Apple iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5

As expected, Apple announced the iPhone 5S, it’s new flagship smartphone. So what’s the difference between it and the old iPhone 5? We find out in our iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 comparison review.

Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5: Screen

There’s absolutely no difference in the screen department. Apple is using the same 4 in Retina display for the iPhone 5S which was found in the iPhone 5.

 Size    Resolution     Pixel Density
Apple iPhone 5  4in   640 x 1136       326ppi
Apple iPhone 5S  4in   640 x 1136       326ppi

Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5: Processor

The iPhone 5 configurations have a 4″ (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS LED-backlit 1136×640 native resolution (326 ppi) “Retina” display, which has “integrated touch technology” so the pixels themselves act as a touch-sensitive digitizer.

The iPhone 5s has a 64-bit Apple A7 chip on board with more than a billion transistors (32-bit and 64-bit apps are supported) That’s an incredible 56 times as fast as the original iPhone.

The first-of-its-kind chip packs twice as many transistors in a piece of silicon roughly the same size as the A6 – 102mm squared.

iOS 7 will obviously support the 64-bit chip, too. A native 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers are all part of the package.

The graphics, featuring OpenGL ES 3.0, are also twice as fast and Apple was keen to demonstrate the gaming prowess of the handset with Infinity Blade 3.

Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5: Storage

There’s no shock surprises when it comes to storage. The iPhone 5S is available in three different storage models just like previous iPhones. There’s still no microSD card slot for expansion so you’ll want to pick wisely.

    Storage options     microSD slot
Apple iPhone 5      16/32/64 GB           No
Apple iPhone 5S      16/32/64 GB           No

Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5: Camera

The camera is the second area which has had a major upgrade on the iPhone 5S. It’s still an 8Mp iSight camera but various changes and features make it better than the iPhone 5’s.

It has a larger sensor, larger pixels (1.5 microns) and a larger aperture (f/2.2). All this means more light and a better picture as the result. The camera is accompanied by a ‘True Tone’ flash which is essentially a dual-flash – one is white and one is amber. It automatically adjusts to over 1,000 settings to create the correct light for your shot, says Apple.

Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5: Battery life

Apple strangely said the iPhone 5S will deliver ‘equal or better’ battery life than the iPhone 5. It will be able to manage (individually, not total) 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of 4G LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing or up to 250 hours of standby.