Apple iPhone 5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on October 5, 2013

If you compare the old Apple iPhone 5 and the newer Apple iPhone 5S side-by-side, which one comes out on top? Is the 4.0-inch display on the iPhone 5 better than the 4.0-incher on the iPhone 5S? Has the dual core Apple A6 processor been improved? All of these questions are answered in the table below…

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Apple iPhone 5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S: stat-fight

Here’s a comparison of these two phones. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Apple iPhone 5 VS Apple iPhone 5S
Display 4.0-inch Retina 4.0-inch Retina display
Resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
(326.0 PPI)
640 x 1136 pixels
(326.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6 Apple A7 with M7 motion co-processor
Software iOS 6 iOS 7
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot 16, 32 or 64B internal, no expansion slot
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, tap to focus, LED flash (True Tone), Five-element lens with Sapphire crystal cover, f/2.2 aperture, Hybrid IR filterface detection, panorama, Burst mode, geotagging, simultaneous photo/video, Slo-mo video capture and 1080p video recording
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 1.2MP
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm
Weight 112g 112g
Talktime 8.0 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 225 hours 250 hours
Extras PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope, Siri digital voice assistant GPS/A-GPS, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3-axis gyroscope, Siri digital voice assistant, AirPlay mirroring and video out to Apple TV, video out via Lightning Connector, nano-SIM

BPF Verdict: The Apple iPhone 5S wins!

The Apple iPhone 5S wins this match-up. It beats the Apple iPhone 5 over 10 rounds (see below), winning 4 of them, drawing 6 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

  1. The best connectivity: Comparable
  2. The best size/weight: Comparable
  3. The best camera/video: Yes
  4. The best display: Comparable
  5. The best processor: Yes
  6. The best software: Comparable
  7. The most applications: Comparable
  8. The most storage: Comparable
  9. The best battery life: Yes
  10. The best extras: Yes

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