“This is our best iPhone launch yet –more than nine million new iPhones sold — a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Technology.
Apple released their newest addition to the iPhone family, the iPhone 5s, on Friday, September 20.
“It’s thinner, lighter, and faster,” said Josie Cortez, a new owner of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s has a smaller, more lightweight design, so it is more portable. Indeed, even though there are additional functions on this phone, it comes in at the same weight as its predecessor, the iPhone 5 (112 g).
“Faster is better and this phone is fast!” said Cortez, who frequently surfs the Web and does not have to wait long for the pages to download anymore. This is due to the new A7 chip which is about two times faster than the A6 chip, according to apple.com.
According to Apple, another improved feature of the iPhone 5s is the camera. Cnet.com says that this is probably the biggest selling point of the iPhone 5s. They claim that cameras on phones are no longer an afterthought, but an important factor in which phone you choose. The camera has the same amount of pixels as the iPhone 5, but the pixel size is larger. Some features on the camera are burst mode, true tone flash, image stabilization, slow motion video, and video zoom.
The most talked about feature of the iPhone 5s, however, is the new fingerprint scanner. An enhanced security measure, it allows you to use your fingerprint and the fingerprints of those you trust, to lock and unlock your phone—insuring that only trusted individuals have access to your most sensitive information. The scanner may also be used to verify purchases in iTunes, the App
Store, and the iBook store, according to apple.com.
Although some have expressed concern over who has access to this new fingerprint data, according to Apple it is never available to other servers, to other Apple software, and cannot be projected through iCloud—and is also encrypted in the A7 chip so that the only the touch ID sensor knows you fingerprint.
“Anything can change, because the smartphone revolution is still in the early stages,” Cook says.