit but 64bit would not run 32bit. If iOS7 is still 32bit then it would be useless and app developers would not be able to utilize the 64bit hardware. Hence they would still be developing 32bit apps so that it would work.

    Am I missing something here? Or did I get the stuff mixed up? Help me understand what Apple is trying to achieve here.

  5. taeyang says:

    Hope the price goes cheaper as it is far behind the competition…

    • lousy says:

      what competition? Apple’s iPhone doesn’t compete with other company’s iPhones. No. That’s why they don’t need to bump up the specs of their device just to one up the competition. They sell the experience not a spec-sheet-stuffing device with it’s never ending increase of CPU cores that aren’t utilized. Please. Buy into the experience, don’t wish the experience has to level with you.

    • Marlito Agbunag says:

      Apple naming of 5S and 5C is but just correct and truly reflective of the entire USA. This phones are cheaply built to satisfy and cater the emerging markets, and that is the POOR COUNTRY they call as USA. LOL. USA is financially down and all Americans are so poor. They don’t have any cash. All they do is Swipe their Credit Card. That is why Apple got the idea of American poorness and named their phones in honor of the American poorness and it becomes iphone 5 SWIPE and iphone5 CREDIT CARD. Because for sure there is no American out there that would be able to buy iphone other than to iphone 5 SWIPE and iphone 5 CREDIT CARD.LOL LOL

    • diorarat says:

      @lousy. lol I’mSubukan mo tanungin Kay siri ano yung best phone. Parehas kayo ng sagot.

    • Ronald says:

      Competition? Then why did apple increase the screen size from 3.5″ to 4″? Jobs said 3.5 is perfect. Stockholders were not happy and are still not happy. Im dying to know what apple will say when they increase the screen size bigger than 4″. Apple eating their words. Funny

    • Americano says:

      Sir Marlito Agbunag, nakahithit lang? Pahulas ka muna haha

  6. Vin says:

    I don’t care about the specs.. Bibili ako nito dahil sa Gold color..

    • Ronald says:

      Me too bibili.. Kasi that gold color will tell everyone you own the new iPhone. Pero pang text lang and calls for everything else i will use my note 3 plus texts and calls also.

  7. anokamo says:

    People still buy this expensive bling?

  8. zarne says:

    With the touch ID scan, the thieves/snatchers may want to cut your thumb for fingerprints when they steal your Iphone 5S. Think about it!

  9. CopyCat-droid says:

    Siguradong gagayahin namin ng ANDROID yung fingerprint sensor nya…. wait lang kayo. !

    • igno-cat says:

      gagayahin? motorola atrix 4g!
      basa basa pag may time

    • zarne says:

      Phone fingerprint scan- not a new technology. Motorola Atrix 4G (Android) released in 2011 had this feature. The Atrix did not sell well but we’ll see if Apple can sell this feature. The camera ‘shot burst’ in Iphone 5S is similar to the ‘time shift’ camera feature you’ll find in Blackberry 10 phones.

    • yify says:

      the burning sensation is too much!! lol

  10. macoy says:

    You buy a gadget or any device for that matter is because of the specs then the experience. How can you get the best experience if the specs cant support it. At the end of the day it boils down which makes you productive and entertain. And of course what you can afford.

    • wew says:

      almost tama ka na pero may mali. i think experience lang talaga…kasi kung hindi maganda ang experience mo(ex. lags frequently)ibig sabihin nun pwedeng di ganun kataas ang specs…pero pede namang mababa ang specs compared sa iba pero maganda nag experience(ex. zero-lag) KUMBAGA ang specs ay isang factor lang yan kung bakit nagiging maganda o pangit ang experience.

  11. zomg says:

    ZOMG, I love Android phones even more! lol

  12. wacko says:

    Wah biglang naluma n agad iphone 5 ko, bago lang ito last year hindi pa nga bayad

  13. michi says:

    android: processor: quad to octa cores
    RAM: 3Gb
    iphone: processor: dual core
    RAM: 1Gb

    on real world gaming and applications both run smoothly.
    on bench mark android gets the higher score.

    yan binabayaran ng mga android users, to get the highest benchmark while iphone users is yung harmony ng software at hardware

  14. michi says:

    android: at highers specs running same aps/game with iphone, real life difference? none.

    android users are just paying to get higher scores on benchmark but in reality makes no sense.

