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iPhone 5s: What’s New?

If you’re upgrading from its predecessor, the iPhone 5, then you’d be forgiven for thinking not much. For all intense and purposes, it looks pretty similar with its head-turning good looks. Yes, it still retains the all too familiar and much loved aluminium and glass shell.

But what makes it distinguishable as the new all singing, all dancing iPhone 5s, besides its new colour way, is its new operating system. Welcome the iOS 7.

iOS 7

The new operating system enables you to easily navigate and make the most of the iPhone 5s’ new features, which include AirDrop and Control Centre. Multitasking is easy, faster and more enjoyable too. The iPhone 5s offers a more streamlined user experience than previous models.

AirDrop

This new feature allows you to swiftly share videos, photos and contacts via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In fact, it’s so versatile you can even use it to share anything from an app, just as long as it has a share button.

Control Centre

This is where you’ll find all of those apps and controls you continuously use – all in one handy accessible place. To access, just swipe up from any screen, and that includes the Lock screen.

Touch ID

This new and exciting feature allows you to do away with inputting a passcode to unlock and access your phone. Instead, you can now use the rather smart and nifty fingerprint scanning feature. Its clever 360-degree recognition of your fingerprint means it will unlock it whichever way up you happen to be holding it.

iSight camera

This is undoubtedly the best iPhone camera to date. Features include a larger sensor, aperture and pixels, true tone flash, auto image stabilisation and continuous burst mode. Also live video zoom, Slo-mo video, photo filters, panoramic mode and square photo mode, which is ideal for sharing photos to social networking sites.

Apps

The iPhone 5s has many in-built apps to make your life easier. These include the iSight camera, photos and video, as well as maps, mail, messages, music, torch, timer and calculator apps. Video and audio calls come alive with FaceTime and copies of your coupons, boarding passes and tickets can be scanned with Passbook. Safari is still the web browser of choice and Siri, the helpful personal assistant, will execute tasks when you don’t want to. These include making calls, writing texts, setting up reminders and answering your questions.

Colours

The iPhone 5s is available in champagne, silver or space grey. Champagne is essentially a light gold colour, the silver is self-explanatory and the space grey makes a change from the standard black.

Weight

Whether you’re a fan or not of the substantial feel of previous iPhones, the new iPhone 5s is slightly lighter than earlier models. It’s still incredibly comfortable to use measuring 123.8 x 6 x 7.6mm, but only weighs 112g.

All in all, the new iPhone 5s has some great additional features and a brighter, colourful and more powerful user experience thanks to the new iOS 7.
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