So the Apple iPhone 5s has apparently started going into full production according to a Chinese source. “Confirmed” specs for the iPhone 5s are pretty much a culmination of rumors from the last few months.

  • Faster dual-core processor
    For anyone who starts on about quad core nonsense, android NEEDS those cores thanks to a java layer.  Anyone who knows java know how cpu intensive things get.  Also is it not better to get 100% optimised apps for a dual core than poorly optimised apps that just run fast thanks to a beefy cpu (back to the PC era then).Before posting how disapointing how a dual core is, take a look at the whole package, quad core graphics, better screen, faster cpu and more ram.  The total of which is greater than the sum of it’s parts.
  • PowerVR SGX554MP4 quad-core GPU
    Up on the iPhone 5 tri-core offering.
  • 4-inch (1136 x 640) IGZO display, 326 ppi
  • 12 MP rear camera, dual-LED flash
  • NFC, LTE Advanced Network Support
  • Fingerprint-Recognition
    Is fingerprint recognition really needed now what with Keychain in the cloud?  Unless Apple have a way to scan my finger in a moment this feels like a wasted rumour
  • Apple iOS 7

Apple are well known for their engineering prowess and so a dual core cpu (again) shouldn’t be scorned up. More cores don’t always make for a faster experience on the phone and lest we forget, Apple design their own chips and have never played the numbers game in terms of speed / spec bragging rights.

Helping things along instead of more cores is the PowerVR SGX554MP4 quad-core GPU, up from the previous tri core offering, comes as no surprise given how intensive iOS 7 looks to be with graphics.

Relatively unknown in this puzzle is Sharp’s IGZO screen that maintains a retina display but with less of a power overhead.

Put in 2gb of ram which developers have long since been asking for, mix with just how well apps are coded for the iPhone and suddenly when you put all the bits together it’s a tempting upgrade.

The iPhone 5S will finally introduce the new (standard) NFC hardware support, handy for those who don’t have the plastic NFC card some banks provide. In reality NFC on a phone doesn’t solve a problem for me personally. I still have to get my phone out, make sure it’s on (tested on Nexus 4), wait for the till assistant in McDonalds to press a button to allow NFC payments and then it goes through. Time saved = minimal.

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