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iPhone 5S comes with a 64-bit 'A7' chipset - first ever on a smartphone

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iPhone 5S comes with a 64-bit 'A7' chipset - first ever on a smartphone
A new flagship iPhone - a new chipset by Apple! That's the way it usually goes, but with the introduction of the iPhone 5S, it seems Apple has a special treat for us. It appears that the new 'A7' chipset that will power Apple's finest will actually have a 64-bit architecture, which makes it the first mobile processor of this kind.

But what does this all mean? In short, it means that the A7 chip is expected to be a monster! Apple goes fully technical by explaining that the A7 will have an updated instruction set, 2x general-purpose registers, 2x floating-point registers, over 1 billion transistors and 102mm2 die size. And while we could say that we're quite well-versed in the technical part of things, we don't really get why all of this is good. Thankfully, the company puts those features in somewhat more understandable terms, by specifying that the A7 should achieve a 40x faster CPU performance and 56x faster GPU performance compared to those of the original iPhone. Of course, this information doesn't really tell us much about the actual speed of the 5S, but it's a cool fact that shows us how much technology has evolved since those early days. We'll have to wait until we can play with the iPhone 5S before we can say just how much faster it is than the 5.

But of course, a 64-bit processor needs software that's optimized for 64-bit silicon, and that's exactly what Apple has done with iOS 7. The new and redesigned mobile OS, along with all the built-in apps, will fully support the new 64-bit A7 processor, while Apple says that it's made it easy for developers to update their apps to make use of the new ultra-powerful hardware. Naturally, OpenGL ES 3.0 will also be supported, just like on the new Nexus 7, so you can expect some even more breathtakingly-beautiful 3D games to flood the App Store soon! It's also worth mentioning that the A7 SoC will be accompanied by a new M7 motion coprocessor, which will specialize in things like... tracking motion data from the accellerometer, gyroscope, compass and so on. According to Apple, this separate processor will allow for much more accurate motion-tracking and will enable even more capable health and fitness apps.

Images courtesy of The Verge
Images courtesy of The Verge

Images courtesy of The Verge


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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:05 11

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Now this is more interesting!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:11 10

14. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Apple announces 64-bit chip in mobile for the first time-Nobody cares

Fandroids come up with the idea of fragmentation-Everybody loses their mind

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:12 4

21. tech2 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


can anyone explain what does it actually means ?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 23:54 2

144. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Does anyone know what's the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit? I guess no one knows.That's Y they are getting impressed where they shouldn't be.32 bit means apps can access maximum of 4 GB of ram at once. 64 bit means it can access way much more ram at once.But it's obvious there is no phone in the world has 4 GB ram. Note 3 also has only 3 GB only. So what's the use of this 64 bit in smartphones at the moment? To get the advantage of the 64 bit architecture smartphones must have a RAM equal to or more than 4 GB. Or 64 bit is the same speed,same consistency and same power as 32 bit. As computers have much more ram than 4 GB it's important to computers.64 bit or 32 bit both have the same CPU access thus same processing power.The thing is Apple has nothing to innovative.Thus they just jumped a huge leap but no use from that. Android will eventually come to the 64 bit architecture with the RAM more than 4 GB and enough application support. That's how it should develop.But this Apple stunt effect only to simulate consumers to buy the iPhone 5s. Poor iPhone loyal fans.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 07:44 1

152. marbovo (Posts: 476; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Oh man, shame on you to htink that the only advantage of 64 bits is the max memory usable... do some research before say those things

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:21 15

46. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


i am actually considiring to switch to iPhone because the 64 bit got me... i really am sick of andorid lag, lets be honest... if android kitkat doesn't get this, hello iPhone, as much as i hate to say it :(

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:32 15

63. infinitemethod (Posts: 122; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


What lag?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:09 8

90. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


s4 lag

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:32 14

107. .KRATOS. (Posts: 85; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Ive seen iPhone lag also so...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:08 4

117. akki20892 (Posts: 2652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


But not HTC One.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:53

136. heyhi (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


Ultra Z lag

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:27 1

100. user996 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


he knows what he says so "what lag?" is unnecessary

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:43 12

71. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


ill take miniscule lag over a closed sytem anyday bud

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:47 6

74. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well then....enjoy your lag :)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:17 2

93. scaryloud (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


And I'll take closed system over a virus sponge anyday. No worries watching "iporn" on my phone... regardless of the site!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:47 4

75. bon24x7 (Posts: 166; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Need UI Customisation and Geekiness- Go with Android
Need Stability and Security - Go with iPhone or WP

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:01 5

88. Finalflash (Posts: 1121; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


64 bit will not fix anything or do anything at all for the iPhone. At the moment, the main use of 64bit is more memory addresses allowing more memory to be utilized. In this case it makes no difference since it is probably 1GB of RAM still for the 5S (since they didn't mention it).

