What’s New Is Not That New
I’ve spent a week with the iPhone 5s now, and of all the iPhone’s I’ve owned, and I’ve owned every one except the first, this feels like the least significant upgrade yet. That’s not really something bad though. The iPhone 5 was (and is) pretty great. Externally, the only differences between my iPhone 5 and my iPhone 5s are the Space Gray casing and the new home button. I’m sure there’s a slight speed boost as well, but after iOS 7 slightly slowed down my iPhone 5, iOS 7 on the faster iPhone 5s just feels normal.
Space Gray is the New Black
There’s not a black iPhone anymore. That’s weird, right? Instead, we’ve got Space Gray, which is fine. Truth is, most people, (I know, not John Gruber) use a case. I bought one of the new Apple cases as well. The color doesn’t matter all that much when you have 60% of the phone covered up with a case. The front of the phone is black and my leather case is black, so, it’s essentially a black iPhone. I’d love to go caseless, and actually did for the first couple weeks with the iPhone 5, but I buy a new one every year and I sell the old one off. I need to keep it as pristine as possible so I can get as much of my money back as I can for these damn things. It’s a fine color though, and probably less prone to the chipping that people experienced with the black iPhone 5. I approve of Space Gray.
Security Meets Ease of Use
Much has been said about TouchID being fooled into acknowleding fake fingerprints. I’m not surprised at this development, but it’s highly unlikely that someone will have a good fingerprint, your iPhone, the equipment required to do this and the skill that doing this requires. For a more secure solution, Apple would be better off to require a password and a fingerprint every time you want to unlock your phone. As with all things, there are trade-offs with security and convenience. As far as security goes, I’m satisfied with TouchID. I haven’t lost a phone yet, and I’m not worried about a perfect print being pulled off my phone.
In the convenience department, I’m thoroughly satisfied with TouchID. You tap the home button to wake the device, let your thumb linger and BAM! you’re in the OS. It’s smooth and easy to use. Just remember to wipe the fried chicken grease off your grubby paws.
Happy As a Pig In…
I’m pleased with my iPhone 5s. It’s the hardware that iOS 7 was designed for. It’s the best iOS 7 experience I’ve had so far. I’ve yet to see any noticeable performance boosts in any specific apps, but everything feels as smooth as iOS 6 did on my iPhone 5. Nothing feels slow, and that’s the most you can hope for. Maybe, as apps get iPhone 5s-optimized code up on the App Store, we’ll see the performance of the iPhone 5s jump up.
All observations are of a 64GB Space Gray iPhone 5s running on Softbank’s LTE network.