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

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

61 Responses

  1. Avatar for marvin marvin says:

    kailan kaya ito maging available dito sa atin.

  2. Avatar for android fanboy android fanboy says:


  3. Avatar for Ron Oliver Clarin Ron Oliver Clarin says:

    Very excited to get one… A must have phone.

  4. Avatar for diorarat 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.

  5. Avatar for wew wew says:

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

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