Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 5S, touting the device as the first smartphone in the world to present a 64-bit desktop-class chip.
It's the "most forward-thinking phone we've ever created," Phil Schiller announced, although the design looks largely indistinguishable from the iPhone 5.
However, the iPhone 5S is a huge leap forward in mobile computing performance.
"The team has carefully considered every detail. It IS the gold standard," Schiller asserted, confirming that the device contains the the A7 chip, which is a remarkable 64-bit chip. The new processor includes over 1 billion transistors.
Impressively, the CPU performance available with the iPhone 5S is 40 times faster than the original iPhone.
While there's still no NFC, there is
an M7 motion co-processor that measures motion data, which makes possible an entirely new slate of health and fitness apps (we will see a ton of these in short order, I'm sure).
The refreshed camera has a 5-element Apple designed lens with f/2.2 aperture. According to Schiller, iOS 7 is designed to capitalize on the new camera, as it automatically sets white balance, exposure level, etc.
The integrated camera app even serves up "Burst Mode," which can capture up to 10 frames per second. The A7 chip analyzes the burst shots and determines which is best. The upgraded camera also delivers slow-motion video capture capabilities at 120 frames per second (in 720p high-def.).
Stay with MMi as more details emerge from the iPhone 5S presentation.
Sources: Apple, CNET