Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5: Spec comparison

Following months of speculation and gossip, the iPhone 5S has officially landed. At tonight's gathering in California, CEO Tim Cook and co pulled the covers off the company's latest flagship offering, alongside the (slightly) cheaper and colourful iPhone 5C.

It's tough to believe that the iPhone 5 made its big entrance a whole year ago, but the time has come to match it up against its replacement. So putting the 5C aside for now, here's a first glance at how the new high-end iPhone 5S improves on its iPhone 5 predecessor.

Upon launch last September, the iPhone 5 was evidently a strong handset, and this was confirmed by its performance. However, apart from a few design modifications, most of us didn't think it represented as big a step up from the 4S as we were anticipating. Yet as we noted in our review at the time, the "familiarity is one of the iPhone's strengths, not a weakness."

However, while the iPhone 5 is still an excellent device, there's no doubt that Apple's competition has improved significantly. The 12 months that have passed between the last iPhone launch and now have seen the unveiling of major players including the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z1 just last week; all of which would have caused ripples of concern at Cupertino.

This, combined with recent reports suggesting Cook has lost the belief of his company's board, a general lack of major Apple releases of late, and the iPhone's apparent failure to capture the enthusiasm of the Chinese market, means that the company is crying out for some kind of lift.

The iPhone 5S (above, left) is supposed to provide just that - complete with a dramatically different-looking iOS 7 and a fingerprint sensor as well as a number of other enhancements, particularly in the photographic department. But assessing the the hard facts on paper, just how much of an upgrade to the iPhone 5 (above, right) is this new mobile?

Apple has kept its cards typically close to its chest regarding some of the new model's specifications, but we've gathered all the confirmed details currently out there to construct our iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 spec comparison below. Of course, it'll be the look, feel and performance of the 5S in the flesh that will determine just how much Apple has improved things, so stay tuned for the hands-on analysis and all-important review to come.

In the meantime, many readers may want to check out our piece on UK pricing and release date details for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, which features everything you need to know about getting your paws on Apple's new handsets - and how much it will set you back.

iPhone 5

iPhone 5S

Display

Screen size

4in

4in

Resolution

1,136 x 640 pixels

1,136 x 640 pixels

Pixel density

326 PPI

326 PPI

Type

IPS LCD

IPS LCD

Processor and battery

Family

Apple A6

Apple A7

CPU

Swift (ARMv7s)

TBC

Cores

Dual-core

TBC

Clock speed

1.3GHz

TBC

Battery

1,440 mAh

1,440 mAh

Claimed 3G talk time

Up to 8 hours

Up to 10 hours

Storage and memory

RAM

1GB

TBC

Internal storage

16GB / 32GB / 64GB

16GB / 32GB / 64GB

microSD

No

No

Camera

Rear

8-megapixel

8-megapixel

Video

1080 @ 30fps

1080 @ 30fps

Front

1.2-megapixel

1.2-megapixel

Wireless

Standard

4G LTE

4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a / b / g / n

802.11 a / b / g / n

NFC

No

No

Bluetooth

V4.0

V4.0

Integrated wireless charging

No

No

Dimensions

Size

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm

Weight

112g

112g

Operating System

iOS 6

iOS 7

Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)

£529 (16GB) / £599 (32GB) / £699 (64GB)

£549 (16GB) / £629 (32GB) / £709 (64GB)

Availability

Discontinued by Apple

20 September

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