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:14 1

92. milesboy5 (Posts: 126; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


It is 2GB of RAM... check phone arenas spec sheet for the 5S

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:04 2

116. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Still not 4GB, so no use whatsoever

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:33

108. scaryloud (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Oh Snap!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:56

126. mattkl (Posts: 137; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


You\'ve got the wrong android phone then my friend :(

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 23:59

145. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Android doesn't lag at all as long as you know how to use it bud. But see the bright side with android compared to the closed, unimpressive, uncuztamizable boring ios.. Home screens, widgets, plethora of choices with hardware, elegance and Google support. That is android. What is iOS?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 00:05

147. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


And how much RAM does the iPhone has? I guess it's no more than a single GB RAM. Old as hell. Apple is trying to dream on 64 bit architecture while they have only 1 GB of RAM.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:13 11

22. noler (Posts: 152; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Lagdroid fanboys will be sad.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:24 22

53. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


That's not true actually...Android doesn't have the lag anymore...:)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:29

103. user996 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


don't be so sure

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:48 3

76. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Over what? Just because the iPhone was improved doesn't mean people who don't own one should be sad for what they do own.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:12 2

91. Dr.Phil (Posts: 818; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Considering Intel is creating 64 bit processors to be released in smartphones beginning next year, I don't think they will be sad.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 00:03

146. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


What actually iOS has for us android fans to get upset? Nothing.. So we aren't sad. iOS was is and will be the same Mr. Steve jobbs iOS.....................icons.....................​....icons........................................i​cons............................icons.............​............and........icons......................​.....

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 00:11

148. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


What actually iOS has for us android fans to get upset? Nothing.. So we aren't sad. iOS was is and will be the same Mr. Steve jobbs iOS.....................icons.....................​​....icons......................................​..i​cons............................icons.......​......​............and........icons.............​.........​.....icons............................​.....................icons........................​....................icons.........................​................icons........
FACE IT PEOPLE. DON'T FACEBOOK IT...!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:16

30. saurabh9022 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


apple iphone 5c and 5s appears on store checkout

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:23 5

50. brrunopt (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


its 40x faster CPU performance and 56x faster GPU over THE FIRST IPHONE, over the iphone 5

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:30 3

60. brrunopt (Posts: 244; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


* not over the iphone 5

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:55 4

85. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6616; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So basically 2x faster than the iPhone 5, which is the typical speed boost of every new model.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:31

62. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah that was a surprise...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:11 1

118. akki20892 (Posts: 2652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


First time I\'m impress with apple with this innovation.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:18 1

122. rd_nest (Posts: 605; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


ARM A15 already have 40bit Large Physical Address Extensions (LPAE) for quite sometime now. Allows for 1TB of memory. Have you seen anyone making any use of that?

Frankly no app is going to make use of 4GB memory or 64-bit data depth. Even MS recommends to use 32-bit excel if you have a workspace less than 2GB. Unless you have some scientific applications requiring access to more than 32bit of data, what are you going to do with 64-bit?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 23:49

142. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Does anyone know what's the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit? I guess no one knows.That's Y they are getting impressed where they shouldn't be.32 bit means apps can access maximum of 4 GB of ram at once. 64 bit means it can access way much more ram at once.But it's obvious there is no phone in the world has 4 GB ram. Note 3 also has only 3 GB only. So what's the use of this 64 bit in smartphones at the moment? As computers have much more ram than 4 GB it's important to computers.64 bit or 32 bit both have the same CPU access thus same processing power.The thing is Apple has nothing to innovative.Thus they just jumped a huge leap but no use from that. Android will eventually come to the 64 bit architecture with the RAM more than 4 GB and enough application support. That's how it should develop.But this Apple stunt effect only to simulate consumers to buy the iPhone 5s. Poor iPhone loyal fans.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:06

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1071; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Congrats?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:06 2

