Differences iPhone 5 and 5s

Older models iPhone but which are still selling well on the second-hand market. To buy a mobile phone Apple at less than 100€, there are not too many solutions: buy an old model or take a newer generation but with a serious problem, usually a broken screen or a damaged motherboard. For a few tens of euros, the purchase of a second-hand iPhone 5 or 5s is perhaps a good plan. Here are the differences to note between the two models to make the right choice, on the corner or elsewhere.

Recognize an iPhone 5 from a 5s

The shape of the camera flash

A quick difference to highlight. An iPhone 5 has a round flash while an iPhone 5s has an oval flash, almost twice as large. We call it Flash True Tone but it’s not written anywhere.

Touch ID

The iPhone 5s has introduced fingerprint recognition on the Home button. As for the iPhone 5 “just”, it is not equipped with the Touch fingerprint reader. ID . No aesthetic difference but it can be checked in the iOS settings to configure the phone’s security. If the Touch option ID appears, so it is a 5S.

A7 Processor

A6 chip for iPhone 5, A7 for iPhone 5s. Each new generation of iPhone comes with a new generation of faster, more energy-efficient Apple processors. But it is not a difference that can be seen in a few seconds.

iOS version

In addition to the hardware differences mentioned above, the maximum version of the Apple iOS mobile system supported by the devices must also be taken into account:

  • iPhone 5 iOS: iOS 10.3.3
  • iPhone 5c iOS: iOS 10.3.3
  • iPhone 5s iOS: iOS 12.4 (12.4.2)

The iPhone 5s does not receive iOS 13 released in September 2019, but the iPhone 5 “just” stagnates at iOS 10 which has been updated until 2017 only. Two years of updates separate an iPhone 5 from a 5s. Despite its small screen size compared to current smartphones, the main software difference of iPhone 5, 5s and 5c is therefore the supported iOS version and third-party applications.

With a system locked to iOS10, an iPhone 5 or 5c will have a shorter lifespan than the 5s because applications like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder or Snapchat will stop working on older iOS versions. We can’t exactly conclude that an iPhone 5 “all in all” will have a lifetime of two years less than the next generation 5s but if third-party applications are important to you or your child, this is an argument to consider.

On the other hand, if the iPhone is only used to phone, send messages, take pictures and share them, check a web page from time to time, check your emails: an iPhone 5 may be enough for this purpose.