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iPhone 6 Features – 5 things the iPhone 5S is missing

Andrew Williams


iPhone 6 Features – 5 things the iPhone 5S is missing

The iPhone 5S has just been announced. It's a phone of classy upgrades that – for the most part – don't shout too loudly about their presence. They just make the phone that bit more pleasant to use day-to-day.

However, there are five things that the iPhone 5S is missing. And we hope Apple thinks about including them in next year's iPhone 6. Read on to find out what they are.


One of the most heavily-rumoured features of the iPhone 5S was NFC. But it is still missing from the iPhone line-up. We even thought it would be introduced with the iPhone 5 last year. But there's no sign of NFC.

But what is NFC? It's a wireless communications standard that lets two devices talk to each other over short distances. It could be used to share info between phones, for example. A more interesting application of the technology is seen on the high street. A few retailers use NFC as a payments standard.

You can buy a cup of coffee with the swipe of an NFC-enabled phones in some Starbucks stores. Its non-appearance in the iPhone 5S is a major blow for the development of this tech as a whole.

128GB internal storage

Like the iPhone 5, memory in the iPhone 5S maxes-out at 64GB. We had a feeling Apple might introduce a 128GB iPhone 5S, but it didn't.

There are several companies working on flash memory wafers small enough to let a slim phone pack in 128GB of storage, but apparently they're either not affordable or accessible enough yet. We did have some reason to foresee a 128GB iPhone too – Apple released a 128GB iPad back in early 2013.

Maybe it's for the best that Apple didn't make a 128GB iPhone 5S, though. It would be terrifyingly expensive.

A super-size camera sensor

One of the top features of the iPhone 5S is that it has a larger camera sensor than the iPhone 5. We're big believers in the idea that camera sensor size is – along with lens quality and speed – one of the key aspects of any good camera.

However, it's not exactly massive. It's 15 per cent larger than the sensor of the iPhone 5, giving the 8-megapixel camera sensor pixels that are 1.5 microns in size - a bit bigger than the 1.4 micron pixels of the last model.

This is a step in the right direction, and we have no doubts that the iPhone 5S will have a great mobile camera. But the photography pedant in us would like to see Apple take this a step further by using a 1/2.3 size sensor – the type seen in the Sony Xperia Z1.

A slightly larger screen

The iPhone 5S has a cracking screen. As with the iPhone 5, Apple has made sure its colour calibration is as good as possible, and that it makes the most of the contrast it can muster. However, now that we've used more 5-inch phones than we can count, we do think the iPhone's screen is starting to look a bit small.

Apple has only altered the iPhone 5's screen size once in the series' history – and let's not forget it has been around a while (the first iPhone was announced in 2007.)

Staying conservative with screen size helps the iPhone 5S to stay ultra-accessible, able to fit comfortably in anyone's hand (apart from a newborn baby.) However, many activities benefit from a larger screen – games, web browsing, video watching and many kinds of apps. Apple can't ignore the big-screen revolution for ever.


Apple's mobile devices have a little moisture sensor that tells Apple's Genius workers if you've accidentally dropped your phone down the toilet when you go for a repair at an Apple Store. Wouldn't it be better if the iPhone could actually withstand a bit of water?

There are several high-end phones that offer minor ruggedisation that makes them fairly water and dustproof. Most notably, there's the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Z1.

What Apple needs to work out is how to do it without ruining the iPhone 6's design. The tricky bits are the headphone jack and the Lightning port, which would both either need to be treated to block water from the insides or bunged-up with a rubberised cover. The latter isn't very 'Apple'.

Still, an iPhone we could take into the bath without worrying about killing the thing is high on our Christmas list.

In conclusion...

What we've described here is a phone that's quite different from the iPhone 5S. It's a phone with different priorities – a phone that's not afraid to rock the iPhone boat a bit. Will we see it? Apple has made its biggest changes to the iPhone when changing the phone's 'number' rather than bunging an S on the end, so it's possible. However, it demands a leap of faith we're not entirely sure Apple under Tim Cook's leadership is willing to take.

Next read our iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 comparison

Temmy Puente

September 10, 2013, 11:10 pm

I think apple is giving the running around an produce
A new phone ,every year the new phone comes with a
Minimum changes , the fact is that apple don't have yet
The technology that the other companies have like Samsung


September 10, 2013, 11:21 pm

Another pointless update! As usual there's only minor differences from the previous model. And all the hype and rumours are swapped for disappointment, I'm actually bored of apple and there un inspiring updated phones! Whilst other phones are miles ahead in tech and gadgets (S4) apple are as usual lagging behind. The only change that's interested me is iOS 7 and I will keep my iPhone 4S to try that out, but when I get a new phone it will be 100% a Samsung galaxy S4.


September 11, 2013, 12:29 am

NFC was discussed; they referred to AirDrop in the presentation. Isn't that the same thing? Also, for my needs, this is great. I need a reliable, highly integrated communication environment for my technology. Apple gives me just that.


September 11, 2013, 2:08 am

I would have liked to see wireless induction charging built in.

Pair that with NFC and an in-built magnet, and you could have magnetized docks in your car/home that automatically setup bluetooth/wifi/airplay and charged your phone at the same time.


September 11, 2013, 7:29 am

Apple has lost it's way since the passing of Steve Jobs, poor innovation, poor consumer interaction, poor strategy. Tim Cook does not have what it takes to reinvent and revitalise the brand image let alone the flagship lines...

