Difference Between Apple iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5S

Different manufacturers take different time spans between the major releases of their signature products. Since we are talking about a highly evolving industry of smartphones, it’s always wise to update your signature line at least once a year. Hence manufacturers usually take less than one year to release the successor device. With Apple, the waiting duration is usually 10 months and after the successor is released, Apple tends to support two older generations to address different price points in the mid-range market. For instance, when Apple released the iPhone 5, they retained the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 to fill the slots in the mid-range market of $99 and free with the plan respectively. However, as long anticipated, this time Apple along with iPhone 5S has released a budget smartphone, Apple 5C, to address the entry-level market. We dived in to check the difference between Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 5 to understand whether Apple has made any significant changes. 

Apple iPhone 5S Review 

Apple iPhone 5S seems to be in agreement with the rumors that were flying around about it before its release. The main point of attraction in Apple iPhone 5S is the Touch ID which is its fingerprint reader. When you place your finger on the home button, it is said to scan your sub-epidermal layers that has a resolution of 500 points per inch and reads your fingerprint. This fingerprint identification, in turn, can be used to unlock your phone, authenticate app purchases etc. Apple has ensured that the fingerprint data is only kept locally and not sent to any outside server or iCloud which is a really good indication about privacy. When talking about the Touch ID, you’ll immediately notice that new Apple iPhone 5S has a circular home button compared to the square home button that it had in the previous generations. It has a capacitive ring around it which activates with the fingerprint scanner. In terms of usability, the Touch ID feature can be used at any orientation of the smartphone, and it also allows you to store multiple fingerprints so that multiple members can use your phone without having to enter the passcode.

Apple has announced that iPhone 5S will come with a new 64 bit A7 chip, and Apple claims that it’s the first 64 bit smartphone processor which may well be true. They also claim that their built-in apps are 64 bit optimized, as well. The graphics performance using OpenGL ES 3.0 has seen a bump of 56x while the CPU performance has seen a bump of 40x compared to the original Apple iPhone. A new M7 motion co-processor is also introduced with Apple iPhone 5S which has the sole task of measuring your motions using a series of data points gathered through accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It looks a lot like the motion core in Moto X, and Apple emphasizes that this is there to help health and fitness apps. When looking at the exterior, Apple iPhone 5S is a lot more like Apple iPhone 5 and looks even more premium and elegantly built. It comes in three colors; Gold, Silver and Space Grey and Gold one certainly adds to the glamour of the device. It seems to have the same resolution as the iPhone 5 which might not be a point of improvement, but then Apple is hell bent on providing a consistent user experience and faithful Apple fans will be happy that the resolution was kept the same.

Apple iPhone 5S comes with Apple iOS 7 which definitely seemed a lot smoother and a lot colorful than the previous version. Other than that, we couldn’t see much difference at the moment, and we are expecting an in-depth review after the release of the device. The camera has gotten a boost hardware wise as well as software wise. The lens has f2.2 aperture and has a 15% larger sensor; which means, at the same 8MP, each pixel will have more space to let more light in. There is also a two tone flash included, which has a blue cool tone LED and an amber warm tone LED, to provide a better white balance. It can also take 720p videos at 120 frames per second, which is essentially a slow motion video mode and I guess that will be famous among people doing Vines. Apple iPhone 5S comes with 4G LTE connectivity, and Apple claims that it supports 13 LTE bands to facilitate the global reach of the device. Apple hasn’t included support for Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, but the support for other protocols are included. The battery power seems to be consistent at 10 hours browsing using LTE, 10 hours talk time using 3G and 250 hours of standby which is good as gold. 

