iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C official: specs, features, launch dates and prices

September 10, 2013

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    Apple on Tuesday unveiled its 2013 iPhone models – the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C – that will soon become the main rivals for Android devices.

    For the first time ever, Apple decided to launch two new iPhone versions, a high-end device (iPhone 5S) and a lower-priced handset (iPhone 5C), and in what follows we’re going to check out each new device.

    The company did say that by the end of September it will have activated over 700 million iOS devices, although not all of them are iPhones, and it looks like it has big plans for the upcoming devices as well.

    iPhone 5C

    As expected, the iPhone 5C introduced by Apple looks identical to the devices shown in various leaks and rumors preceding the event.

    We’re looking at a plastic design – a single piece of material is used for the back and sides – which comes in five distinct colors, including yellow, pink, blue, white and green.

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    According to the company, the case is made of hard-coated polycarbonate and hides a steel-reinforced frame that acts as the antenna of the device.

    Specs and features

    When it comes to actual specs, the iPhone 5C will remind users of the iPhone 5:

    • 4-inch Retina display with integrated touch, full sRGB standard and widescreen video
    • Apple A6 chip
    • 8-megapixel camera with backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five elements lens
    • new FaceTime HD camera with larger 1.9micron pixels, improved backside illuminations and FaceTime audio
    • more LTE bands “than any other smartphone in the world”
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
    • 16/32GB storage
    • iOS 7
    • bigger capacity battery

    Release date and pricing

    While the iPhone 5C is supposed to be Apple’s cheaper iPhone model, the company did not mention full prices for the handset, only on-contract ones.

    The 16GB model will sell for $99 with new two-year contracts, while the 32GB will cost $199 with a similar contract.

    Furthermore, Apple will offer iPhone 5C buyers free access to its iWork and iLife apps for iOS.

    Moreover, a special case is available for the iPhone 5C, which will cost $29.

    The phone will be available for pre-order starting with September 13 and launch on September 20 in various countries including USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Singapore and China.

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    iPhone 5S

    The name of the high-end iPhone is, as expected, iPhone 5S.

    The device is made of high-grade aluminum and has chamfered edges. Unlike the iPhone 5, the new iPhone 5S will not be available in just two colors. Instead, Apple will sell three color versions of its handset including Silver, Gold and “Space Grey.”

    Specs and features

    The specs of the iPhone 5S have also been widely discussed in unconfirmed reports before the announcement. Many of them have been confirmed by Apple on stage, so let’s check them out:

    • 4-inch Retina display with integrated touch, full sRGB standard and widescreen video
    • Apple A7 64-bit chip – the first smartphone in the world to have a 64-bit “desktop class” CPU. It will run both 32-bit and 64-bit apps. The company says it will offer a 40x CPU performance and 56x faster graphics than the original smartphone.
    • Apple M7 motion coprocessor – “continuously measures motion data” from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. A new CoreMotion API is available and will identify user movement and offer “optimizations based on contextual awareness
    • Open GL ES 3.0 support
    • 8-megapixel camera with larger f2.2 aperture, two-LED flash (one is cool and white, the other is warm and amber), 15% larger active sensor area (1.5microns pixels), iOS 7 optimizations for better pictures (auto image stabilization, new burst mode that takes 10 frames per second) and 720p video recording at 120fps
    • more LTE bands “than any other smartphone in the world”
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
    • 16/32/64 GB storage
    • iOS 7
    • fingerprint scanner in the Home button (touch ID capacitive sensor, 170 microns thin, 500ppi resolution, scans sub-epidermal skin layers and offers 360-degree readability). The feature can be used to unlock the handset but also perform various tasks in apps (support for multiple fingerprints is included).
    • Home button made of laser-cut sapphire crystal with a stainless steel detection ring around it
    • Fingerprint software protects fingerprint with encryption, and the fingerprint is not available to other apps, and it’s not stored on Apple’s servers.
    • bigger capacity battery: 10 hours (LTE and Wi-Fi browsing, 3G talk time and vide), 8 hours (3G browsing), 250 hours (standby)

    Release date and pricing

    The iPhone 5S will also be available starting with September 20 in the same markets where the iPhone 5C will sell. The iOS 7 iLife and iWork suits are also available free of charge with each iPhone 5S prices.

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    As for prices, the iPhone 5S will cost $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). Its special cases are priced at $39.

    Wrap up

    As you can see, Apple has not revealed all the hardware details about its new smartphones, which is in line with previous iPhone announcements.

