At its media event on Tuesday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced its new iPhone 5S smartphone, which, as we predicted, will see its public release date on Friday, Sept. 20. The iPhone 5S will release in nine different countries that day, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

The iPhone 5S looks nearly identical to the iPhone 5, except for its pill-shaped dual-LED flash, which replaces the circular flash from the iPhone 5. But besides outside cosmetic changes, the iPhone 5S features the same 4-inch Retina display and chamfered diamond-cut edges as its predecessor, albeit with some upgraded innards. The iPhone 5S comes equipped with an A7 processor, an M7 motion co-processor, a slightly modified battery for greater life, a new camera system with improved lighting for slow-motion video photography, and a fingerprint sensor presumably to let users authenticate ownership and user passwords by simply holding their thumbs on the iPhone’s signature home button.

The iPhone 5S will release in three improved storage capacities, now starting at 32 GB and ranging up to 128 GB, and be sold in three color themes, including slate and black, white and silver, and champagne and white.

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