Apple iPhone 5 Review

Apple iPhone 5 was introduced as the successor for prestigious Apple iPhone 4S and was launched on the 21st of September 2012 to the stores. Apple claimed iPhone 5 as the thinnest smartphone in the market at that time scoring a thickness of 7.6mm, which is really cool. It scores dimensions of 123.8 x 58.5mm and 112g of weight which makes it lighter than most of the smartphones out there in the world. Apple has kept the width at the same pace while making it taller in order to let the customers hang on to the familiar width when they hold the handset in their palms. It is said to be made entirely from glass and Aluminum which is going to be great news for artistic consumers. No one would doubt the premium nature of this handset for Apple has tirelessly engineered even the smallest parts. The two tone back plate feels genuinely metallic and is pleasing to hold on to. We particularly loved the Black model although Apple offers a White model as well. It uses an Apple A6 chipset along with Apple iOS 6 as the operating system. It will be powered by a 1GHz Dual Core processor that Apple has come up with. This processor is said to have Apple’s own SoC using ARM v7 based instruction set. The cores are based on Cortex A7 architecture which was previously rumored to be of A15 architecture. It is to be noted that this is not the Vanilla Cortex A7, but rather an in-house modified version of Apple’s Cortex A7 probably fabricated by Samsung. Apple iPhone 5 been a LTE smartphone, we are bound to expect some deviation from the normal battery life. But Apple has addressed that problem with the custom made Cortex A7 cores. As you can see, they haven’t increased the clock frequency at all, but instead, they have been successful in increasing the number of instructions executed per clock. Also it was noticeable in the GeekBench benchmarks that the memory bandwidth has been significantly improved as well. So all in all, now we have reason to believe that Tim Cook wasn’t exaggerating when he claimed that iPhone 5 is twice as faster as iPhone 4S. The internal storage would come in three variations of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with no option to expand storage using microSD card. 

Apple iPhone 5 has 4 inch LED backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels at a pixel density of 326ppi. It is said to have 44% better color saturation with full sRGB rendering enabled. The usual Corning gorilla glass coating is available making the display scratch resistant. Apple CEO Tim Cook claims that this is the most advanced display panel in the world. Apple also claimed that the GPU performance is as twice better compared to iPhone 4S. There may be several other possibilities for them to achieve this, but we have reason to believe that the GPU is PowerVR SGX 543MP3 with a slightly overclocked frequency compared to that of iPhone 4S. Apple has apparently moved the headphone port all the down to the bottom of the smartphone. If you have invested in iReady accessories, you may well have to buy a conversion unit because Apple has introduced a new port for this iPhone. The handset comes with 4G LTE connectivity as well as CDMA connectivity in different versions. The implications of this are subtle. Once you commit to a network provider and a specific version of Apple iPhone 5, there’s no going back. You can’t buy an AT&T model and then transfer the iPhone 5 to Verizon or Sprint’s network without buying another iPhone 5. So you will have to think rather carefully on what you want before committing to a handset. Apple boasts of an ultrafast Wi-Fi connectivity as well offering Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band Wi-Fi Plus cellular adapter. Unfortunately Apple iPhone 5 doesn’t feature NFC connectivity nor does it support wireless charging. The camera is the regular culprit of 8MP with autofocus and LED flash that can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second. It also has a front camera to make video calls. It is worthwhile to note that Apple iPhone 5 only supports nano SIM card. The new operating system seems to provide better capabilities than the old one as usual. We will report more news on the matter as soon as we have it. 


Apple iPhone 5S is bound to be better than Apple iPhone 5 for various reasons. But the prominent reason is the successor predecessor relationship whereby Apple iPhone 5S is explicitly implied to be better than iPhone 5. But the boost in the processor as well as the graphics and the new Touch ID all makes it better than iPhone 5. However given we don’t have solid details about the specs yet, we will not provide a solid conclusion and just stop at claiming Apple iPhone 5S will be better than Apple iPhone 5. We’ll update the review as soon as we get more information. 

