My good friend and I were addicted to building computers and seeing how vibrant games like "Battlefield 2 Special Ops", "Battlefield 3" and the "Command and Conquer" series popped off of the screen. At the time we had the Intel (NASDAQ:INTL) core 2 duo 2.66 GHZ processor, two gigs of ram and a 512 mb graphics card by Nividia (NASDAQ:NVDA). When the news broke regarding Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) drive to double the speed of the iPhone 5 with the iPhone 5S and to include a 64-bit processor, I was blown away. The first thing that went through my mind was the ability to now play powerfully real games that would be groundbreaking on a mobile device - and let me tell you, I was surely amazed.
It is no surprise that the 5S has a lead over the 5 under the hood, sporting the new 64-bit A7 chip compared to the older 32-bit A6 chip.
(click to enlarge) (Source)Click to enlarge
Everyone is aware of the differences in specifications, although how does this compare over to the actual experience of the user? Below are two benchmark tests that demonstrate the graphics differences between the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S and some industry peer devices such as the Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) Galaxy S4.
(click to enlarge) (Source)Click to enlarge
As we can see from the two above benchmark tests, the iPhone 5S crushes the iPhone 5 and earlier models with regard to graphics. The first test is an extremely intensive GPU test to see how the device's graphics card holds up, a competition the 5S won easily. The second test shown is a heavy game simulation test, where the iPhone 5S crushes, is able to deliver smooth game-play at 35fps (frames per second) - being the first device to crest the 30fps barrier.
Enough of the Specs, Get To The Games:
I don't blame you, looking at charts gets annoying - unless you are using the new Numbers, Keynote or Pages applications that ship with each new iPhone. These apps are so powerful that functions can be used in Numbers, full presentations can be created in Keynote and Pages is reminiscent of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) word. You can even track changes with these apps, share your work through mail or messages or use templates. I was skeptical at first, thinking that the screen would be too small to create projects, although these applications are user friendly with features such as the disappearing text bar, zoom and other creative features.
Now For The Real Game:
Right on Apple's website, it boasts the new A7 chip alongside a picture of a game called "Infinity Blade 3". At first I was shocked at the graphics power conveyed by the image, although I wanted to take a look deeper into the game and see the real graphics processing power. Even though there are screen-shots available on the company's website, I have been in contact with the company and have been allowed to post my own screen-shots from the game.
Going from the bright outdoor environment, to the darker ones - the graphics in "Infinity Blade 3" are simply amazing on a mobile device.
The fighting scenes in the game are truly compelling, but even better is the fact that the game is easy to play on a mobile device and you do not miss having a controller.
The amazing part of all of this is the mixture of the iPhone 5S's extreme computing power coupled with the insane craftsmanship in the available applications.
What Else Does The iPhone Pack?
The iPhone is a very advanced device. Honestly, I was angered by some people's viewpoints that the device was not an advancement or that users did not enjoy the device. Below are some other facts that I would like to compound - that I have come across while using the device:
- The fingerprint scanner is not only fast, it is very accurate. You can even purchase apps on the app store through the device.
- The new camera is amazing. The two flashes feature a possible of 1000 combinations of the flash for the best picture possible. The sensor on the 5S has been increased to 1.5 microns along with a f/2.2 aperture to allow more light in. Engadget has an amazing comparison as well on this topic.
- The 5S also has a 120 fps slo-motion video mode.
- The new line of real leather colored cases compounds the premium feel of owning an iPhone. Personally, I would have thought the new Burberry Executive addition to Apple would have been the one to present this idea.
What Does This Mean
As a dear friend led me to the concept, the new capabilities in the iPhone 5S are tangible. The user can hold Apple's innovation and experience the next generation of mobile power that is only available on an iPhone 5S - another foothold gained by Apple's brand power. Articles can come about attacking Apple's future and the advancements of its competitors, although one thing is now A7 clear - Apple is the one setting the bar on mobile devices. Personally, I had an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 5S in addition to a string of Android devices and even BlackBerry phones a while ago, and I have to say I am again amazed at the iPhone 5S. Although this article focuses mostly on the graphics power of the new iPhone 5S, there are many advancements that can not be seen through a game - such as the increased LTE bands for connectivity that can all be found on Apple's website.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
Additional disclosure: This article is meant be informational, do not execute any trades before talking to a financial professional to make sure an investment/trade is right for you.