iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S, it’s the battle of the Apple smartphones. Wondering what the key differences are between the two? We square up the specs of the new iPhones to find out.
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C - Video
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C – DesigniPhone 5S – Hard coated polycarbonate
iPhone 5C – High grade aluminium
The iPhone 5C is essentially a colourful iPhone 5 and comes in green, yellow, blue, white and pink shades. The design has been largely been kept in line with the previous flagship, but the materials being used to make it are where things differ.
Apple has created a smartphone where the back and sides are one with no seams. Made from a hard coated polycarbonate material, it's got a steel reinforced inside that acts as the antenna. It measures 8.97mm thick and weighs 132g, making it thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 5S on the other hand is a more premium affair made from high grade aluminium and will be available in gold, silver and space grey colours. The iPhone 5S is even thinner at 7.6mm and weighs less than both the 5C and the 4S at 122g.
All ports and buttons are in their usual place, but the most drastic design change is the introduction of the fingerprint scanner we now know is called Touch ID. Built into the home button, the Sapphire crystal acts as a lens that can take a picture of your finger and analyse the data from it.
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C – ScreeniPhone 5S – 4-inch Retina display
iPhone 5C – 4-inch Retina display
In the screen department the iPhone 5S and the 5C will both feature the same Retina display found on the iPhone 5. Both offer the same 326 ppi as the 4S, but have an improved 1,136x 640 pixel resolution. To put that into perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S4 musters up a Full HD 1,920 x 1080p display.
Both displays feature a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating to keep smudges down to a minimum.
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C – CameraiPhone 5S – 8-megapixel camera
iPhone 5C - 8-megapixel camera
Both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C feature 8-megapixel main cameras and Facetime (front-facing) cameras with a 1.2-megapixel sensor and a 1,280 x 960 image resolution. In large, they share the same features from the sapphire crystal lens cover, backside illumination sensor, digital image stabilization, panorama, autofocus, tap to focus, face detection and photo geotagging.
There are some snapping advantages the iPhone 5S has over the iPhone 5C. It has a f/2.2 aperture compared to the f/2.4 aperture letting more lighting for snaps. The 5S also has a sensor area that's 15% larger than the 5 and 5C.
The 5S also has the new Burst mode where if you hold the shutter down you can snap 10 frames per second making it handy for action shots.
With the help of the new A7 processor, you can also pick out the best shots post burst shooting. The 5S also benefits from the inclusion of a new True Tone flash that uses a white and amber flash (and some software processing) to balance colours better when using the flash.
In the filming department, you can expect a 1080p Full HD video recording at 30fps, video stabilisation, a 3x zoom, video geotagging, face detection and like most smartphones these days the ability to shoot photo and video at the same time. There's a new slow motion mode shooting at 120fps offering the ability to go into video to choose which bits you want as fast or slow footage.
Both will of course benefit from the new camera changes introduced in iOS 7. The new camera app offers far more features than the stripped-back app of iOS 6. New additions include active filters for Instagram-style effects. You can also take square photos – perfect for Facebook profile portraits. iOS 7 will also automatically set white balance, exposure levels, and autofocus matrix metering.
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C – Software and FeaturesiPhone 5S – iOS 7, Touch ID
iPhone 5C – iOS 7
Much rumoured ahead of the launch, Apple has introduced a fingerprint scanner it's calling Touch ID and it's just for the iPhone 5S. Built into the Home button, the sensor can detect your finger on the button so you don't even have to press it.
It can be used for multiple fingerprints and can be used to replace typing in a passcode and making purchases on iTunes simply by using fingerprint authentication. Data is never stored on Apple servers or backed up in iCloud, in case you are worried about the information falling into the wrong hands. Touch ID is deeply rooted into iOS 7, which we will move onto next.
iOS 7 is of course big news and will be the most re-designed version of the operating system since the original iPhone launched. Among the things you can expect are the new parallax effect on wallpapers, Control Centre and new ring tones. It’s set to launch to launch on September 18th and will additionally be available for iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPad Mini and the 5th generation iPod Touch
It’s good news for iWork fans as well as iMovies, Pages, iPhoto apps will be free on all new iOS devices. So that's for any new iPad, new iPhone or 5th generation iPod Touch.
As for the iPhone 5C? Well, it comes in different colours, but that's about the only notable feature that set the two apart.
Read more: iOS 7 tips and tricks
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C – CPUiPhone 5S - A7 Chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion processor
iPhone 5C - A6 Chip
The iPhone 5C will be powered by the same A6 chip nestled inside the iPhone 5, but it's the iPhone 5S innards where things get really interesting. Moving from a 32-bit ARMv7 architecture to 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, the A7 CPU is twice as the fast the A6 and will run OpenGLES 3.0 recently announced in Android 4.3 to deliver more graphically impressive games.
Apple has also introduced a new M7 motion co-processor making the iPhone 5S better suited to tracking fitness and health apps. The M7 measures motion data continuously using the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass support. A new CoreMotion API can also identify user movement and optimizations based on contextual awareness.
One of the first apps to embrace the new M7 processor will be Nike Move. Here you'll be able to track activities using GPS and the M7 chip.
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C – ConnectivityiPhone 5S – Bluetooth 4.0, 4G and GPS
iPhone 5C - Bluetooth 4.0, 4G and GPS
Both phones have the basics – GPS, Bluetooth (with Bluetooth 4.0), Wi-Fi, 3G and even 4G. NFC is still missing but it's clear that Apple doesn't feel the immediate need to pack into its smartphones. Both as expected use Nano-SIMs and support the new Lightning dock charging connector. On the 4G front both the iPhone 5S and the 5C will be available on Vodafone, EE and O2 networks.
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C – Storage and Batttery LifeiPhone 5S – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, non-expandable
iPhone 5C - 16GB, 32GB, non-expandable
One of the big questions prior to the announcement was whether we would see a 128GB iPhone. Disappointingly, it was not to be. So for the iPhone 5S models go up to 64GB like the iPhone 5, while the 5C goes up to 32GB.
In the battery department, Apple claims the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S match each other in the power stakes. You can expect 10 hours of battery life over 3G, 10 hours over LTE, 40 hours of music playback and a 250 hour standby time. In comparison to the iPhone 4S, that's two hours up on 3G, an hour up on Wi-Fi and 50 extra hours of standby.
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C - Prices and release dateiPhone 5S – From £549 (Out 20th September)
iPhone 5C - From £469 (Out 20th September)
So here's the important part, how much the new iPhones will cost. First up, the iPhone 5S starts at £549 (16GB), £629 (32GB) and £709 (64GB). The iPhone 5C prices start at £469 (16GB) and £549 (32GB). Saving you from doing the maths, prices have gone up £20 each step in storage.
So there you have it. The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. One replaces the iPhone 5 and comes in lots of different colours. The other has a more premium aluminium design, a new CPU, a great new camera and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Until we get our hands-on them we wont know how much difference those new A7 and M7 chips make.
The so called 'cheaper' iPhone is not that much cheaper than the 5S, but the cameras are not drastically different and we are unsure about the gold and silver shades on the 5S. At this point of time we are going to stick our neck out and go for the iPhone 5C. There wasn't a great deal wrong with the iPhone 5 and the new addition of iOS 7 will make its replacement the 5C still one of the best smartphones around.
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