Posts Tagged ‘iPhone 5S’

The Galaxy S5, which Samsung announced all the way back in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is finally upon us, and while many early adopters will be flocking to stores today in order to pick up their very own unit, many consumers remain undecided. Those in search of a high-end handset will likely be weighing their prospective Galaxy S5 purchase up against other devices on the market, such as Apple’s iPhone 5s, and to help ease the decision-making process, a new, real-world speed test has emerged that pits Samsung’s latest and greatest up against the coveted iPhone 5s.

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It’s fair to say that the mobile industry gets a little bit carried away with raw specs than is actually necessary. After all, the fact that vendors keep chucking in new, improved processors of multiple cores doesn’t necessarily equate to significantly better performance, particularly if the software isn’t optimized to make the most of the power at its disposal.

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The introduction of the iPhone 5s during the final quarter of 2013 marked a significant hardware change in the mobile industry. Not only was the 5s the first consumer facing smartphone to introduce 64-bit architecture with the A7 chipset, but it was also the first publicly available smartphone to implement fingerprint scanning technology thanks to Touch ID. It’s highly likely that biometric based detection and authentication will become increasingly popular over the next few years, with manufacturers coming up with their own unique uses. On the subject of biometrics, a new comparison video from Tanner Marsh gives a fairly comprehensive overview of fingerprint detection on what are arguably the market’s two most powerful smartphones: the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5.

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Since its announcement at Mobile World Congress in February, we’ve seen the Galaxy S5 compared with several of the market’s foremost devices, including the all-new HTC One M8 and of course, the Galaxy S4. But while it mightn’t compare to Samsung’s show-piece in terms of size, Apple’s iPhone 5s knows how to compete at the very top end of the market, and as such, a lengthy comparison clip has emerged showing how the Galaxy S5 holds up against it’s bitter rival’s flagship.

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The iDevice community is still adjusting to the new iOS 7.1 software, and although the recently-dropped update isn’t a landmark release by any stretch of the imagination, it’s still the most significant bump that Apple has made since iOS 7.0 arrived back in September. As well as the more notable enhancements made to features like Siri and iTunes Radio – allied to the introduction of CarPlay – there have been several other minor tweaks applied, but in addition, there have also been one or two teething problems. Some iPhone 5s users, for example, have encountered troubles in using Touch ID, and if you’re one of them, we’ve got a little tutorial to help you overcome them.

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The iPhone 5s, as is often the case with new iPhone releases, brought with it a bunch of new and exciting features, including Touch ID, gold color configuration, and a 64-bit processor – the first to be found within a smartphone. Allied to the new A7 SoC was the M7 motion coprocessor, and not only did this pave the way for more advanced fitness and motion-related apps, but took the strain off the standard CPU while also conserving battery. But the M7 coprocessor may be even more powerful than we first imagined, with one Redittor having discovered that it tracked his movements for days, despite the device seemingly dead through lack of power.

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The Touch ID feature of the iPhone 5s has proved hugely successful so far. Sure, the introduction of the gold model of Apple’s latest and greatest probably upstaged the new fingerprint sensor, but in offering better security while also adding to the perceived “cool” factor of the iconic handset, Touch ID has certainly gone down well. According to the guys over at AppleInsider, the Cupertino company is set to step up the feature’s functionality by means of a forthcoming software update, which will render Touch ID better able to recognize fingerprints whilst also taking care of a “fade” issue that has hit some users.

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The maker of the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV has updated its iOS Security document to include intricate, detailed information pertaining to the Touch ID sensor that is found on the iPhone 5s. The launch of the iPhone 5s, along with the ability to authenticate and access the device using biometric detection, brought with it a myriad of questions and concerns from the security conscious. Apple hopes that the updated PDF document will answer a few of those outstanding concerns.

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People have been claiming for a while that Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone 5s, suffers from battery issues, which is not really just limited to fast battery drains. Thanks to the Internet, all sorts of reports keep piling up, and whether you believe them or not is entirely your call, but apparently, an iPhone 5s owner had the misfortune of having his iPhone 5s’ battery inflate, expand and burst into flames spontaneously, filling his entire home with smoke! Now that’s tragic!

