Most consumers need not worry about their fingerprints being stolen from their phone. The iPhone 5s physically can’t communicate the fingerprint data to other parts of the device or the cloud; the section responsible for housing the fingerprint data in the iPhone 5s simply tells the other half of the processor “yes” or “no” depending on whether or not the sensor could authenticate one’s identity. The system is secure, and it also works incredibly fast: By pressing the home button to activate the phone and holding your thumb in place, Touch ID works almost instantly; it’s tough to go back to the old “Swipe to Unlock” after experiencing Touch ID.
The iPhone 5s is powered by Apple’s new dual-core A7 SoC, which boasts speeds up to two times faster than the iPhone 5 in both computational and graphics performance. But even more impressive than its architecture, which is built on “billions of transistors,” is the fact that iPhone 5s is the world’s first smartphone built for 64-bit. It may not mean much right now, but the A7 chip provides opportunities for developers to build desktop-class applications for iPhone, which can be a real game-changer.
The new iPad mini is expected to be released with a modest upgrade to its processor, and possibly (finally) a Retina display, but the new iPad 5 might just steal the show at the Oct. 22 event, as the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s fifth-generation iPad will reportedly release with dramatic changes to its exterior and interior features.
The cases from the aforementioned conference also indicate that the new iPad mini will feature a re-located microphone on the rear of the device. Besides the new display, we understand that the iPad mini 2 will feature a faster chip (likely a 64-bit A7 variant) and that Touch ID has not been present on recent internal test models.
Word from BGR suggests that build 11B491 will be hitting the likes of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices this week for Apple partners and employees, while the iPhone 4 and 4S along with the iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad mini, and original iPad will be seeing the update along with the public by next week. This update also hits the 5th generation iPod touch for good measure – even the Space Gray version.
In addition to the iPads, we also expect the jam-packed Oct. 22 event to reintroduce Mac OS X Mavericks, which was first unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote event in June. To go with the new Mac software, we also expect the company to update its Mac hardware, including a new MacBook Pro with Retina display (this time, powered by Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processor), a new Mac mini, and a new Mac Pro, which was also given a sneak peek in June. We may also see a few surprises at the Oct. 22 event, including new Apple TV hardware — and, possibly, a first glimpse at the company’s rumored smart wristwatch, the iWatch. We believe most new Mac hardware will release within one to three days after the Oct. 22 unveiling, while we maintain the release date for both new iPads will be the following Friday.