iPhone 5s: The Closest Any Smartphone Comes To Being Perfect [Review]

Touch ID

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When you first set up your iPhone 5s, you’ll be prompted to set up Touch ID, too. You’ll have to scan your fingerprint multiple times at slightly different angles before your iPhone is happy, and you’ll have to do this multiple times for different fingers and thumbs if you want to be able to unlock your iPhone with them.

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Setting up Touch ID.

Once this initial set up is out of the way, though, Touch ID will blow your mind. We’ve all seen how fingerprint sensors work in the movies, and they’re even cooler when you get to use them in real life. Unlocking your iPhone by holding your thumb on the home button is a novelty that never wears off, and every time you do it, you’ll be slightly amazed at what just happened.

I spent the first day with my iPhone 5s unlocking it just for the sake of it. When I wanted to check for new notifications, I didn’t just press the home button and look at the lock screen; I went ahead and unlocked my iPhone just so that I could use Touch ID.

Touch ID isn’t just for unlocking, either. You can also use it to authorize purchases from iTunes and the App Store, so rather than entering a password every time, you simply scan your thumb or finger. It makes the whole process quicker and easier, and it’ll save you from entering dozens of passcodes and passwords each and every day.

It will also make our iPhones more secure. No one uses a passcode lock at the moment unless they absolutely have to, because they’re just too cumbersome. But Touch ID changes that; you’ll actually want to secure your iPhone now, and you won’t be punishing yourself with annoying passcodes when you do so.

It’s incredibly exciting to think about the future of Touch ID.

Touch ID won’t eliminate passcodes and passwords altogether, however. Even after you’ve set it up, there are times when you’re prompted to do things the old-fashioned way. Every so often, you’ll have to enter your Apple ID password when making an App Store purchase to “renew Touch ID purchases,” and when you turn your iPhone on for the first time after a reboot, you’ll have to enter your 4-digit passcode before you can use your fingerprint.

It’s incredibly exciting to think about the future of Touch ID, and the potential of this amazing technology. It’s already blowing our minds, and yet when you think about it, there’s so much more it can do providing Apple allows it.

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I really hope the Cupertino company opens Touch ID up to third-party developers later on, so that we can use our fingerprints to login to our favorite apps and services. It will be such a waste if its only purpose is to unlock our iPhones and authorize purchases from Apple’s own stores.

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  • iOS_TV

    I like what Jonathan Ive said, “new is easy, getting it right is difficult”. They certainly got it right with the 5s. It will be interesting to see what Samsung will copy from the 5s. We already know they plan on going 64 bit, they all upgrade the camera, but they will probably keep bumping megapixels. As popular as the gold color is it’s almost a given they will do that.

    It may be easy for Samsung to add a fingerprint scanner, but it will be extremely difficult for them to get it right in the way Apple has with the 5s.

    • Jamell Lewis

      5 months later and you’re right lol. Their copying the fingerprint scanner and the duel flash. Also htc one copying the gold color and duel flash and a service similar to icloud.

  • cflorez6768

    Everything about this article was great. I have an Iphone 5S myself in black ( couldn’t get gold )… In my opinion there’s something wrong about that photo though… who the hell uses the BBM app??? so ridiculous. I wouldn’t insult my 5S installing that crap.. even if I was going to delete it a moment after. I wouldn’t even dare….

  • NHTeaParties

    This is the worst move and worst product of anything Apple has ever tried. Many unhappy people are defecting to Android because they may as well now that Apple acts and looks like a cheap PC. Sayonara Apple, I just sold $500K worth of your stock… as it is going to plunge as people defect from your defective unusable product that is so hard on the eyes. UGLY!!!!!

  • Bulldogger123

    This is the worst move and worst product of anything Apple has ever tried. Many unhappy people are defecting to Android because they may as well now that Apple acts and looks like a cheap PC. Sayonara Apple, I just sold $500K worth of your stock… as it is going to plunge as people defect from your defective unusable product that is so hard on the eyes. UGLY!!!!!

    You just proved why most people think Tea Party Members are idiots!

  • iSteve

    As Steve said ” I skate where the puck is going to be and not where it has been”… This sums up what Apple has achieved with the 5S. ==> Forward thinkig..

  • trudderham

    Really nice review, great to see some real-life photos of the space grey color. Anyway this is a great place to start if anyone’s looking for iOS 7 tuition: http://iosguides.net/ios-7/

  • Andrew John
    This is the worst move and worst product of anything Apple has ever tried. Many unhappy people are defecting to Android because they may as well now that Apple acts and looks like a cheap PC. Sayonara Apple, I just sold $500K worth of your stock… as it is going to plunge as people defect from your defective unusable product that is so hard on the eyes. UGLY!!!!!

    You just proved why most people think Tea Party Members are idiots!

    I think he just proved why most people think fandroid trolls are idiots!

  • rmbourbon

    Like you I have been using android for about 6 months with the Xperia Z. A very nice phone but android is buggy, laggy and annoying at times and I have been waiting for an excuse to get back to iOS and this phone has convinced me. I ordered one on the weekend and i have a grin from ear to ear. I am no fanboy given that i have tried android, windows 8 phone, Blackberry in the past and iOS but i think iOS still has the best OS and with iOS7 and the 5S I am really very excited. Now all Apple has to do jus make a 4.7″ phone and that will be the cherry on the cake.

  • Paul Burt

    You and everyone else are delusional if you think Apple is going to increase the display size again. Keep dreaming.

  • Bulldogger123
    This is the worst move and worst product of anything Apple has ever tried. Many unhappy people are defecting to Android because they may as well now that Apple acts and looks like a cheap PC. Sayonara Apple, I just sold $500K worth of your stock… as it is going to plunge as people defect from your defective unusable product that is so hard on the eyes. UGLY!!!!!

    You just proved why most people think Tea Party Members are idiots!

    I think he just proved why most people think fandroid trolls are idiots!

    You must be a Tea Party idiot.

  • MrsCleaver

    Good review, Killian. However I find your oft-used phrase “cream your jeans”, offensive and sophomoric. As I’ve posted before, I think using such language here is in poor taste.

    But thanks for a fairly in-depth view of the new iPhone.

  • MrsCleaver

    I misquoted your writing. The phrase was “cream their pants.”

    It’s fffensive either way, but I wanted to be accurate.

  • dcj001

    As Steve said ” I skate where the puck is going to be and not where it has been”… This sums up what Apple has achieved with the 5S. ==> Forward thinkig..

    Actually, Wayne (Gretzky) said it before Steve did.

  • dcj001

    You and everyone else are delusional if you think Apple is going to increase the display size again. Keep dreaming.

    It will happen one year from now with the iPhone 6.

  • Adrayven
    You and everyone else are delusional if you think Apple is going to increase the display size again. Keep dreaming.

    It will happen one year from now with the iPhone 6.

    Agreed. Fairly obvious the next step is to offer a ‘c’ class iPhone, then a ‘pro’ class iphone with 4″ and 5″ sizes.. I susect we’ll see 2 sizes like we see with their Pro laptops, which have 13″ and 15″. I think we’ll see a 4″ stay around and a 4.5-5″ phone added to the high end category and the iPhone C will say as the colorful option for mainstream users.

    I don’t think they will go over 5″ though.. under that probably. They’ve a space issue because of the large round fingerprint button to deal with.

  • DJBabyBuster

    As with all the incremental s updates, I’ll wait for a proper new phone with the 6.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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