Overview of the iPhone 5

When the iPhone 5 was released on September 12, 2012, it seemed to be business as usual: the smartphone’s continued dominance in the smartphone market. However, when consumers and reviewers began to react unfavorably to certain hardware issues and components, Apple eventually responded with a discontinuation of the product. In its place, the manufacturer released two versions of the iPhone 5 a year later, the first time this had ever happened. They were named the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The 5S is the higher-end variant, while the 5C is the lower-end version.

New features and specs on the iPhone 5S include an updated camera with larger aperture; a dual-LED flash optimized for different color temperatures; and Touch ID, which is a fingerprint recognition system for unlocking the device and authenticating App Store and iTunes Store purchases. Also, the iPhone 5S is the first Apple device to feature the A7 dual-core processor. With a speed of 1.3 GHz, it is the first 64-bit processor on a smartphone, and it is accompanied by a motion co-processor known as the M7. Although the iPhone 5C has none of the aforementioned features, it does have a 1.3 GHz A6 dual-core processor with its own motion co-processor. Together, the 5S and the 5C were the first Apple devices to come pre-installed with the iOS 7 operating system.

At 4.87 inches long, 2.31 inches wide, and 0.30 inches thin, the iPhone 5S is shorter, narrower, and thinner than the 5C. Also, the 5S weighs 3.95 ounces, while the 5C is much heavier at 4.66 ounces. The LED-backlit in-panel switching (IPS) LCD touchscreen on each device is four inches diagonally, with a resolution of 640 by 1,136 pixels. Graphics are handled by the quad-core PowerVR G6430 GPU on the 5S and the more subdued three-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 on the 5C.

The random-access memory on the iPhone is 1 GB, although the flash memory configurations differ. The 5S offers 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB of data storage. On the other hand, the 5C offers 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB.

For taking pictures and video recording, the phones each have two cameras. The primary, rear-facing one is rated at 8 megapixels (MP); and the secondary, front-facing one—which is used for FaceTime—is rated at 2.1 MP. However, the sensor size on the 5S’s primary camera is 0.33 inches, while the one on the 5C is smaller, at 0.3125 inches.

On each iPhone is a non-removable lithium-polymer battery rated at 1,560 mAh on the 5S and 1,510 mAh on the 5C. However, they provide the same amount of peak stand-by time, talk time, and continuous music play: at 250 hours, 10 hours, and 40 hours, respectively.

While the iPhone 5S uses an aluminum composite frame, the iPhone 5C relies on a hard-coated polycarbonate casing. Available color finishes are Space Grey, White/Silver, and Gold on the 5S. For the 5C, there are five color choices: white, blue, green, yellow, and pink.