Apple Announces iPhone 5S

by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2013 1:33 PM EST
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  • orthancstone - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Even though the announcement of the 5c pricing made it obvious the 5s would start at 16GB, I still think it makes no sense at all.

    You first introduced 16GB in June of 2011, Apple. Time to up the storage on your premium device!
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  • kyuu - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    But then how would they collect that extra $100 for $5 worth of NAND? Reply
  • steven75 - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Funny how Google was still on 8 GB base storage (even on devices with no SD slot) until just recently yet the resident Google fans still try to claim Apple is the one overcharging! Reply
  • sgupt - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Don't be dense. Google was charging $299 and then $199 OFF CONTRACT for an 8GB Nexus 4. Reply
  • Impulses - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    I'm a big Android fan and I think both are equally stingy when it comes to NAND, everyone is tbh... Who's selling a 64GB phone for $200? In Google's defense tho, the next step up in situate is usually only $50 (whether it's for a Nexus phone or tablet) and most Android devices can easily access external storage (USB OTG)... Ironically, the Nexus 4 is one of the few current or last gen phones with no USB OTG support (technical issue, wasn't by design I don't think, it works on the newer tablet). Reply
  • solipsism - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - link

    So what you're saying — even though you don't realize you're saying it — is that they should charge $850 for the 64GB model, $845 for the 32GB model, and $840 for the 16GB model. Of course you'll say that it should go the other way but let's remember that Apple is a for-profit company that has figured out what the best prices are to get a certain average margin, which means your scenario is just wouldn't cut it. In fact, the one you secretly suggest doesn't cut it either has restricts too many buyers except those willing to buy the 64GB model. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - link

    +1 Reply
  • LarsBars - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Anand and Brian, can you confirm if there is wireless charging or NFC? Reply
  • kappa - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    I don't think they are every going to use the current type of NFC solution, which would be a waster of effort and investment. Bluetooth low energy (is that what it is called now?) is their NFC solution. Wait for 802.11ah for NFC to truly take off. Reply
  • Impulses - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Why would NFC be a waste? I'm already using it with my camera pretty frequently, it's handy. Reply
  • kappa - Thursday, September 12, 2013 - link

    Because existing NFC is a dead end technology. NFC use cases will be supported by BLE and 802.11ah. Reply
  • meacupla - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    and I want an iphone 5S or 5C over, say a nexus 4, because? Reply
  • KoolAidMan1 - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - link

    Faster hardware, better software, longer battery life, LTE, the list goes on Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - link

    ... because it's got that magic i in front of it, making it poop rainbows or so, I've heard! Reply
  • xyn081s - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - link

    Anandtech is so obviously biased lately it's ridiculous - at least 10 articles about new iphone on 1st day, yet there is ONE "article" about Samsung Note 3 in 6 days and S4 only has Part 1 of the review... ZERO articles about Sony Experia Z1 or Experia Z Ultra, LG G Pad ??? This used to be the site I go to religiously every day to read and learn about new stuff about everything, non-biased, now ? Type in Sony in search results and in 3rd place is a review of MacBook Air??? I don't mind reading articles about Apple products now and then, but this is becoming just another Apple-centric site. Reply
  • TheRealAnalogkid - Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - link

    Regarding the "Apple-centric site" jab...the level of commentary reflects the sales as far as I see. Anandtech is one of the few sites that you can go to for the details on tech.

    I'm seriously excited about MS buying Nokia and building a solid competitor to the iPhone; I'm looking at the Nokia 1020 for the camera ability but still wanting the iPhones' capabilities. Hopefully MS does great things with mobile; it's their next huge market for the taking.
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  • xyn081s - Thursday, September 12, 2013 - link

    So, S4 or Note phones or Android phones for the matter, are not selling?? The last time I heard, android has the majority of the market.
    Yes, Anandtech is one of the few sites that you can get details on the tech, but I would like to get those same details on other phones as well. Unfinished s4 review and barely a mention of Note 3, 2 of the flagship android phones, don't cut it.
    I'm not an android fanboy. I also hope that MS steps up and becomes a real competitor to the other OSs. Competition is only good. But what iphone's capabilities don't WP phones have except for apps?
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