    Similarly, the new iPhones will not beat the competition when it comes to hardware – Apple has never played in the specs race game. That said, the new iOS smartphones will certainly put up a more than decent fight against Android, and we’ll certainly pit the iPhone 5S against the flagship Android devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and others, while the iPhone 5C will find its sparing partners in the plethora of mini versions of various Android high-end devices.

    On a related note, we’ll also note that in addition to the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5S models, the iPhone 4S will still remain in Apple’s lineup, and it’ll be available free of charge with new contracts.

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    Comments

    • frhow

      Whats different again?….. I blinked.

      • MasterMuffin

        Something about colors and stuff?

        • frhow

          I almost spit out my water when I read your statement.

        • Nech

          ^^ so much win!

    • Mochammad Santaka

      A 64-bit phone which Apple skips to announce the amount of RAM it will have.
      Very encouraging. #sarcasm

      • Piyush

        Apple never touts ram they had never said ram in event about ram in iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.

        • Ruben

          You so understand that unless it has 4 gigs of ram the 64bit processor is completely redundant and will serve only to drain battery faster… Don’t you?

          • Piyush

            read my reply to above comment and battery is same as s4

            • Brian Shieh

              Sorry, to say, but the iPhone 5s has a 1570 maH battery, a slight increase from the 4. Definitely less than the 2600 on the s4

            • Piyush

              IOS IS efficient os , even iPhone 5 has same battery as s4 look at anandtech and i am not talking about maH i am talking about real life usage.

            • Brian Shieh

              I will have to agree on iOS and efficiency, but I don’t understand how it says it has same battery as a s4. Look: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7324/apple-increases-iphone-5c-and-5s-battery-sizes-relative-to-5
              Real life usage I guess will improve then.

            • Piyush

              i meant to say real life usage is same as s4 even after s4 having twice battery. here is link http://www.anandtech.com/show/6330/the-iphone-5-review/13

            • john

              can you insure something you do not know or have you used? People (ifans) are a real jewel. ignorance is a bliss

            • john

              the battery of s4 doesn´t fit in 3.5 inch or 4inch (I have ipod but it is very difficult to see something in that screen after to use 5 inch)

        • Mochammad Santaka
      • http://iamzb.com/ Andres Quintana

        at most it has 2gigs which is kinda pointless with a 64bit OS

        • Piyush

          its for gpu , you have not seen keynote.

          • http://iamzb.com/ Andres Quintana

            Yea I get that but I highly doubt the improvements are as vast as they say they are. Just like when they bragged about their Quadcore GPU last year these are gimmicks just like they boast their phone has the more LTE bands than any other phone in the world well congrats as this likely only benefits Apple we in the states only support a few of these making the rest kinda useless.

            • Piyush

              what gimmick , how is gpu a gimmick , now you are trolling. they will boast anything , every company does that lets take eg of samsung octa processor or google nexus q.

            • http://iamzb.com/ Andres Quintana

              All I’m saying is their claims are exaggerated until we see bench marks & a spec sheet we cannot tell how much of an improvement this is over their last phone. Secondly I do not think their 64bit system will warrant enough gains atm to be considered a game changer.

            • Piyush

              my friend , take my advice benchmark doesn’t mean real life performance. where they have told its game changer its for future proofing.

            • http://iamzb.com/ Andres Quintana

              I’ll just chalk this up to I have no idea what I am talking about you win.

            • Jaun Lombard

              I agree and real life performance of an iPhone was already good…and with the new iPhone 5S, I believe they made it even better. IOS will also run smooth…but I still like android!

            • john

              Yeah! for what better performance in iphone? for the same?

            • john

              if you like that much ,you can buy 10 iphone and make gifts for your family but can you go off this page? please. go to mac pages or search a job in apple.

      • john

        More Ram, so that? more processor, so that? it is not neccesary for that functions.

    • msda

      android ecosystem ahead of iphone, fingerprint motorola atrix already has it

      • Piyush

        its not who does first , its the one who does the best and i hate to say they may have nailed it because its on home button and works seamlessly.

        • Abdel Aziz Farhi

          True

        • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

          Yeah, integrated in the home button is smart.

        • Jaun Lombard

          Agree and the quality of it!

        • john

          yeah! you can search the code morse.. 1st press=home, 2=Siri, 3=blabla, 4=bla*bla, 1press*1sec=tasks(what?), 1press*3sec=call 911.
          Steve calling pyiush…ah he is busy………… pressing one ……….. button!

      • Jared Persinger

        It was Motorola and they were using gingerbread software with motoblur, it was bound to fail. I hate to admit it but when apple releases something like this although its not usually the first to the market it is usually perfected by them

        • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

          Didn’t work out that way with Siri – or Maps.

      • gommer strike

        …but how many people bought the atrix?

