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What You Need To Know About iPhone 5S – Vanessa Tai

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

Yes, Apple has launched yet another iPhone. To be accurate, they’ve launched two new iPhones. iPhone 5C marks Apple’s foray into the lower-end of the smartphone market, and its key differentiating factor lies in its polycarbonate body that comes in five varying shades of bubblegum. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same as the current iPhone 5.

The one to look out for would be the iPhone 5S. Like previous incarnations of the iPhone, this version has created fevered excitement among diehard Apple loyalists and a sense of underwhelm among well, everyone else. No matter which camp you belong to, there’s no doubt that the iPhone will still attract throngs of people when it launches. Here are three features to look forward to:

Fingerprint Recognition
Instead of having to key in a four-digit password each time your want to unlock your phone, the Touch ID sensor recognises you through your fingerprint. You can also use your fingerprint to authenticate App store purchases. Worried about Apple being privy to such sensitive information? The company has said it won’t store fingerprint data on its servers – only on the devices themselves – but if you’re still concerned, you could always forgo this function.

Enhanced Processing and Performance
The iPhone 5S comes with the A7 processor; Apple claims it’s twice as fast as the current A6 processor. What this means is you’re now able to enjoy detailed graphics and visual effects that were previously only possible on desktop or gaming consoles. The smartphone also comes with a new motion processor, the M7, which enables the device to track motion more intelligently … great for those of you who love your health and fitness apps. Other advantages of the M7? It senses when you’re walking, running or even driving. So, if you’ve turned on Maps to figure out how to get someplace, M7 will be able to tell when you’ve parked and are continuing on foot. It will then switch the Maps navigation from driving to walking. Amazing, huh?

Improved Camera Function

Nifty functions on the new iSight

New functions on iSight

The iPhone camera is already one of the most popular in the world (check out the nifty tricks your iPhone 5 camera can do) but the iPhone 5S takes image capturing to dizzy new heights. Some of these new features include the Continuous Burst Mode, which lets you capture multiple action shots by snapping 10 images per second, and the Live Video Zoom, where you can zoom in up to three times while recording. Instagram addicts will appreciate the Square Photo function and multiple photo filters available.


The new iPhone 5S and 5C will be available at all three local telcos from 20 September.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. She’s endlessly tickled by Siri on her iPhone 5. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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iWatch Features: A Wish List – Vanessa Tai

"Wow, the iWatch is a total game changer!"

“Wow, the iWatch is a total game changer!”

Rumours of Apple launching an iWatch have been spreading like wildfire, and it seems like these rumours aren’t unfounded. According to legit news sources like Forbes and CNET, Apple has been going on a trademarking spree with the term “iWatch,” leaving speculators to conclude this gadget is likely to be launched within the next year.

I know what you’re thinking … who still wears wristwatches these days? The only people I know who still wear watches are either into sports or are collectors of luxury timepieces. Then again, the iPad had its detractors too, and look where it is now. So what sort of features would make the iWatch as ubiquitous as its smartphone and tablet counterparts? Here’s a personal wish list:

1. Appointment Scheduler
Yes, I know I can do this with the Calendar app on my iPhone or iPad, but what I have in mind is a program where I can record my appointments with a single spoken sentence. Plus, the program will give me a daily rundown of scheduled appointments so I don’t ever double-book or worse, forget an appointment.

2. One Ticket Fits All
Movie tickets? Concert tickets? Boarding passes? Who needs all that when you’ve got your iWatch? Here’s how it works: buy your tickets online, and your purchase information will be stored in your iWatch. Just flash your watch and enjoy your movie/concert/trip!

3. Information on the Go
This is kind of like a combination of Google and Shazam (the app that recognises music playing around you.) Say you’re on a camping trip and you chance upon an unfamiliar plant … wave your watch over it and ta-dah, you find out it’s a Dionaea muscipula (commonly known as the venus flytrap.) Or you’re meeting somebody whose name you can’t seem to place. Discreetly wave your watch over them and watch their LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media profiles flash across your iWatch screen.

And since we’re dreaming, we might as well dream big, right?

4. Time Travel
C’mon, it’s 2014. Somebody should have come up with the technology by now!

What are some of the features you hope the iWatch will have? Tell us in the Comments section below!

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. She yearns for time travel so that she can fulfill a lifelong dream of walking among dinosaurs. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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