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Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone, the iPhone 5s, has brought with it a host of new and exciting features. The A7 processor is backed up by 64-bit architecture, and with a dual-LED True Tone flash to accompany the improved rear-facing camera, the handset has been the subject of much acclaim. But aside from the gold model, which prompted an incredible response, the main talking point has been that mysterious Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Beefing up security, it has slotted into the iPhone repertoire rather nicely, but with the recent work of Evad3rs, what could the jailbreak community do with this new technology? Here, we survey some of the best Touch ID-related tweaks for the iPhone 5s.

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The hit game Flappy Bird was abruptly pulled from the App Store and Google Play over the weekend, with the developer behind the popular title seemingly unable to handle the sudden wave of media attention. At this point in time, it looks very much as though the game isn’t coming back, and naturally, some have sought to capitalize on this fact. They say you can get just about anything on eBay, and they weren’t wrong; selling for a higher-than-usual price, you can pick up an iPhone 5s in Space Gray – with Flappy Bird installed.

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Apple products have a reputation for retaining their value much better than rivaling devices made by other companies. The fact that the iPhone doesn’t seem to depreciate nearly as much as the likes of the Samsung Galaxies and Lumias of the world means that purchasing a smartphone bearing that famous bitten-Apple logo accounts to a shrewd long-term investment. And as the cost price of an Apple iPhone can vary largely depending on whereabouts you happen to reside, the device is starting to become its very own form of currency.

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Such is the sheer number of iOS themes that pass through Cydia on a daily basis, that it would be nigh-on impossible to maintain coverage of all of them. However, every now and then, one particular theme catches our eye, and not only is Anode, by designer John Holmes, a very beautiful theme that covers an extensive amount of the iOS interface in general, but it has also been designed to nicely compliment each of the three iPhone 5s color options.

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Last week, it was revealed that the Apple Mac had turned thirty. Apple executive Phil Schiller was clearly buoyed by the news after tweeting about the milestone, and the celebratory mood spilled over across the company as a video was released to mark the third decade of one of the digital industry’s most iconic products. Not content with that, Apple has now rolled out a video showing the magic of the Mac when combined with its partner-in-crime – the iPhone 5s. The clip is filmed on the handset, edited on the Mac, and the result – a truly organic, Apple-made movie. Check it out after the jump!

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Apple just released iOS 7.0.5 download links for select devices. This update is currently only available for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and corrects network provisioning for models that are sold in China.

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The Apple iPhone is renowned for its high-end build quality, and as such, many regard it among the benchmark products in the premium handset market. With all that anodized aluminum loveliness, it stands to reason that owners want to protect it as much as possible, and the new Moshi SenseCover, which is built for the iPhone 5 and the all-new iPhone 5s, does exactly that. Not only does it operate much like a smart cover in that it protects your display when not in use, but it the precision-carved letterbox slot lets you see who’s calling and answer their call without actually opening the case.

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Market research in the mobile industry offers some fascinating insight into how we use our beloved smartphones and tablets. Research firm JDSU has been analyzing the data usage habits of mobile device owners, and rather interestingly, has discovered that those wielding the latest and greatest Apple handset – the iPhone 5s – consume more data than those in ownership of any other smartphone or slab currently on the market.

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Apple may have enjoyed a successful 2013 with the iPhone 5s in particular, smashing first-weekend sales records for a smartphone, but even with the impressive number of units shifted, the Cupertino company only has to look at BlackBerry or Nokia for a reminder of where complacency can lead. Thus, with the dust having settled on that major smartphone release, Tim Cook’s men are out to discover how iPhone buyers feel about their purchase, specific features like Touch ID, as well as rivaling products like Android. Taking the form of a rather long survey, it looks as though the fruit company is seeking thorough, enlightening feedback in its quest for an even more fruitful 2014.

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When Apple announced the iPhone 5s last September, one of the features that it made quite a fuss about was the new phone’s ability to record slow motion video.

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As soon as iOS 7 was jailbroken, Cydia was opened up to the inevitable plethora of iPhone 5s-only tweaks. By that, we obviously mean tweaks that use the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID fingerprint sensing system, and with it being such a prominent feature it was really only a matter of time before jailbreak developers started to use it in some interesting ways.

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