    • Jaime

      Chris: just to clarify “The company says it will offer a 40x CPU performance and 56x faster graphics” compared with the ORIGINAL iphone (iphone 1).

      • Peter Barnes

        Yeah, I noticed that one too. Bit of a stupid comparison really

        • smokebomb

          it’s like comparing the fact that a 6 year old can speak, walk, and learn arithmetic but a newborn can’t do anything on its own except cry, poop and sleep.

        • OMGgary

          Yeah, but it probably sounds impressive if you are not as tech literate, a demographic which of course is Apple’s bread and butter.

        • Jaime

          Galaxy S4, Xperia z1 and HTC One now with infinite more computing power than the original phone by Bell. LOL.

          • RarestName

            Galaxy S = 427
            Galaxy S II = 1030
            Galaxy S III = 1727
            Galaxy S4 = 3495

            3495/427 = 8.185x faster

            • Jaime

              Lol wut?
              Edit: are you talking about RAM?

            • RarestName

              Highest Geekbench scores, if that matters.

            • Jaime

              Oh OK. The original Galaxy S was about the same speed of the iphone 4, so, not a valid comparison.
              The new a7 processor of the iphone 5same is a dual core at 1.7 Ghz vs Galaxy S4 quad core 2.3 Ghz on the snapdragon 800 variant.

            • http://iamzb.com/ Andres Quintana

              but the 64bits must count for something!

            • john

              For show the same square icons faster than faster! the apps are not prepared for 64 bits, it is the same case with windows

            • fcgbcdbv

              believing in benchmarks? :D please more stupid comments

            • RarestName

              I’m sorry, I must have missed out the part about how I don’t really give two sh*ts about benchmarks.

            • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

              Galaxy S was 3 years after the iPhone came out though. If the speed was doubled each year for 3 more years, Galaxy S7 would be 65x faster than the Galaxy S.

            • john

              It is not only numbers. You can begin to install business apps or complex apps (at the same time) and check your real performance… example: skype+chrome+talk+widgets+google now+gestures)

        • Abdel Aziz Farhi

          Try looking at this from the point of view of a regular user who doesn’t really care about what’s under the hood as long as it looks good, runs smooth and does the job. This would sound impressive.

          • Jaun Lombard

            I agree…I like simplicity and good looks. I like my Android, but I also like iPhone. The only reason I dont buy iPhone is because its very restricted when it comes to Bluetooth and USB connectivity

            • l3inad

              Couldn’t agree more. friend of mine take a short video clip from his iphone 5 and tried to send via bluetooth to another iphone but no luck. Its less than 2 mins clip…wtf Apple?!

          • David Allen

            I have a Lamborghini kit car then I would like to sell you for $120,000. It’s shiny and red but its got a 2007 Prius motor under the hood.

          • john

            smoooooth yeah if you like smooooth buy iphone but if you like real smartphone buy any other brand even nokia, blackberry

      • jusephe

        Compared to iPhone 5 it’s 2x fast… which is just crazy when we think about it.. potentially faster than snapdragon 800.

        • RarestName

          I’ll believe it when I use it.

          • kirev

            agreed.

        • Abdel Aziz Farhi

          Thanx to iOS not to this CPU it self. iOS is as optimized to iPhone’s hardware as it can possibly be. That’s why it feels incredibly smooth. + App developers have much less Phones and hardware to optimize their apps. On the other side Android developers have a much harder job doing so. Android’s Fragmentation makes our choice for the next Smartphone to buy much easier but makes it harder for app developers to optimize their apps to different hardware. Android versions etc..

          • l3inad

            Good point but have you checked the number of ppl using Android? Also its not just the app devs doing its the phone itself. You’re not stuck, limited or restricted. Well unless jailbroken :-)…try copying a simple Word document from your pc to ur phone and copy that to another pc or laptop then tell me if iphone has this feature…iL sell my Note 2. :-P

        • john

          maybe iphone 5 was 2x slowest, now 5s to catch benchmark of Galaxy Note 3 but here comes galaxy s5, nexus 5, htc one max …..

      • Brian Shieh

        I actually didn’t realize they meant the 1st iPhone until you pointed it out. Yup, it’s definitely misleading

      • Skeptical

        What will people do with that much processing power? Play FPS games on it? Productive things? Encryption? Running Virtual Machines? If it is jest so their OS can run faster then the same result can be achieved with better programming or a better platform (not BSD bases or Linux based).

        • TornZero

          I’m pretty sure Apple’s pulling a Samsung: throw in their best hardware before they have to give a shit about optimizing the firmware.