    • diorarat says:

      True.There’s such a thing as being too much in the world of android over what is actually needed. But it still is better than the apple with too much on the pricetag. I like apple products for everything except the price tag. Iphones are too damn expensive because you shoulder all of their advertising shits and promos. You get more intangible value on the iPhone than the tangible ones(actual hardware). Just give me a cheaper iPhone without an apple logo and I’ll tell you it’s one of the best phones out there.

  15. epol says:

    paano ba yan? mukhang bagsak ang launching ng apple sa kanilang 2 new iphones.


  16. zeek says:

    another iFail 5 product.

    • Ronald says:

      Correct. Apple users cannot accept the truth but the gold one will sell well because that is the only way others can tell you have the new iPhone.

  17. sir jacko says:

    wow! a fingerprint sensor.. outstanding! never had any of us imagined that this itsy bitsy puny sensor will change.. everything.

    apple why didn’t you put this in all your macbooks? your macs? why only now?

    iphone 5s, you are the.. bomb!

    apple, you revolutionizer you innovator you you.. you take my money! :D

  18. migoy says:

    i’ve been an android fan ever since, less restrictions kc and more customizable. but my co-workers, friends, at kahit sino na lang na makita ko e naka.iphone na.. ngayon napapaisip na ko..

    kung mag-iphone man ako, baka dahil sa peer pressure lang..

    anyway,im thinking of a smartphone-tablet combo anyway..

    baka mag-iphone/nexus7 na lang ako..


    • zarne says:

      Tough choice to make. Buy the one that will make you happy. I am happy with my blackberry Q5 phone but if I have to replace it with Apple phone, I will pick the 5S over the 5C model. The price difference between the 5S and 5C is a joke.
      The 5S with the premium built and fingerprint scan is the better deal, IMO

    • diorarat says:

      Depends naman saiyo eh. If gamer or music lover ka, stick ka na sa iPhone 5s. Mas marami kang apps and app optimization plus music sync sa iTunes.

      Kung for productivity stick ka na lang sa android for file management, email attachments, flash drive connectivity and mas ok siya sa media viewing.

  19. shimanong says:

    iphone para sa may pambili, android para gustong sulitin ang bawat patak ng pera nila. imho sa pag bili ng iphone hindi lang specs ang binabayaran gaya ng android devices, kasama dito ang design, ang quality, reliability etc.

  20. Djdjsjsjs says:

    Hahaha ang daming squatters dito na can’t afford ang nagrereklamo sa presyo ng iPhone! This is not meant for you, cheap bastards! You can hate all you want but the fact is you can’t afford this luxury phone.

  21. wew says:

    sir yuga capacitive na ba ung home button oh physical pa rin?

  22. diorarat says:

    Pinakaexciting feature ng iphone 5s inaabang ko is camera niya. Gamit ko ngaun is htc one, and I have to say the best camera setup ng HTC one ngayon. Sobrang flexible ng camera niya sa shots na hindi kaya sa iPhone 5 ko sa extreme bright and dark scenarios. Perfect point and shoot camera phone without excessive bulk dahil sa bigger sensors kahit na hindi kasing sharp pagnazoom in. Pagkabasa ko sa iPhone 5s, camera niya ginaya niya setup ng HTC one UltraPixel cam with bigger sensors (1.5microns) although not as big ng HTC one at 2 microns. So parang lalabas sa iPhone 5s is a semi-UltraPixel camera na 8 megapixel. In theory shots ng iPhone 5s dapat comparable sa UltraPixel cam ng HTC one na sharper. Can’t wait to try it out paglumabas na sa pinas.

  23. Very excited to get one… A must have phone.

  24. marvin says:

    kailan kaya ito maging available dito sa atin.

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