Apple Devices iPhone 5S News, , , , — September 11, 2013 16:48 — 0 Comments

iPhone 5S: what’s in it for smart movie makers?

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The iPhone 5S at its launch in California on Tuesday

Apple’s new flagship smartphone has some fresh features but the camera stays the same at 8MPs 

So, the new iPhone 5S from Apple was it worth all the fuss?

On first impressions it certainly looks like a big deal and initial reviews have been favourable. The camera, which we will get onto in a second, has improved and the processor is twice as fast as its predecessor – it even has a fingerprint sensor for “Touch ID’’ on the home screen.

First of all let’s take a look at the camera – the most important element of the device for smart movie makers.


While we are disappointed that it is still only 8 mega-pixels (the new Samsung Galaxy 4S has a 13MP camera) Apple has improved the  size of the image sensor, which in theory will mean higher low-light performance when shooting in poor lighting conditions.

The screen remains the same size at 4-inches, which we can live with and the Apple-designed lens includes true-tone flash, while video is 1080p, there’s also a slo-mo feature capturing HD video at 720p at 120 frames per second, plus a ‘burst mode’, which will allow the user to shoot 10 frames per second while holding down the button.

How about speed?

Well get this,  Apple has installed its latest processor the A7 that combines a new 64-bit architecture (the first in a smartphone) which will improve processing capabilities like shooting, saving and rendering video while making it twice as fast older models.

Coupled to the new A7 processor is a new co-processor called the M7. Its job is to collect data from the various sensors the iPhone 5S has, including the GPS, processing the information without waking the main A7 chip. In doing so, it should allow various apps and services to continually pull data from the phone’s hardware while still delivering an iPhone 5-level of battery life or a good day’s worth of use.

Battery life

Yep, you should get more juice for your buck, as Apple has stated that its new flagship smartphone will be capable of 10 hours talk time, 10 hours LTE browsing, and 250 hours standby. That’s an improvement over the iPhone 5′s times of eight hours of talk, eight hours of LTE browsing, and 225 hours of standby. Real-life battery usage will, of course, vary.


The new iPhone 5S’s security has also been beefed up with the introduction of a fingerprint reader called “Touch ID”. The sensor sits under the traditional home button, allowing users to ditch passwords and unlock their iPhones just by swiping their finger across the home button. It’s a major leap forward in both phone security and usability because users will no longer have to remember PINs or passwords, as the Touch ID will also allow the user to purchase music, apps and videos through the phone.


Last but not least: Price. The iPhone 5S starts at £549 for a model with 16GB of storage, with prices going up from there, through £629 for 32GB, and hitting a hefty £709 for 64GB of storage. Compared with last year’s iPhone 5, the starting price is £20 higher, and makes it more expensive than competition from the likes of HTC, Samsung and Sony.

“The iPhone 5S certainly looks good on paper. With its revolutionary inclusion of a fingerprint sensor in a mass-market phone, which could potentially remove the need for passwords and truly enhance the user experience, Apple could be on to a winner,” says the Guardian’s Samuel Gibbs.

Source doc: the Guardian

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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