      • Shreyash

        The writer is comparing 5s to 1 because that’s what Phil Schiller said however the chart that was shown compared all generations of iPhones

        • Jaime

          Yes, we know. But originally the article only said that it was 40x faster, it didn’t clarify that it was being compared to the original iphone. The article was updated later.

    • smokebomb

      still no nfc, still only 4 inches. i’ll stick with android.

      • Kestes

        I’ll switch to android when I want to hold a tablet against my face.

        • Jaime

          Check the Droid mini, moron

        • David Rutla

          Lol and the Apple iSheep fanboy’s arrive. Lmao of course and uneducated sheep wouldn’t know android phones come from clamshell size-3.5-8.0. Now if your hands are the size of a 13 year old girl. Sorry my man hands need 5.00 and better. Now go run to the idiot bar at your local iShit store and tell them I offended you

          • Enea

            Thats why i love you android fans. Even though the world made the clear choice “lets fuck with the iFans” like 3 years ago, you still go with it even though its more consumed than Paris Hiltons junk.
            Anyways, Dear idiots, the fucking phone is a ones way to show their style. The word style means ‘personal choice’ so yall can back the fuck down and mind your business. if you want to buy one cause of its beauty, no problem, the phone is made to connect people, not to fuckin breach the US security system. If you wanna wake the geek inside you or try to act like youve known only Ubuntu in your life, than chose the fucker that does that.
            Who the fuck are you to preach ones choice?! I mean, you wouldnt judge your mom wether she took a flying, 2-headed, diesel-powered dildo instead of the simple, slushy one now would you? Ofcourse no, you’d go straight to your room and cry, because your mom got a brand new dildo and she didnt get you one.
            Grow some balls and get a life, “3.5 inch clamshell” boy

            • Nech

              lol @ dildo!

            • David Rutla

              Enea did I hit a soft spot ? Because you sound like it bruh

            • Enea

              not actually, just tryin to fuck around with you “clamshell” boy :)

            • David Rutla

              “Clamshell”…hmm I think i will take that as a compliment and acknowledgement that you realize how diversely superior android is to iOldShit. Seems Kestes got Enea to come help him troll today. Still nevertheless superior intellect and superior OS defeat the idiots beneath my feet.

            • Jaime

              You seem butthurt… Maybe the dildo was for you?

            • Enea

              im sorry, i missed the part how you got in the conversation. Are you trying to find the name of the store where that dildo was bought? Cause if you are youre asking the wrong guy mister, or miss whatever the fuck you are

            • Βερέκυνθος Σταμάτη

              You show excellent maturity for your age.

            • Jaime

              I’m sorry I missed the part when this was a private IM and not the Internet

            • David Rutla

              The Enea must really like me or something lol

            • john

              Enea get out of this page. It is not for ifans or disrespectful people either. go to macrumors or iphone.com

            • john

              Wow. hold your horses! maybe you is in the wrong page you read this page is for android users, go to machell or down your mom skirt. Maybe you must buy a pink iphone and use it in vibrate mode.. always.

        • john

          Use a tape on your head.

    • Bret Little

      40x performance over the orginal iPhone, this is what they actually said: “The A7 is up to 2x as fast as the previous generation of CPUs, and handles graphics up to 2X faster”

      • http://iamzb.com/ Andres Quintana

        its only twice as fast as the 5 which isn’t even that fast anymore the whole 64bit processor is great but a little to early to have any kind of real benefits we can see and say WOW this is really fast.

        • joser116

          Wait for Cortex 57 and 53. 64 bit cores in a big.LITTLE 8-core configuration, coupled with Samsung’s latest RAM and memory technology, and Android 5 optimized for 64 bit :D

        • samster11

          Is ios7 optimised for 64 bit though I wonder….. and are there any 64-bit versions of apps out there at launch?

          Actually… why the phuck do I care?! LOL!!

      • john

        iphone 5s is like a ferrari with chair of wood, it is uncomfortable and a prison with phone.

    • Peter Barnes

      If you have £530-£700 for a new iPhone, you mayaswell buy a nexus 4, a PlayStation 4 and a TV

      • TornZero

        PlayStation 4: $400
        New HDTV, let’s say 32 inches: ~$250
        Nexus 5: presumably $300 for the lowest capacity

        Converted, it’s in the £600 range.

        Maybe some other day, iPhone, your price tag will prove itself worthy. Maybe. Probably not.

      • l3inad

        Rightly said. Thinking of a gaming rig with the price :-)

      • Gary

        Doesn’t work that way.

        I’ll buy a new iPhone and a $2k TV. I’ll skip the PlayStation 4. No time for games as I need to focus on my family and career. Don’t want to spend too much time tweaking my phone, so the simple & reliable iPhone is a good choice for a dumb, regular user like me.

