Today at a media event, Apple announced the long rumoured “iPhone 5s” including a fingerprint sensor called “Touch ID.” The iPhone 5s comes in Silver, Gold, and Space Grey.

iPhone 5s, South Africa
iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s battery comes with 10 hours of 3G talk time and 250 hours of standby time.

The camera has been updated to capture better pictures by capturing multiple photos and choosing the best one along with a new flash that has two LEDs. One is cool and white, the other is warm and amber. The camera now has a new burst mode which allows you to capture 10 frames per second, to deal with the dozens of photos burst mode creates, it will analyse them in real time so it can present you with what it thinks is the best shot automatically. Another new feature is the Slo-mo option that captures HD video at 720p at 120FPS.

The iPhone 5s includes a fingerprint scanner called “Touch ID.” It can read in any orientation and is built right into the Home button. You can simply touch your home button to unlock your phone. You can also scan your fingerprint to do certain things in apps, like authenticate iTunes for buying apps. Touch ID can handle multiple fingerprints.

iPhone 5s

Pricing:  (on a two year contract) (prices in South Africa are outright)

16GB – $199 – Expected price in South Africa – R9000

32GB – $299 – Expected price in South Africa – R10 000

64GB – $399 – Expected price in South Africa – R11 000

The iPhone 5s will go on sale on 20 September in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, and Singapore. 

By the end of the year it will be available in over 100 countries. We expect the iPhone 5s to go on sale in South Africa on the 13 December.