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iPhone 5s breaks the speed limit

Improvements to Apple's iPhone 5s include camera, processor, security settings and battery life. Its cousin, the less-expensive 5c, has fewer features, but comes in more colors than previous iPhone models.
BY GEORGE LANG glang@opubco.com Modified: September 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: September 23, 2013
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/articleid/3885675/1/pictures/2219271">Photo - A customer examines a new iPhone 5s at the Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, Neb., on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, the day the new iPhone 5c and 5s models go on sale. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ORG XMIT: NENH102
A customer examines a new iPhone 5s at the Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, Neb., on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, the day the new iPhone 5c and 5s models go on sale. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ORG XMIT: NENH102

But because iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s are just days old at this point, most apps are not yet optimized for the new phone, which means that users will likely see considerable improvements once software developers begin creating versions that take advantage of iOS 7's architecture and the A7's quick thinking. This is, of course, the great unknown, but app developers are usually fast to respond to new operating systems.

Lacking ‘sexy' appeal?

Now, the great discussion since the announcement of both the 5s and its candy-colored, less-expensive cousin, the 5c, has surrounded whether the iPhone 5s is worth it and whether Apple is still innovating and creating exciting new products. Improved performance across the board is what matters, but many people wanted something “sexy” — a bigger screen and/or a totally new design are the things that make industry analysts get excited. Plus, the absence of such physical changes can make a lot of people defer their new phone purchase until 2014, when Apple will likely make those expected changed with the iPhone 6.

Still, if it is time to upgrade, iPhone 5s plays hard and works hard. The speed limit has just been raised.


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