        • john

          Maybe you must buy $3k tv and iphone 3 for that objectives, is the same thing for the same functions (talk, chat, tweet, check-in, sms, game) the difference is fashion and status

    • Roberto Tomás

      so this is the first consumer grade cortex a57 processor? cool

      — I think it is strange that they managed to beat AMD to market with their *server* A57 chip, since that is server-grade stuff. (almost not a real A57, at 28nm)

      • OMGgary

        Not sure, I think Apple processors are now after drifting a bit from the mainstream ARM into custom.

        Edit: I mean Apple has made some customisation of its own design to the chips with a few years now, so this probably isn’t a regular ARM design either.

    • csharpner

      Last sentence…
      “the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5S models” ????

      The 5S AND the 5S?

      • OMGgary

        Chris mustn’t like the colours of the 5C. LOL

    • Ivan Myring

      At (up to, so actually less) double the speed of the A6, the snapdragon 800 still beats it.

    • Abdel Aziz Farhi

      I guess Apple really did bring the competition to a new level which is good since this means other brands will have to catch up.

      • john

        yeah apple walks while others fly

        • Abdel Aziz Farhi

          What i mean was the finger print reader thingy. Other than that its just another iPhone.

      • john

        What??? to catch up what things?… fingerprint is the difference of 5S, maybe you must search in google (or bing) motorola+fingerprint. More the same besides you can look the screen is the same in iphone 4, 4s, 5, 5s while other brands have big changes. Have you a tv of 21″?

        • Abdel Aziz Farhi

          Motorola’s finger print reader sux. i tested it my self and it wasn’t as accurate as it should be. Actually it wasn’t useful at all. The only thing i was talking about when i said catch up is this new finger print tech and the new 64-bit CPU ship. I never liked Apple products but the truth has to be said. Though Android is still better and i won’t change my Note 2 for an iPhone. at least not yet. Calm down body.

          • john

            So, where is the innovation? if motorola has invented the technology. 64bit CPU is not new in mobile, besides Apple is seller not manufacturer. Apple is a very good buyer of parts…..

            • Abdel Aziz Farhi

              I did not use the word innovation did i ?. Motorola did bring this feature to the mobile world but it wasn’t what we were looking for. Apple on the other hand had the upper hand when it made this feature actually useful and accurate. as for the 64 bit CPU i didn’t run across a device that has this kind of ships so far, at least not a device running Android, iOS or Windows mobile.. So i’m sure that Apple is the 1st to do this, Still.. i’m not getting an Apple product any time soon because it still lacks the basics..

            • john

              calm down, apple is not inventing actually since Jobs has dead. I repeat, apple is not manufacturer, really is software maker (ios, mac os), so they have very good providers and then sue them because the providers make your own products.

    • DavidM

      I have owned every iPhone since the original in 2007. Apple has finally lost the lead in smartphones. This keynote was a joke. Android is now the leader in price, performance, and diversity of options. Now, what is your recommendation for a replacement for a “like new” iPhone 5?

      • Omran Terro

        HTC One

      • RarestName

        Everyone knows that the “S” versions of the iPhones are incremental upgrades, so I don’t get why people were having such high expectations.

        • Piyush

          you are right my friend.

      • Abdel Aziz Farhi

        If you have enough cash to spend on a smart phone i recommend Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Latest tech under the hood with a long list of exclusive awesome features. If you’re fine with a huge screen The G-Note 3 is another smart choice. it packs everything the S4 has to offer + its S-pen suite. You can also take a look at HTC’s One or Sony’s Xperia Z

        • Piyush

          i would say only go for htc one and xperia z1 , my bro has many problem with s4 like overheating , lag and not good battery too.

          • Abdel Aziz Farhi

            Must be a software issues because mine works flawlessly. This happens sometimes if the device is used in a wrong way.. (Bloatware, Viruses, after market chargers etc..). However if you think this is not the case you might want to pay Samsung a visit .

            • Piyush

              never mind he is exchanging s4 with note 3 or z1.

            • Abdel Aziz Farhi

              Even better :)

            • Jaime

              Or could be a lie. My s4 used to get a little hot, but after the first update it doesn’t do it anymore.

          • john

            No. It is lack of knowledge. It is real advantage of android the knowledge is free and the configuration of your phone with many ways in internet you can search and learn. I have s4 but i tweak it for my convenience. Can you make it in your iphone(s)?

            • Piyush

              ask anyone from your family member to tweak and they will say what!! , everyone is not tech nerd , my bro bought it for big screen and thats for it , he is not tech nerd like us ,your opinion is totally wrong if i have to configure or tweak os to make it useful.

