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Published 06/11/2013 | 13:06

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Apple iPhone 5S
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Around the world, the new iPhone 5s is being lauded as the most advanced and forward thinking iPhone yet. 

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The reviews for the iPhone 5s and 5c are unrivalled and coming out on top.  But what can Ireland’s consumers expect now that Three has the new iPhone 5s and its colourful companion the iPhone 5c available for sale across the country?

Technology and innovation experts have been focusing on the three big developments that Apple has introduced this time around:  an improved processor, a better camera and a new fingerprint scanner, called Touch ID.  These new iPhones are, of course, also the devices that are putting the spotlight on the new updated Apple interface, iOS 7.

 “The new iPhone 5s is a delight …the best smartphone on the market” – The Wall Street Journal

“The difference [in the new iSight camera] is immediately obvious; lowlight pictures are far better on the new phone.” – The New York Times.

 “With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available” – Techcrunch.

 “Is the 5s the best iPhone ever made? Yes.  Though that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Apple took a good product and made it better” – Engadget.

 “With the iPhone 5c, Apple may well have created what will prove to be the most popular smartphone in the world.” – Daring


So, having seen the reviews from New York to London, what do phone users in Ireland have to look forward to with the arrival of the new iPhone 5s and 5c? The iPhone 5s is still a very new device, so there are plenty of hidden features that the average user or first time iPhone owner will not know about. 

We pick our Top Six:


Love them or hate them, ‘selfies’ are here to stay.  But did you know that you can banish ‘selfie arm’ with a few tricks using your iPhone earbuds?  Use the Volume + button on your earbuds to take a selfie.  While you’re in camera mode, click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple earbuds (or Apple compatible earbuds) and simply click and shoot.  If you want to do this in video mode just use the middle button (play / pause).


How many of us have lost what could have been a fantastic photo while struggling to unlock our phones?  Well this super shortcut to the camera app will solve that problem.  You can bypass the lock screen on your phone and open the camera app by swiping up on the little camera icon in the bottom right corner of the home screen.  This is also very useful when giving your phone to others for taking photos as they will not need to ask for your password.


It’s the stuff of movies and everybody’s favourite feature of the new iPhones.  There is now a simple, reliable fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5s—one that can be confidently used to unlock the device instead of typing in a passcode. Users can even use this fingerprint reader, called Touch ID, to authorise purchases from Apple's App, iTunes and e-book stores.

Biometric authentication has been spoken about by technology experts for many years, but this is a real advance – it is being called the biggest step ever in the development of this technology for everyday devices and will soon make typing in passcodes a thing of the past.


Slow motion video shares of sports, children, pets and more will soon be trending between Irish people on Facebook and You Tube, with the introduction of a great new slow motion offering on the iPhone 5s.  This includes the facility to shoot video at 120 frames per second at 720p and play back any section at quarter speed for a dramatic effect before sharing with friends for mass appeal.  There is now a larger sensor, larger pixels and larger aperture available for all photography.

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