The New 5s Hardware
- New Colors - 0
- Better Camera - 1 : If your life/business revolves around taking pictures, you probably own a DSLR or high quality camera. For casual phone photos, the old camera works just fine. One could argue that the “better” photos from the true tone flash would make you happier.
- Fingerprint Sensor - 1 : It’ll save you the hassle of remembering passwords to unlock your phone and make purchases in the iTunes store, but a fingerprint is only useful as a method of identification, making the application of this hardware pretty limited. I see a worst-case scenario unfolding where the NSA starts a fingerprint database off data from the Apple servers (I write this while adjusting my tin foil hat). Update: Already Broken
- A7 Chip - 3 : An inevitable step in the CPU arms race. The 64-bit architecture will be able to support more RAM and complex applications bringing us closer to bridging the gap between smartphone and PC, but it really isn’t particularly useful at the moment with the overwhelming majority of software designed for a 32-bit CPU. Here is a very good analysis of the switch from 32 to 64-bit architecture. The GPU and CPU are apparently 2x faster than the A6 though which is always a good thing, warranting a 3.
- M7 CoProcessor - 1 : Saves you some battery life by working in tandem with the new A7 chip.
Total HARDWARE score: 6 out of 20