            • john

              My family don´t know these concepts but they have my knowledge enough for that. For the rest of world exists search for google play and several apps for configure and personalize your android (check battery, temp, speed) only that you want if you have time and interest

            • Piyush

              you still aren’t getting point , average users don’t like to fiddle with device to make it work properly , they want out of box good experience , sheesh!! is that too much to ask.

            • john

              oh yeah! I understand but other people believes that good experience out of box is only with iphone but is wrong. Nowadays you can look in everywhere people with android phones (huawei, htc, samsung, etc…) because android is not for tech guys anymore since ICS 4.0
              Maybe people want differenciation buying iphone with false idea of to have the best phone.

            • Piyush

              Who the hell is talking about iPhone , my point was my bro had issueswith s4 and he doesn’t know how to tweak like custom rom (its updated too) to solve problem he wants good big screen phone that works smoothly and with good battery and no restart , that’s it , now you are trolling dude.

            • john

              These are my conclusions. maybe i am wrong for understand your answers for side iphone. In android you can optimize the smatphone in several levels (of knowledge):
              1-Simple off settings are not necessary (feedback, vibrations, animations, gestures, read the manual)

              2-Down apps for speed your phone, clean cache
              3-Root only for install apps more advanced

              4-Change Rom for other optimized

            • Piyush

              Lets end this conversation , because you are tech nerd , first of all no average users is gonna do all that secondly you are insulting android by telling this shit (Simple off settings are not necessary) , android is great in stock but s4 is bloated with touchwiz you know my bro loved s2 very much it was fast and smooth at that time but s4 feels sluggish to him and with overheating issues and weak battery he is not satisfied at all and he is not gonna do all that shit to make phone run properly.

            • john

              I am not tech nerd, i am geek. I want help but you want talk about problems. Enough for me

      • Jaime

        If you want a similar look: HTC one.
        If you want the best camera: Xperia Z1.
        If you want the better productivity phone: Samsung Note 3.

        All this phones are awesome but I would choose between the Z1 and the Note 3

      • samster11

        Wait for the next Nexus. Screw Samsung and their shitty UI :)

        • DavidM

          How about a google play edition samsung s4?

          • samster11

            But….why? A Nexus is effectively the same thing, but at half the price…. (and a SDcard slot isn’t worth paying twice as much!)

            • Jaime

              Better processor, removable battery, better gpu, and better screen along with sd slot is worth paying more.

            • samster11

              Things go out of date quickly in tech…. yes you could get a S4 Play Edition for $500 now but in <10 weeks the next Nexus will be out and there is a good chance it will have the Snapdragon 800 SOC…. then if I were DavidM, I'd be kicking myself!

              A few buddies have the S4.. and I've played with it a lot…. whilst the S4s screen 'on paper' is better for sure… in practice there's little difference – both are excellent.

            • Jaime

              You are right, but there always will be something better on the horizon. Go for what serve you.

            • john

              I prefer S4 and touchwiz isn´t active, install Nova, wanam xposed… super. I have all sensors, camera software,etc

            • Ruben

              You seem to know more about the next Nexus than the rest of us… Please share your wisdom with us.

            • Jaime

              I think everybody but you understood I was comparing the play store editions to the actual nexus 4.

            • Ruben

              You replied to DavidM which replied to Samster11 who is clearly talking about the next Nexus. Reading is hard isn’t it?

            • Jaime

              Yes it is, I liked the part when you missed the answer the guy I wrote to, he understood, why didn’t you? And you really think Google will put top of the line SoCs to the new nexus? Didn’t the Nexus 7 2013 gave you a clue? And I only replied to Samster11, can’t you read?

        • john

          You don´t know the word “launcher”. If someone hate touchwiz can replace with Nova, Apex, etc……..

          • Ruben

            Don’t you know the words bloatware, useless features and stupid physical buttons?

            • john

              Bloatware is word of iphone fan go to mac hell. At least we have software for in activate whatever.you have a os with 5×4 icons..

            • Ruben

              I don’t own an iPhone or any other iDevice. I own a Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, ASUS TF101, Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7 (2013). Except for the ASUS TF101 they’re all completely bloatware free and the ASUS isn’t full of bloatware either… Those sound like Android devices to me.

            • john

              If you have nexus must know that nexus is pure android and 0 bloatware and you install apps from google play. Asus has some apps useful and the ROM is not so changed as Galaxy.

            • Ruben

              That’s why I’m saying Samsung is full of bloatware. That’s the whole point. The biggest reason that Samsung sucks is either Touchwiz or the physical buttons.

