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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: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Now this is more interesting!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:11 10

14. tahnik (Posts: 189; 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: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


can anyone explain what does it actually means ?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:13 11

22. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Lagdroid fanboys will be sad.

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, 13:21 15

46. abdane (Posts: 494; 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, 13:23 5

50. brrunopt (Posts: 742; 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, 13:24 22

53. tahnik (Posts: 189; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


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

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:30 3

60. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


* not over the iphone 5

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:31

62. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah that was a surprise...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:32 15

63. infinitemethod (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


What lag?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:43 12

71. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; 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: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well then....enjoy your lag :)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 13:47 4

75. bon24x7 (Posts: 210; 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, 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, 13:55 4

85. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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, 14:01 5

88. Finalflash (Posts: 3431; 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, 14:09 8

90. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


s4 lag

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:12 2

91. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1524; 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 10 Sep 2013, 14:14 1

92. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


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

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, 14:27 1

100. user996 (Posts: 219; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


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

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:29

103. user996 (Posts: 219; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


don't be so sure

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:32 14

107. .KRATOS. (Posts: 379; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Ive seen iPhone lag also so...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 14:33

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


Oh Snap!

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, 15:08 4

117. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


But not HTC One.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 15:11 1

118. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; 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: 1653; 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, 15:56

126. mattkl (Posts: 215; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


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

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