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Apple unveils the iPhone 5S

The new flagship Apple smartphone is here with higher specs than ever

Apple's new iPhone is here at last. As expected, the company's event in Cupertino California was mostly about the launch of the new flagship iPhone 5S.

The handset will have the iPhone standard 4-inch Retina display, but also feature an A7 processor (the first 64-bit smartphone processor), iOS 7, an 8 MP back-facing camera, a front-facing HD FaceTime camera, a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE.

The 5S will also offer exceptional battery life with up to 10 hours of web browsing on wifi or LTE, or up to 10 hours of talk time. Apple promises a huge improvement in performance over the previous generation, with the A7 processor offering twice the speed of the iPhone 5's A6. The camera has also been significantly boosted with a larger sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, Burst Mode, and a True Tone variable intensity flash.

The iPhone 5S will be available in silver, gold, or grey. Prices start at US$199 for the 16 GB model and go up to US$399 for the 64 GB model. A range of leather cases will also be available for US$39. Pre-orders open on September 13th and phones are expected to start shipping on September 20th.

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Craig Munro, 2013-09-10 (Update: 2013-09-10)