            • john

              All these answer tell that you are iphone fan and never have had a android of competency. Only if you had had android you know for what is other buttons not the morse code in iphone.

            • Ruben

              I still don’t know what you’re talking about, like I said, I’ve never had or used any iDevice in my life. I swear by Android which is one of the main reasons that I’m on AndroidAuthority. I’ve been with Android since the HTC Hero and Android keeps on getting better. It’s just a shame Samsung is ruining the Android experience and image of it.

            • john

              ok it is my mistake. We agree that Samsung in the version s4 is not optimized its jelly bean now but users or even Samsung can optimize it.

          • samster11

            True – but I’ve never met a normal user who actually knows what a launcher is. My beef with Samsung’s crappy UI is that most people in the world think that TouchWiz _is_ Android. It’s doing Android a disservice imho.

            • john

              agree and now people begin to understand the terms of android reading, downloading of google play and using apps.

          • joe

            You dont get the true feeling of stock android. Under all that is touch whiz, all of the stock apps have touchwhiz on it. It is more than the home screen and app drawer. A lot of people hate android because of touchwhiz, and they think that is android and that there is nothing different

        • john

          The galaxy s4 google edition hasn´t touch wiz and it is faster than ever

      • Joshua Jackson

        Easily an HTC One. You won’t regret it

      • DC

        Glad you finally realized what’s been true for about 2 years now…

        • DavidM

          So, when is the nexus 5 due?

    • Ivan Myring

      Apple unveils iPhone. The Verge shits it self.

    • Omran Terro

      Go home apple…

    • TouchID

      I guess People in Northern Region won’t be able to use Security Feature (Touch ID) in winter with their Gloves on… Will loose Market in Europe….

      • Abdel Aziz Farhi

        I don’t think they will be using their phones out side anyways when its that cold.. Well at least in my case.

    • John Hamernick-Ramseier

      When Apple starts giving consumers more choice, it means one thing that they are loosing enough consumers they need to try and convince them back with more choices than they had before, with Apple.

    • FOG

      Fingerprint scanner offers 360-degree readability….
      Since it’s a circle…. that it scans for the whole circle…

      It’s like saying a circle button can be pressed 360 degrees!!!
      What a cheap way to try make something useless feel nice…

      • RarestName

        It means that it can be read from any orientation.

        • john

          Really?… No! it is awesome!!!!! It also lets you talk on the phone?

          • RarestName

            I also heard that it sends text messages too! Isn’t that cool?

            Jokes aside, I’ve never actually seen a fingerprint scanner which accurately scans at a 360° before.

    • joser116

      This will only make Android better.

    • Jaime

      Introducing the iPhone 5S on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sIWez9HAbA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      iphone 5s – the s stands for “same”

      • Spruce Cycle

        lol “same” yep, Apple has run out of ideas

    • Spruce Cycle

      Not good enuf. We are in a widget world and rows and rows of icons always displaying sunny and 72 in Cupertino can’t cut it.

      Maintaining that 4in screen is being rather luddite-ish for a tech company. Controller support, however, is a leap forward and I expect it’s the coup de grace for the pc and console gaming industries.

    • guestranter

      It was almost a year ago that I was faced with choosing between the Note 2 and the iPhone 5. I had been a 3gs user for the previous 2-3 years. It was a bit worrying switching to Android because of the fewer number of available apps. But after a few weeks, I was happy to have chosen the Note 2. If I was faced with the same choice today but against the 5s, I’d still pick the Note 2. Having a real file system, a big screen, and trace-typing are huge benefits to me.

      • Spruce Cycle

        Not to mention u can write on it! Note series can just almost replace a laptop for light productivity users. What’s holding it back is not hardware but software and as a Samsung Developer I am trying my best to remedy that!

        Good post, op.

      • john

        I agree, If you need many tasks with smartphone and web, documents, sync, etc go for android (Samsung, Sony, Htc) but if you need talk, chat, tweet go for iphone. 4 inch is a joke in the tech needs today

    • Lee

      Can’t believe how they plasticised iphone 5 to iphone 5C to make more profit margin with exactly same internals.Come on they have the same screen from the last year!I’m happy for HTC One and Note 3

      • john

        welcome to apple world! they need the money of samsung(sue) and poor ignorant iphone users (also these users are rich)

    • Luka Mlinar

      Updating the processor and overall performance is pointless since the OS is basically a pushcart.

