Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) began selling the iPhone 5s and 5c on Friday, with a number of stores worldwide seeing lines finally dwindle in the late/early hours of the morning. But was it worth it for those who waited in line? What was it that made launch day special for many given that it was just a reworking an existing phone rather than an iPhone 6.

Apple iPhone 5S

Apple’s iPhone 5S gold version

Apparently the offer of a gold iPhone meant a lot with white and gold iPhones selling out at numerous locations worldwide beyond that there are a number of improvements.

Firstly, its just fast. Side-by-side comparisons show that the 64-bit processor employed in the 5S blows its predecessor away in computing power. This is even more noticeable when processing GarageBand or iMovie files.

Despite privacy concerns, the Touch ID has been widely received by the public as a fine piece of biometric engineering. The setup couldn’t be easier as iOS 7 walks you through the first set up in no time flat. It allows for multiple print storage, and eliminates swiping almost flawlessly.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always made great hardware and the 5S is no exception. While there will certainly be those who would like a bigger screen, they will simply have to wait. Just as it’s predecessor is thin, light, and easy to hold the 5S retains these qualities while offering a clear Retina display that makes text look as sharp as the devil’s tongue itself without any visible pixels. It’s minimalistic industrial look and feel continues with Apple’s earlier successes.

iPhone 5S camera

While the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will never win a contest with the Lumia 1020 or a number of other smartphone cameras, under the hood it has what it needs to make picture taking simple and automatic. The accuracy of variables such as white balance, ISO and aperture to get the correct exposure is not something you will here many complaints about any time soon. The camera app is minimal, but for many that’s perfect.

Siri

Lastly, Siri has worked out a number of her problems that have made her easy pickings for critics looking to make a joke. Siri has a new user interface that feels cleaner and easier to understand. While we won’t say she sounds human she sound considerably less robotic. The big improvements come with the improved speed, made possible by this latest version coupled with a faster processor. Siri is also capable of handling more requests such as playing voicemail, and controlling the new iTunes Radio.

All in all, people will be happy with the new addition to the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) family while still hoping for something truly revolutionary the next time around.