models released in previous years.
A higher-end iPhone dubbed the 5S boasts several advantages that aren't available on any other model. The coolest innovation allows you to use your fingerprint to unlock the iPhone 5S instead of relying on a four-digit code that has to be repeatedly typed in. The fingerprint reader can also be used to access Apple Inc's apps and iTunes store instead of a password.
Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks the fingerprint scanner will revolutionize technology security. ''There is going to be a whole new generation of kids who grow up not knowing what a password is,'' Cook predicted during a brief discussion with a small group of reporters after he left the room where Apple Inc was demonstrating its new iPhones.
I found the fingerprint scanner, called ''Touch ID,'' simple to use during my brief test of the iPhone 5S. It just took less than a minute for the phone to record the fingerprint on my thumb, instructing me along the way. Once my prints were in the phone's memory bank, all I had to do was lightly press on the home button when the iPhone 5S was locked in sleep mode and it quickly opened.
The iPhone 5S also contains a faster processor and technological wizardry designed to take sharper pictures and even record slow-motion video.
Best of all, though, the iPhone 5S comes with the iOS 7. I am already looking forward to downloading the software next week so I can simulate what it's like to have a new iPhone for free.
- By Michael LieDtke