iPhone 5S Hardware and Software Features

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S. image copyright Apple Inc.

The iPhone 5S was Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone in 2013, though it was also the last iPhone with a 4-inch screen, once the iPhone 6 series was announced.

The 5S follows Apple's standard pattern of iPhone releases: The first model with a new number (iPhone 4, iPhone 5) introduces major new features and designs, while the revision of that major-number model (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S) adds useful, but not revolutionary, features and improvements.


The 5S broke slightly from that pattern by adding key features such as a 64-bit processor, an integrated fingerprint scanner, and a substantially upgraded camera.

iPhone 5S Hardware Features

Some of the most significant new features in the iPhone 5S are:

  • Apple A7 processor, which is the first 64-bit chip in a smartphone and faster than the A6 that powered the iPhone 5
  • The M7 motion co-processor, which measures data from motion, accelerometer, compass, and more to enable new kinds of apps and contextual awareness
  • Upgraded camera that produces more realistic photos and can take slow-motion video
  • Touch ID fingerprint scanner built into Home button for use with security and instead of entering passwords.

Other elements of the phone are the same as on the iPhone 5, including the 4-inch Retina Display screen, 4G LTE networking, 802.11n Wi-Fi, panoramic photos, and the Lightning connector. Standard iPhone features such as FaceTime, A-GPS, Bluetooth, and audio and video, are all present, too.


Like previous models, the iPhone 5S has two cameras, one on its back and the other facing the user for FaceTime video chats. The cameras on the 5S capture photos and videos at the same resolutions as the iPhone 5, but offer under-the-hood improvements designed to lead to better photos, including:

  • A larger aperture and image sensor
  • Dual-flash LEDs for improved color fidelity
  • Automatic image stabilization
  • The camera takes multiple photos, analyzes them, and provides the one that's truest to life
  • Burst mode, up to 10 photos per second
  • Slow-motion video recording at 120 frames/second in 720p HD.

iPhone 5S Software Features

Significant software features that debuted with the 5S, thanks to iOS 7, include:

  • iTunes Radio
  • Control Center
  • AirDrop
  • Updated Camera and Photos apps
  • FaceTime Audio

Capacity and Price

When purchased with a two-year contract from a phone company, the iPhone 5S capacity and prices are:
16GB - US$199
32GB - US$299
64GB - US$399

Battery Life

Talk: 10 hours on 3G
Internet: 10 hours on 4G LTE, 8 hours on 3G, 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Video: 10 hours
Audio: 40 hours

U.S. Carriers

and other smaller, regional and pre-paid carriers



Size and Weight

4.87 inches tall by 2.31 inches wide by 0.30 inches deep
Weight: 3.95 ounces


Release date: Sept. 20, 2013, in

The phone will be available in 100 countries by Dec. 2013.

Discontinued: March 21, 2016

Previous Models

Starting with the iPhone 4S, Apple established a pattern of keeping its older models for sale, but at reduced prices.

For instance, when the iPhone 5 was released the 4S and 4 were still available, for $99 and free (both with two-year contracts), respectively.

Thanks to the release of the iPhone 5C at the same time as the 5S, that pattern has changed. Now, the 8GB iPhone 4S will be available for free when purchased with a two-year contract.

Also Known As: 7th generation iPhone, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6G

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