      • Spruce Cycle

        Lol

    • Alu Zeros

      no 128gb, no nfc, not much of a huge battery jump, and no wifi a c. I could care less if it has a 64bit cpu. Whatever happened to practicality and efficiency of hardware meets up with software in harmony. Android Kit Kat better bring it. Better notification customization. The toggle drawer needs to be accessed with a gesture swipe instead of having to hit a crappy button in the corner. Update the lockscreen something similar to intelliscreen x (almost done with widgets but limited to one widget, also camera widget is always on the right (annoying), and no many third party widgets. Better text selection movements with gestures. Better battery life. Android battery life of actual use of phone sucks compared to IOS. Sad part is Iphone has a smaller battery when compared to most major android phones. This will probably never happen, but would be nice. Allow physical volume buttons on headphone/mic sets. Bluetooth is great, but drains battery even with bluetooth 4.0. WTF GOOGLE, can i get separate physical volume controls. Make my music listening and handsfree calling more enjoyable. It’s one the main features that I like an iphone for. I would switch to Android completely if Android offered non bluetooth headphone mic sets with actual physical volume controls. Setting up one button for multiple functions with app is a cheap way of saying, we suck, this is the best we can do. Also google now is great, but honestly who gives a rat’s a** how far it is from the earth to the moon. Can you actually do daily tasks handsfree while the phone is in my pocket and with very little interaction, and complete the task through some kind of headset bluetooth and non bluetooth, or heck even google glass. For example, read incoming text messages, and sending and receiving communication messages. That’s what I would like to see. Moto X kind of does this, but still not there. -if it had immediate updates to latest android, battery that last all day. I would have been sold.

      • Jaime

        Several Android phones have headsets with 3 buttons…

    • Kevin

      what the hell is a micron pixel and what does that mean for the quality of photos that are taken with the front facing camera?

    • Alain Lafond

      Wow 4 inches….

    • Ragcsalo

      Fingerprint not stored on Apple servers – ha ha ha. I bet Apple sells all fingerprints to the F.B.I. and N.S.A. :-)

    • TornZero

      Give me an iPod Touch with the 5S’s hardware and features at a 32GB minimum (as Apple devices should be by now) for $200 ($300 for the 64GB version) and I’ll consider bringing Apple back into my life. Like hell is it going to kick Android out (I love the shit out of my One), but I’m sick of a beautiful device’s potential being pathetically wasted on old hardware, lacking features, and minimal support; and no, it’s not the same as just buying an iPhone off-contract and using that as an iPod Touch.

    • Johnathan Katz

      It looks pretty, but that’s about all it is.

    • renz

      Is there performance number on A7 yet?

    • gerri

      Now why in the F***K does this stupid site be writing about f***ing Apple? If I want tob read abput Apple and their products I will find a Apple site. This just proves that most of the writers on this site cant find nor produce mostly and frequently sedcvond hand news that they themselves read on other sites. Stick to the nature of your site…it says Android. Not Android and Apple. Holy shit! Amateurs!

      • Valtheus

        Android users have earned the right to trash Apple after yesterdays crap of announcements… where else would they do that if AA didn’t post about this crap m8? ;)

    • Blowntoaster

      Oi. this is supposed to be an Android site.

    • chanakya.kc

      wtf is wrong with AA i thought its meant for Android stuff..

    • Cosinav

      The 4S was my last iPhone. I wasn’t impressed with 5 and not impressed by the 5S either. I’ll have to wait and see if the iPhone 6 can lure me back. Its still a nice design and exceptionally well built product but I’ll stay with my S4 until iOS ‘opens up’ and become less restrictive.

    • Laurence Eckert

      Nothing Revolutionary here!

    • qwqwqw

      Why do you even need to mention specs anyway. Apple was never about specs, why would they? Their apps run smooth on their system, no lag or choppiness, so why bother bumping RAM or CPU clock and draw more power form the battery? Android lag cannot be fixed with RAM capacity, its a core challenge. So ppl should stop shopping “specs” when choosing their phone. Oh, and we landed a man on the moon with a computer similar to a calculator watch back in the day. I think your phone (no matter the spec) is fine, whatever that phone is.

    • john

      iphone 10 will be 125000x faster than iphone 9. These people believe that we are sheep or monkeys.

    • john

      For what better performance in iphone? if it hasn´t widgets, overclocking, real multitasking, multiwindow, personalization, tweaks, etc….? only for manage minimal screen with 5*4 icons…

    • Brian Shieh

      Wanted to point this out.. The iPhone 5s has a 1570 MaH battery vs the 1440? on the 5. Impressive increase, huh? (no)

    • king

      Apple fanboys dont belongs here t(-,-

    • john

      Now apple has many apps in 64bit…. home page (5*4 icons, it move faster the icons from one side to another), maybe safari, maybe calculator (very fast app), maybe i-gnorance (new in iphone 5s)

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