Renil Patel

September 11, 2013, 9:09 am

Does tat samsung company of urs have a real time finger print scanner beneath the home button..


September 11, 2013, 9:10 am

Perhaps if they stopped suing all the other companies they would not have lost the colaboration that the other companies have with each other.. they have alienated themselves.. NO NFC no wireless charging.. I'm sticking with HTC one.


September 11, 2013, 9:41 am

No 128gb = No Sale. For me at least, that's a deal-breaker right there. They upped the memory on all previous "S"-model interim upgrades, so why not now? They have the chips (price not withstanding, although I am sure Apple are big enough to get massive discounts from the suppliers...).

Robert Moss

September 11, 2013, 9:43 am

I knew before I clicked this that NFC would be at the top of the list.


September 11, 2013, 9:45 am

did you even glance at this? Apple doesn't have a lot of things useful in its NEW phone. But this is purely money related strategy, I still dont get why people are too stupid to not buy it. Im an apple fan yet I feel this strategy is just pissing me off having to wait years for a decent improvement while other companies are making headway with constant improvement. Sure apple have some advantages in some areas, but other companies will catch up fast and leave apple in the dust.


September 11, 2013, 9:56 am

No, but neither does it have the risk of sending your fingerprint to NSA.


September 11, 2013, 11:41 am

And already we are talking about the Iphone 6 - Apple must be so pleased...

Imagebloke b

September 11, 2013, 1:22 pm

There is no question Apple is getting more and more behind its competitors. While Adroid isn't as smooth as iOS Android has certainly improved a great deal! Apple's lack of innovation and over conservationism will certainly be felt from now on as competitors are getting better and better. Much I like Apple, it is clear it has missed the point. What are they thinking?


September 11, 2013, 7:21 pm

You don't think the NSA knows who you are and what you're doing at all times?! Lolol! It's their job, idiot!


September 12, 2013, 2:41 am

1. NFC for data transfer : iOS7 have similar offerings like airdrop
2. NFC for payment: Highly insecure, thats why not widely adopted, at least in my country: Thats why fingerprint (Provided Apple decided to open its touch id in updates or iP6)
3. 128gb makes sense, I for once think this is the biggest letdown for ip5s.
4. Water proofing is not really an everyday requirement. Good to have thou, but rather not end-up having to cover all the ports or drive the cost up.
5. Camera should provide higher quality pictures or contrast, as oppose to higher resolution ones. Since most would already be butchered in size when sending via social sites.
6. Since Apple only have a single device every year, it make sense to keep the phone screen size as it is or very very little change, unless they make a entirely different model (like iPhone max).. else they screw with their current user base.

My own 5 wishes for ip6 would be:
1. Wifi ac (should already be in ip5s)
2. 128gb (should already be in ip5s)
3. Battery life
4. Physical Notification light
5. sensitive touch screen (So people can use even with gloves on)

Extra one more for iPad Mini..
1. gsm call / SMS feature!


September 13, 2013, 6:48 pm

The phone is too small ,dated and boring.
I use the Galaxy note 2 so many more features. I couldn't go back to an iphone .
Will be getting the note 3. Apple iphones suit the fans. I opened my eyes.

Chris H-W

September 13, 2013, 8:03 pm

There are some very interesting comments here from passionate people who really have pertinent things to say about the newly unveiled iPhone 5S. I along with them agree (for the most part) and will continue to use my basic '4' model as neither the 5 or the 5S inspire me to upgrade (especially as the price is prohibitive given the minor improvements.) So, very disappointed having looked forward to upgrading my current model after 2 years but it does a great job and deserves to be kept!

Apple beware, you really cannot afford to ignore your core users any longer.

Listen and remember where you came from lest you travel the Nokia route to oblivion.


September 15, 2013, 10:49 pm

NFC payments on Android is actually secure when using Google Wallet, you still need to unlock the app using a PIN before paying (hey, the fingerprint sensor).


September 15, 2013, 10:52 pm

Your fingerprint is not taken a picture of. It's more just unique parts of the print. http://www.businessinsider....

Hayden Searle

December 7, 2013, 6:42 pm

I could care less about a big screen. I prefer a device that fits easily into my life and lifestyle. I find the Galaxy S4 to be too big. Mind you I see it as just a phone with some added functions, and I have a laptop and tablet for anything else. Many of you probably wont remember the phone battles on the 90's where they are seeing who could get their phones the smallest, and they were terrible cheap piles of junk, now the trend is to see who has the biggest screen, fastest processor, most memory....is a damn phone! I stick with the Apple as it would cost me far too much money to rebuy my apps if I changed to anything else, and the iPhone does everything I need from a smart phone, while being small enough to fit comfortably on my arm when exercising


February 2, 2014, 1:59 am

Currently using Galaxy Note II 16bg(could not get 64gb phone early on)+64gb micro sd card and love it, Had iPhone 3gs before that also loved it. Would buy iPhone 6 in a heartbeat if it had 128gb on the device itself and a larger screen, 5 inches would be ideal not too big or small. Slightly bigger battery to give a few more hours standby would be sweet to. I love my podcasts and also stream my music collection through car, Can never have enough space and saves deleting to make room all the time!


February 2, 2014, 2:04 am

A BS feature I would never use on either Apple or Samsung devices!
Give me more gb space and bigger battery any day.

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