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The wait is finally over: At a press event today at Apple's Cupertino, California campus, the brand revealed the details of its newest iPhone: the iPhone 5S. And I seriously want it -- stat. Here's why:
1. The iPhone 5S is twice as fast as the iPhone 5.
That's because it's got a new chip called the A7, which makes it the world’s first smartphone with 64-bit desktop-computer-like infrastructure for what's supposed to be crazy fast performance, whether you're editing photos, playing games -- whatever you do with your device. This isn't supposed to decrease the phone's battery life, either, Apple claims.
The new phone also runs on iOS 7, which Apple is billing as the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone. (Even if you're not getting the new phone, you can run the new iOS on your iPhone 4 or newer.)
2. The iPhone 5S has a better camera.
And since I'm using my phone pretty much as my exclusive camera now, this all really matters. The new eight-megapixel iSight camera has a larger aperture and a new, bigger sensor. Apple claims this will improve the camera in lower-light conditions (which has been a major area for improvement in past incarnations of the device). There's also the new True Tone flash, which Apple bills as a first in any camera, that allegedly makes photos taken with flash look more natural. (Good bye ghost-faced humans?)
4. The iPhone 5S has a fingerprint security sensor.
So-called Touch ID allows you to unlock your iPhone with your finger: It uses a laser-cut sapphire crystal with the touch sensor to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and analyze it accurately. You can also use the feature to secure purchases you make with your phone. It's not exactly as if I store top-secret matters of national security on my phone, but it's nice to know that if it gets stolen, no thief could access, say, my online banking -- and it's just such a great futuristic gimmick.
5. The iPhone 5S includes the new M7 motion coprocessor.
This means various things -- some of which I don't understand. But here's one feature I'll definitely use as a result: Developers can make use of this new M7 coprocessor, so they can create even better fitness and activity apps. For fitness buffs, that's a very neat trick. The coprocessor measures your motion data all the time, even when the device is asleep.
6. The iPhone 5S comes in gold.
OK, this is one of the less technologically advanced points to make about the new phone, but I'm pretty into it. iPhone 5S is available in three metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, so you can now scoop up the phone to match your jewelry. It all goes along very nicely with my more-is-more fashion sense.
The new devices are for sale September 20 -- and you can find me waiting in line.