Comparison of Specifications

iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5

 Design iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Form Factor Candy Bar Candy bar
Keyboard Virtual, Capacitive multi touch Virtual Full QWERTY
Dimension 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in) 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
Weight 112 g (3.95 oz) 112 g (3.95 oz)
Body Color Space Grey, Gold, Silver White (with aluminum back), Black (with black anodized back)
 Display iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Size 4.0 in 4 inches
Resolution 1136x640 pixels; 326 ppi 1136 x 640 pixels; 326ppi
Features Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, 44% better color saturation, full sRGB rendering, Oleophobic coated, scratch resistance
Sensors Fingerprint identity sensor, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor Three axis gyro, Accelerometor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
 Operating System iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Platform iOS 7 Apple iOS 6
UI iOS 7 Apple
Browser Safari, Built in Search engine Safari, Built in Search engine
Java/Adobe Flash JavaScript JavaScript
 Processor iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Model Apple A7 (64-bit architecture) with M7 motion coprocessor Apple A6 (2X faster CPU and 2x graphics compared to the A5)
Speed 1 GHz Dual core
 Memory iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Included 16 / 32 / 64GB 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB
Expansion No No card Slot
 Camera iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Resolution 8 MP with 1.5µ pixels 8 mega pixels
Flash True Tone flash, 3x Zoom LED
Focus, Zoom Autofocus, Tap to focus, Five-element lens Auto, Digital, Tap focus
Video Capture 1080p [email protected] 1080p HD
Features ƒ/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Hybrid IR filter, Slow-motion video 5-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, Dynamic low light mode, Smart filter, 40% faster than 4S
Secondary camera 1.2 MP, 720p HD, Backside illumination sensor Three axis gyro, Accelerometor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
 Entertainment iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Audio AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, AAX+, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Video H.264, MPEG-4 up to 2.5 Mbps, M-JPEG up to 35 Mbps; File formats .m4v, .mp4, .mov, .avi H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG
Gaming Game Center Game Center
FM Radio No but Tunein Internet Radio App No but Tunein Internet Radio App
 Battery iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Type Capacity Built-in lithium-ion Li-ion non-removable battery
Talktime Up to 10 hours 8 hours (3G or LTE), 10 hours (WiFi)
Standby Up to 250 hours max 500 hrs
 Mail and Messaging iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Mail POP3, IMAP, Push mail (Exchange, Gmail); (view jpg, tiff, gif, docx, html, pdf, pptx, zip, ics, txt, rtf, vcf, xlsx Gmail, Email, (VIP mail box)
Messaging SMS, MMS, iMessage MMS, SMS, IM (GoogleTalk)
 Connectivity iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n(2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n, Dual-channel up to 150Mbps
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes GSM model with upgrade to iOS 4.3, CDMA model
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology v4.0
USB Lightning connector Yes, connect via 30 pin dock adapter, Lightning connector
HDMI No; Connect via Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately) No
 Location Service iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Maps Apple Maps, Google Maps Apple 3D Maps
GPS Assisted GPS and GLONASS, Digital compass A-GPS, Glonass
Lost-Theft Protection Find My iPhone Find my Phone
 Network Support iPhone 5S iPhone 5
2G/3G 5 models to cover all networks; Model A1533 (GSM), A1533 (CDMA), A1453, A1457, A1530 GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+21Mbps, DC-HSDPA+42Mbps,
4G 5 models - all LTE bands(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26), TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40) LTE (Bands 4 & 17); US: Sprint, AT&T, Verizion; Canada, Europe(DT and EE), Asia
 Applications iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Apps iTunes Store, App Store, Passbook, Weather, Newsstand, Stocks, Voice Memos Apple Apps Store, iTunes
Social Networks Facebook, Twitter, SNS Facebook, Twitter, SNS
Voice Calling Skype, Viber Skype, Viber
Video Calling FaceTime, Skype, Tango, QiK Skype, Tango, QiK
Featured iTunes U, iTunes Festival, Find My Friends, iPhoto, iMovie, iBooks AirPrint, AirPlay, Find my iPhone
 Business Mobility iPhone 5S iPhone 5
Remote VPN Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse
Corporate Mail Yes, Active Sync Yes, Active Sync
Corporate Directory Yes Yes
Video Conferencing Yes with CISCO WebEx Yes with CISCO WebEx
Other Features Join.Me, Goto Meeting Join.Me, Goto Meeting
 Security iPhone 5S iPhone 5
  Fingerprint identity, MobileMe, Password Protected home screen MobileMe, Password Protected home screen
 Additional Features iPhone 5S iPhone 5
  Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button, Siri, Nano-SIM (not compatible with existing micro-SIM) cards Camera: Hybrid IR Filter, Backside illumination, Shared Photo Streams, Panorama, 40% faster image capture, better video stabilization, Facial recognition, shoot photos while videoing Audio: Three Microphone, Speaker with 5-magnet transducer, Wideband audio Browser: iCloud Tabs - share your tabs from desktop to phone, FaceTime over cellular networks, iCloud, Passbook, Improved Siri, Multiple language support Price: On a new 2 yr contract $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB Availability: Pre-orders start on 14th Sep 2012. Shipping on 21st Sept 2012 in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.