Pretty much as everyone expected and Elvis Costello, too. From the camera to pricing and Touch ID (fingerprint sensor) to colors, Tim Cook, Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi hit all of the anticipated iPhone 5S high notes. As always, the details are both intriguing and there is a lot to pour over — step inside.
“iPhone 5s is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, delivering desktop class architecture in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5s sets a new standard for smartphones, packed into its beautiful and refined design are breakthrough features that really matter to people, like Touch ID, a simple and secure way to unlock your phone with just a touch of your finger.”
• Radically improved camera
— 8 megapixel (larger pixels to capture more light) iSight camera with True Tone flash
— Larger f/2.2 aperture and new sensor with 1.5µ pixels for better sensitivity, low-light performance
• Touch ID™ fingerprint sensor for unlocking and secure purchasing
— iTunes Store, App Store or iBooks Store
• 64-bit A7 processor
— M7 motion coprocessor that monitors/controls the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work (improved battery)
• Three colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray
• iOS 7 with new Control Center, AirDrop and iTunes Radio, as well as improved Notification Center, Multitasking, Photos, Safari and Siri.
— See also: What’s New in iOS 7
• See also: Apple Announces iPhone 5s—The Most Forward-Thinking Smartphone in the World
Unlike the the iPhone 5C (Friday the 13th), the iPhone 5S cannot be pre-ordered and will be available both in-store and for online purchase on Friday, September 20 (US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK).
Yes, China gets the iPhone 5S day and date along with the US, etc — a major play for Apple.
Source: Ars Technica and other sources