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I avoid flash on my smartphone whenever humanly possible, but this year's improvements may have changed my opinion. A passcode is something you know. Rene Ritchie has been covering the personal technology industry for a decade. The security apps for iDevices are varied in nature; some of these help you store passwords securely, while some of them help you track a lost iDevice and a few others help you keep your files and media secure. You can open Settings by tapping the icon on your Home screen. Besides, they can also be immensely helpful in shielding your private data, protecting you from phishing and keeping your identity fully safeguarded. There is a private web browser to let you browse the web securely.

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50 Best Free iPhone Apps of 2015

I'm tempted to call the iPhone 5S the iPhone 5P, for "potential. It's telegraphed by the name itself: The 5S introduces technologies that could transform the future of iOS as a computing platform, and maybe pave the way for future products in But it doesn't manifest these changes right off the bat. Its promises haven't come to fruition yet. Last year's iPhone 5 was the best iPhone we'd ever seen. It met nearly all our wishes and expectations. It added tons of new features.

What did Apple do this year as an encore? Enter the iPhone 5S, which along with the iPhone 5C mark the first time Apple's delivered two new iPhones in one year. But the 5C is really the iPhone 5 in colored plastic. There's really only one new iPhone, and that's the 5S. We wanted a bigger screen , an improved camera, and better battery life.

Apple gave us a fingerprint sensor, an improved camera, and a faster processor. Faster is better, especially when battery life doesn't suffer, but the 5S doesn't feel like a shocking new product. It's a common occurrence in iPads and MacBooks, too: But, in a phone landscape dominated by rapid change, it can feel frustrating, even for a product we loved just 12 months ago. Even iOS 7 , Apple's graphically overhauled operating system, feels different but not really all that shocking.

Even the new colors -- gold and "space gray" -- are subtler than you realize. That doesn't mean there aren't changes, but many of them seem like roadwork for the future; a cleverly ingenious under-the-home-button fingerprint sensor, a clearly better camera, majorly upgraded graphics, a motion-tracking M7 coprocessor, and a new A7 processor capable of bit computing are a lot of under-the-hood tweaks. But, after a week of using the iPhone 5S, it's hard to find situations that currently take advantage of these features, except for the fingerprint sensor and camera.

Check back in two months; after new apps emerge, maybe the iPhone 5S will start seeming like a truly new iPhone. But, for now, it's more of refined improvement. The iPhone 5 has gotten better. How much better depends on how fast apps and services can take advantage of the features Updated September 30, , with expanded M7 fitness-tracking section and hands-on with M7-compatible apps, an additional battery test, and observations on real-use battery after several weeks of use.

We will continue to update this review in the coming days, based on subsequent testing. Ratings should be considered tentative, and may evolve as testing continues. Take the iPhone 5, and add gold or 'space gray' The iPhone 5 was a somewhat subtle but completely thorough redesign of the iPhone, from screen size to headphone placement.

It introduced an aluminum frame, a thinner and lighter build, and came in two colors. The 5S is a carbon copy, with some new color variations. And, yes, there's gold. But it's not like a prop from Liberace's home: Paired with white glass on the back and front, you might have a hard time noticing the gold in the wild unless it was held in the sun. Of the three colors, I liked gray the best: A year later, the iPhone 5's design still feels sleek and high-end in the 5S, great in the hand, and more compact than most competitor phones.

But, it also has a smaller screen 4 inches than most of its Android cousins. I love using a more compact phone, but competitors have found a way to make larger-screened 4. The iPhone 5S has a lot more bezel framing the display, and I couldn't help wondering if that screen couldn't be just a bit bigger. A larger screen would have really helped this year: I found editing and appreciating the improved photos and video recording, and even playing games, to be challenging; the better that graphics and camera quality get, the more you need a larger screen to appreciate them.

The party-trick tech on the 5S See that little home button down there? It doesn't have a square on it anymore. It's also flat and recessed, not concave. That's practically the only outward-facing indication the iPhone 5S offers to the world, but lurking under the button is the most interesting piece of iPhone tech in quite some time. Unfortunately, it doesn't do as much right now as I wish it could.

