5s is unveiled

As fans of all things digital and the unveiling of new technology, there was much excitement here at Skout HQ as we eagerly waited to see what the iPhone 5S has in store for us.

Apple launched its latest handset this week and available from December just in time for Christmas, the new 5S is similar in looks to its predecessor the iPhone 5 but will be available in a range of colours.

It’s got a new 64-bit A7 chip too which, Apple claims will make its performance and graphics twice as fast as the iPhone 5. The new architecture has support for OpenGL ES version 3.0 which will help deliver better graphics. The new version will also feature an M7 motion coprocessor – a motion sensing chip that will come in handy with fitness apps.

One of its cleverest new features is a fingerprint sensor called ‘Touch ID.’ A single of multiple users will be able to load their fingerprints on to the device, replacing the need for a four-digit passcode and providing a more secure way to buy apps.

Apple also claims the new phones’ 8-megapixel camera is also much improved. Burst mode allows the iSight camera to capture images at 10fps, while slow-motion is finally available, capturing 720p video at 120fps.

Rumoured to be a cheaper handset than previous models, this doesn’t look to be the case with the suggested retail price for the 16GB model at £549, while the 16GB and 32GB versions are priced at £629 and £709 respectively.

So, will the 5S feature on your list for Santa this year? Let us know if you’re names already on the pre-order list or if you think you’ll stick with your current handset.

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