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Specs showdown: iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5c vs. iPhone 5

Just how do the two new Apple iPhones stack up against last year's model?

The new iPhones have arrived, and it turns out that a lot of the rumours were actually true: there is an iPhone 5c, there is an A7 processor and there is a fingerprint sensor.

The iPhone 5s. (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

To look at, there doesn't seem to be a lot of difference between the now-defunct iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s apart from the colours. But that's because a lot of the differences have been packed in under the hood.

While the screen technology is the same (in fact, it's even the same screen on the "low-end" iPhone 5c), it's the A7 processor in the 5s that makes the biggest difference. Apple is claiming that this 64-bit processor is twice as fast as the A6 in the old iPhone 5 (and in the 5c).

There have also been some camera tweaks, with Apple increasing the pixel size of the image sensor and making the flash a dual-element number that can adjust colour temperature for different lighting conditions, but at the end of the day, it's still an 8-megapixel camera.

That leaves the fingerprint sensor on the 5s, which can detect your fingerprint with a surprising degree of accuracy — currently, you can use it for unlocking the phone and approving iTunes purchases. More applications are bound to be on the way.

At the time of writing, we were still waiting for carriers to release pricing information for individual plans, so the carrier availability refers on to those telcos specifically mentioned by Apple. Both devices will be in store on 20 September.

iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5c vs. iPhone 5
iPhone 5s iPhone 5c iPhone 5
Operating system iOS 7 iOS 7 iOS 6
Display 4-inch IPS LCD; 1136x640 pixels; 326ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1136x640 pixels; 326ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1136x640 pixels; 326ppi
Price AU$869 for 16GB; AU$999 for 32GB; AU$1129 for 64GB AU$739 for 16GB; AU$869 for 32GB No longer sold
Carrier Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin
4G Yes Yes Yes
Camera 8-megapixel, 1080p, front facing, dual-element flash 8-megapixel, 720p, front facing 8-megapixel, 720p, front facing
Processor Proprietary A7 CPU (64-bit) Proprietary A6 CPU (32-bit) Proprietary A6 CPU (32-bit)
Memory 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Battery Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G; embedded Talk time up to 10 hours on 3G; embedded Talk time up to 8 hours on 3G; embedded
NFC No No No
Fingerprint scanner Yes No No
Dedicated fitness tracking Yes No No
Weight and thickness 7.6mm; 112g 8.97mm; 132g 7.6mm; 112g
Colours Grey, gold, silver Blue, green, pink, yellow, white Black, white