Ready for Apple's iPhone 5S?
Landing in stores on Friday, the iPhone 5S is Apple's latest flagship smartphone. It sports a handful of new features including a unique gold color choice, a faster 64-bit A7 processor, and a fingerprint scanner for security. It'll be available in three storage options, starting at $199 on contract.
Same vibrant Retina Display
In terms of the iPhone 5S' screen, not much has changed compared with its predecessor. It's still equipped with a crisp 4-inch Retina Display that has a 1,136x640-pixel resolution and 326ppi.
The standard accessories
As expected, the device comes packaged with a pair of Apple EarPods and a Lightning connector charger.
Still thin and lightweight
The handset measures 4.87 inches tall, 2.31 inches wide, and 0.30 inch thick. It weighs 3.95 ounces and remains very lightweight.
A view from the bottom
At the bottom edge, there's a 3.5mm headphone charger, the Lightning charging port, and dual speakers.
Internal memory and connectivity
The new Touch ID sensor
At the handset's launch, Apple touted its Touch ID sensor, a fingerprint scanner that's integrated into the home button and made out of sapphire crystal and a "stainless-steel detection ring."
Layer of security
Touch ID doubles as your security key in lieu of a lock-screen password, as well as your verification when you purchase music and other media content from iTunes.
Easy touch setup
To set up Touch ID, tap and circle your finger to capture multiple fingerprint angles. The phone will collect more prints the more you tap, and after that, you're in.
New True Tone LED flash
The device's 8-megapixel camera sports a True Tone LED flash that reportedly adjusts to different lightning environments, and gives photos a more natural look.
A better 8-megapixel shooter
New camera features include a sensor that's 15 percent larger than previously, and a f/2.2 aperture to capture more lighting with every photo.
Shooting with burst mode
After launching burst mode shooting, which rapidly takes several photos consecutively, you or the camera app itself can select the best photo out of the bunch, and delete the rest at once.
The bigger picture
In addition, you can now see the Camera Roll as expansive "collections," initially organized by year.
Breaking down your collections
Upon more-thorough combing, photos can then be viewed by events and locations.
What's new with video
The rear-facing camera can record 1080p HD video, as well as in slow motion.
Little too cramped for editing
For new iOS 7 devices, iMovie comes free. However, editing onscreen shows how real estate can get tight with just a 4-inch screen.
Get down with iTunes Radio
With iOS 7's music app, Apple launched iTunes Radio, a Pandora-esque music-streaming service. For more on iTunes Radio, check out CNET's hands-on.
Share it with AirDrop
Also currently available on OS X, Apple's file-sharing service, AirDrop, will be integrated with iOS 7. You will be able to send and share photos, videos, and contacts via a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.
Sadly, no events
Another new iOS 7 feature is Notifications. Though already a mainstay in Android devices, Notifications let you check on app activity and updates by swiping from the top of the screen.
Finally, Control Center for iOS
The device also features Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to quickly access settings (like adjusting screen brightness and turn on Wi-Fi), as well as other apps like the music player and camera.
Siri isn't going anywhere
The new iOS version will still feature Siri, Apple's voice assistant service, where you can launch Web searches.
Go longer without charging
Compared with the iPhone 5 (left), the 5S has a longer battery life. Reported stats include 10 days of standby time, 10 hours of talk time on 3G, 10 hours of Web browsing on 4G LTE or Wi-Fi, or 10 hours of continuous video playback.
Playing games with XCom
The handset features a faster, 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion co-processor. Here, the game XCom looks great, though a bigger screen would make gameplay a bit more enjoyable.
Benchmarking the iPhone 5S
Running 3DMark's graphics test shows the iPhone 5S' gaming's potential.