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I'd like to hear from the android fans..... ;-)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:06 4

4. Commentator (Posts: 2180; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


FRAG-MENT-ATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Like how I fragmented that up for you? I personally think it was a pretty nice touch, in my inflated self-opinion.)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:16

28. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Alright.... 1 question..... Does the S stand for speed and significant improvements or same? Be honest

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:39 1

68. Commentator (Posts: 2180; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I don't know what it actually stands for (like Harry S Truman it could just stand for "S" for all I know). What I do know is that 64-bit is pretty impressive and cool, and Android fans are going to be yelling "fragmentation" from now on because of it.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:31 1

105. user996 (Posts: 162; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


what "S" stands for for Galaxy S4 ????

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:20 1

41. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


"The foundation needs to be built on something." -General Zod, Man of Steel

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:09 6

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Looks like Apple finally caught up to Android circa 2009 - 2010. Remember all the talk of Android's fragmentation?!?

Is Apple really that far behind Android now? This is just amazing to me.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:11

15. Commentator (Posts: 2180; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


They must've decided it was a good thing after all. 1 billion activations over 4+ years can't be wrong, right?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:17 11

31. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I tell you history just keeps on repeating & repeating.

So if you want the best games on Apple's App Store, you are forced to have an Apple iPhone 5S, because of fragmentation those games won't work on the iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3S & so on.

Wasn't THIS what made Android inferior to Apple.... as per the Apple fans?!?!?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:21 3

47. Ninetysix (Posts: 1071; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Yes. Go ahead and run Crysis on your Pentium III computer. LOL

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:24 3

55. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What are you talking about..... lol

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:26 2

56. Ninetysix (Posts: 1071; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You are confusing fragmentation and hardware limitation.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:33 4

64. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Thanks....

Fragmentation within it's own ecosystem. Now all apps are not usable across all Apple products, INCLUDING iPods also, NOT just iPhones & iPads.

That's whats implied. lol

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:38 4

67. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


SAE what the heck are you talking about? no one will suffer as an apple user.

a person that has a 2 or 3 year old iphone can upgrade now.

a person that has an iphone 5 can still use the 64-bit apps.

you guys couldn't wait to pounce on these articles... take a moment if you will and count how many android fans are commenting... people that really enjoy apple products arent even posting. you guys are straight trolling and ruining it for people who want to share their excitement about the event.

smh

lol

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:23 6

97. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am just ruffling feathers. I am an American & I just can't get down with Apple. I never have & never will, I don't like their tactics, business model & their overall arrogance.

To me I just like Google's style & way of business. To me they are the true innovators & their way of business come off a fresh & new.

Apple is losing ground to Android & the Apple iPhone 5S & 5C DEFINITELY won't help on that front. I was expecting more just for the betterment of the mobile world. I am disappointed in Apple & I am no fan of them.

+1

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 22:42

138. heyhi (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


no man...only PUNYPOOP trolls.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:30 4

61. parvsingh05 (Posts: 92; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


dude android dsnt even give software updates to 6 months old smartfones,
u make no sense, looks like u just wanted to give anti-apple comment for heck of it. 3 years old iphone din have that fast processor to play games like infinity blade 3 ets
apple believes in giving great experience, unlike android. who dont even think of giving quality or great user experience.

if apple dsnt put better processor u guys says its bad apple . if they do den den u say its fragmentation. serioussly man

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:37 4

66. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No that was the SAME argument Apple fans told us Android fans forever ago. If it's good you Apple fan's then, then it's good for Android fans to do the same.

Right?!?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:54 1

84. parvsingh05 (Posts: 92; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


see the issue wid android was ( i mean is ) about updating months old fone wid latest os version, unlike apple whoz apple iphone 4 will get ios 7(though few features) but still compare it wid android, ok take ur name for example, remember htc evo 4g which launched in 2010 before ip4 launch. will it get kitkat update? it din even get jelly bean. this was that SAME argumnt apple fans told android fans forever ago. and it still persist.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:12

120. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


that's really not a fair fight. apple has the tradition of using last-gen as mid-ranger. so *new* iphone 4 are still being shipped as of today. they can't just abandon *current* devices, can they? whereas evo 4g has been discontinued for about 2 years, no one actually thinks it's relevant.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:48 4

77. JonBjSig (Posts: 175; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I had a hard time reading this.

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