Australia will be the first country in the world to see Apple’s new metallic iPhone 5s, which goes on sale from Friday 20 September across all three major carriers (Optus, Telstra and Vodafone) as well as outright. Here’s what we know so far.
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As expected, the iPhone 5S comes in three colours (gold, silver and “space grey”). It uses the A7 chip and an M7 motion coprocessor, which Apple says can improve battery life. It runs iOS 7 and includes a built-in fingerprint sensor within the home button (a feature Apple has labelled Touch ID). It also sports an 8MP camera with an enhanced ‘ True Tone flash’.
[related title=”JUST THE FACTS” tag=”iphone5s5c” items=”1″]The 5S supports LTE and hence will work on all of Australia’s 4G networks. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will all be selling it, as well as Apple stores, but we don’t yet have plan pricing from any carrier. Expect that to be announced closer to 20 September.
For an outright buy, you’ll pay $869 for the 16GB model, $999 for the 32GB model and $1129 for the 64GB version.
Leather cases for the phone will be available in six colours (beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and red) for $48. One other small bonus? iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS are bundled with the phone. Australia gets the phone the same day as the US, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Puerto Rico; no such luck for New Zealanders.