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iPhone 5s Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 111
Article Title = iPhone 5s Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 11th September 2013
Article Last Updated = 23rd January 2015
Article URL =

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about the iPhone 5s primarily
Q. When was the iPhone 5s made available in the UK?
A. The iPhone 5s was made available on the 20th September 2013 and is now available to buy online.
Q. There's an iPhone 5c as well as an iPhone 5s. What's with that?
A. In the past Apple always sold the current iPhone and then the two previous versions of the iPhone would be available at cheaper prices e.g iPhone 5/4s/4. This time instead of iPhone 5s/5/4s being available the 5 is being completely replaced with a newer iPhone 5c model so the products available from 20th September 2013 will be iPhone 5s/5c/4s.
Q. What colours is the iPhone 5s available in?
A. Silver, gold and space grey.
Q. What are the system requirements for using an iPhone 5s?
A. The following are required:
  • An Apple ID (for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires
    • Mac: OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 8, Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 11.1.0 or later
Q. I'm not running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. What can I do?
A. Buy Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and either run that or upgrade to the latest version of OS X.
Q. How much will the iPhone 5s cost?
A. 16GB = £549, 32GB = £629 or 64GB = £709 unlocked. Cheaper prices on contract.
Q. Where can I buy the iPhone 5s or get an iPhone on contract in the UK?
A. Several places offer it for sale:
Q. iPhone 5s supports 4G/LTE in other countries outside of the USA. Can I take advantage of this in the UK?
A. Yes. The iPhone 5s supports various LTE/4G frequencies including those used in the UK.
Q. The iPhone 5s comes with a "Lightning" connector. Can I still connect it to my computer/older devices?
A. Potentially, yes. The iPhone 5s only comes with a Lightning to USB connector cable in the box which allows you to connect the iPhone 5s to your Mac or Windows PC. If you need compatibility with other devices you may need one of the following products:
Q. What's the difference between the iPhone 5s, 5c and 4s?
A. See Apple UK's comparison chart.
Q. Is the iPhone 5/4s/4 still available to buy?
A. The 4 and 5 have been discontinued but the iPhone 4s will now be available at a cheaper price than before:
  • iPhone 4s 8GB from £349 unlocked. Possible to obtain free on contract
Q. Is the iPhone 5s different in size to the iPhone 5?
A. No. It's the same size.
Q. Will my iPhone 5 case fit the new 5s?
A. Yes. Apple has also made six new cases available specifically for the 5s to buy (£35 - available in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue and product RED) plus third party companies offer cases too.
Q. What are the primary new/upgraded features of the iPhone 5s compared to the 5?
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture
  • M7 motion coprocessor
  • Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button aka "Touch ID"
  • Better camera - True Tone double-LED flash, burst mode, slo-mo video (120fps), improved video stabilisation
  • More 4G/LTE frequencies supported
  • Better battery life (250 hrs of standby)
Q. What mobile frequencies does the iPhone 5s support?
See this article.
Q. Does the fingerprint identity sensor system store images of my fingerprint?
A. Apple has officially stated that the iPhone doesn't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device only fingerprint data which is encrypted within the processor. Third-party applications cannot use the scanner facility. Those who wish the use Touch ID also have to create a passcode as a backup. Only that passcode (not a finger) can unlock the phone if the phone is rebooted or hasn't been unlocked for 48 hours. This feature is meant to block hackers from stalling for time as they try to find a way to circumvent the fingerprint scanner. See Apple's official tech note on the subject.
Q. What version of iOS does the iPhone 5s come with?
A. It comes with iOS 7 and also includes the following apps free: iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote (you previously had to pay for them!).
Q. I don't want iOS 7. Can I install/run an earlier version of iOS?
A. No.
Q. Is there a dock available for the iPhone 5s?
A. Yes - £25 from the Apple Store
Q. I've heard something about AppleCare+ being launched in the UK. What's that?
A. AppleCare+ is now available to buy in the UK. It includes an extra year of warranty (a total of 2 years) and up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling, each subject to a £55 excess fee.

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