The fact it does both can be a little disorienting at first, but the clicking is what the home button normally does, while gently touching the sensor activates the fingerprint scan. Touch ID's simple round button works on a simple press, versus a "swipe" gesture on a lot of previous fingerprint readers. The scanning technology, when it registers your fingerprint, encourages you to press from a variety of angles, so your fingerprint can be read even on its side or on an edge.

Most people won't even know it scanned them, but try another finger and you'll see that it worked. A few previous smartphones have added fingerprint sensors before, like the Motorola Atrix , but those were more awkward bars that needed finger-swiping.

The Touch ID-enabled home button feels invisible; it works with a tap, can recognize your finger from many angles, and feels like it has less of a fail rate than fingerprint sensors I've used on laptops.

It worked on all my fingers, and even my toe I was curious. Its only limitation, really, is how little Apple has employed Touch ID into the iPhone experience at the moment. Scanning your finger takes the place of entering a passcode in most instances, or entering a password every time you purchase something from the App Store or iTunes.

But, that's all Touch ID does for now: In fact, you'd better remember whatever passcode you used to lock your phone, because Touch ID isn't a pure replacement.

If you restart your iPhone, or turn it off and on, or don't use it for 48 hours, it'll ask for your passcode again before allowing fingerprint recognition. That's potentially useful as an extra deterrent for would-be fingerprint thieves, but it proved a little quirky over a week of use.

I never knew when the 5S might insist I enter my passcode again. Worried about a kid pressing his finger down over and over and erasing your phone's memory? Touch ID cleverly defaults to asking for a passcode after three fingerprint attempts, and after five bad tries, it requires it. Then you still have 10 passcode attempts before any "erase contents after 10 passcode failures" setting you've possibly enabled kicks in. How much time does it save?

A little, especially since this process skips the "swipe to unlock" gesture. You'll also save a few seconds over entering a passcode. But, in terms of convenience, I really only appreciated it during the day, in those little moments when I quickly needed to hop on my phone. I have a bigger dream for Touch ID, of its fingerprint scan acting as a password replacement for third-party apps or even a way to make payments, or check in to flights. It could be a mobile wallet killer app, and a companion to Apple's somewhat dormant PassBook app that launched with iOS 6.

But those extra features won't be coming anytime soon. Apple currently intends Touch ID and your fingerprint -- which gets encrypted as mathematical data, according to Apple, not an image -- to stay on the A7 chip of the iPhone 5S, out of reach of third-party apps or cloud services. That could be good for added security, but it means Touch ID isn't a magic remember-every-password savior or credit card replacement yet. It's easy to use.

Camera Touch ID may be getting all the headlines lately, but the iPhone 5S' improved camera is probably its biggest selling point. Cameras are no longer afterthoughts on smartphones: If you're getting a new iPhone for its camera, get the 5S. A suite of new and useful upgrades help make the already-good iPhone 5 camera into something even better Unlike many megapixel-packing smartphones megapixel Lumia , I'm looking at you , the iPhone 5S camera stays at 8 megapixels, the same on paper as last year and even the year before.

The sensor, as Apple will proclaim, however, is 15 percent larger: You can add multiple fingerprints to TouchID, allowing you to use any number of your fingers or thumbs to unlock your iPhone.

Under General , you can customize different settings that control your storage, accessibility, and overall preferences. Restrictions act as parental controls. You can use this feature to set a passcode that will restrict access to certain content. While a passcode lock is used to unlock the iPhone, a restriction passcode is used to open specific apps and perform certain tasks. For example, you can restrict explicit music, limit the ability to make in-app purchases, and withhold access to important apps.

Software Update is where you'll download iOS updates from Apple. Updates frequently include bug fixes and other improvements designed to enhance your experience with the iPhone. If an update is available, tap Software Update , then tap the Install button. Third-party apps sometimes request access to your personal information. For example, an app might request access to your Twitter account to make it easier for you to share things with your friends.

Another app might request access to Contacts to help you connect with the people you know. Apps will ask for permission before accessing your information for the first time.

However, you can always manage these settings under Privacy. Location data can be extremely useful for a variety of apps. For example, the Maps app can use this information to give you directions from your current location, while the Weather app can give you a local forecast.

Location data can also be used in ways you might not expect. For example, the Camera app can use it to tag photos and videos with their exact location known as geotagging. If you then post a photo publicly online, you're also sharing the location data for that photo.

While it can be useful, some users may not feel comfortable sharing their location data in all of these situations.