The iPhone 5 and its black and white casings are long (as of Tuesday morning) gone. In its wake, the iPhone 5S, available in a trio of metallic shades — slate, gold, and "space gray" — is ready to have you agonizing over the age-old tech question: should you hand Apple your next paycheck for an upgrade to the latest and greatest?
If you never moved up to the iPhone 5, there's still hope — you may not have to stand in an Apple Store line after all. With iOS 7 launching Sept. 18, the iPhone 4S, still in Apple's good graces and free under contract with a mobile provider, could be the phone you wanted after all — plus it's still compatible with all your 30-pin dock accessories.
The defining features of the iPhone 5S are, arguably, its fast new 64-bit A7 processor, fingerprint recognition, and cool, though not life-changing, camera add-ons including a dual flash to avoid harsh lighting as well as slo-mo video capabilities. If you're looking for the 2013 Apple experience, it's iOS 7 you seek.
Available Sept. 18 for iPhone 4 and up, the iOS 7 mobile software will have your phone feeling like a brand-new golden device, even if it's still stuck in a glossy white time warp. The camera app will have built-in filters and a square camera mode perfect for Instagram. A new Notification Center offers the day's agenda all at once, as well as weather and traffic all from the lock screen. Siri ups its brain power with a new male voice option and the ability to search Twitter and Wikipedia.
If you don't want to break the bank, and you don't need a faster processor for gaming marathons, an iPhone 4S with contract is the dirt cheap free option you want. It may not be a glittering gold 5S, but iOS 7 will have you on a nearly level playing field as those gilded devices.
Read on to compare the full specs of the iPhone 5S and 4S.
|iPhone 5S||iPhone 4S|
|Price||16GB, $199 with contract, $649 unlocked; 32GB, $299 with contract, $749 unlocked; 64GB $399 with contract, $849 unlocked||8GB, free with contract or unlocked for $450|
|Colors||Silver, space gray, gold||Black, white|
|Weight||3.95 ounces||4.9 ounces|
|Size||4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches||4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches|
|Processor||64-bit A7 chip, M7 motion processor||32-bit A5 chip|
|Display||4-inch Retina, 1136 x 640 pixels, 326 ppi||3.5-inch Retina, 960 x 640 pixels, 326 ppi|
|Camera||Rear: 8MP with 1.5µ pixels, Dual LED flash, Front: 1.2MP||Rear: 8MP, Front: lo-res VGA|
|Battery||10-hour talk time on 3G; up to 250 standby hours; up to 8 hours 3G Internet use||8-hour talk time on 3G; up to 200 standby hours; up to 6 hours 3G Internet use|