What's right (and wrong) with the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s

Summary:Apple has lifted the lid on the new iPhone, so it's time to take a look at what's on offer and see what's right and wrong with these flagship smartphones.

(Source: Apple)

Time now to shift our gaze to the flagship iphone.

What's right with the iPhone 5s?

  • A7 processor – Twice the CPU and GPU performance compared to the iPhone 5. It also bring 64-bit support to the iPhone, which paves the way for some innovative, high-performance apps. This is a first for Apple and a really big win.
  • Better camera – Since the smartphone is most people's default camera, and the iPhone is the single most popular smartphone on the market, it makes sense for Apple to revamp the camera. This new camera can do slow-mo captures and also shoot in burst mode and grab the best photo from the bunch.
  • Touch ID – Dramatically improves security, especially in BYOD or enterprise scenarios .
  • Motion coprocessor – This is used to continually measure motion data, and opens up a whole new range of possibilities as far as fitness apps are concerned.
  • Price – Exactly the same as the iPhone 5, so no surprises there.
  • China – Both the iPhone 5c and 5s will be available in China on launch day, which is good for Chinese consumers and good for Apple.

What's wrong with the iPhone 5s?

  • No pre-order – this means you'll have to endure queues if you want it on launch day.
  • Evolutionary not revolutionary – The iPhone 5s is nice, but there's nothing groundbreaking there (barring perhaps the fingerprint sensor). What you get here is a refinement of what was on the iPhone 5. If you want revolutionary you'll have to wait until next year.
  • Fragmentation – The 64-bit processor is only available on the 5s means that developers might be reluctant to take advantage of it.
  • The 64-bit advantage – While having a 64-bit processor inside the iPhone 5s might sound cool, it is unclear at present what this will mean in real terms.
  • No 128GB version – Data pack rats are out of luck.
  • Gold version – Yuck. I know, that's a personal preference, and I'm sure it will appeal to some, but it seems like a lame addition to the lineup.

Topics: iPhone, Apple


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.