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

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


source: Apple

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iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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152 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Now this is more interesting!

14. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 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

21. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

can anyone explain what does it actually means ?

144. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

152. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 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

46. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 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 :(

63. infinitemethod

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

What lag?

90. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

s4 lag

107. .KRATOS.

Posts: 437; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Ive seen iPhone lag also so...

117. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

But not HTC One.

136. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Ultra Z lag

100. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

71. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

ill take miniscule lag over a closed sytem anyday bud

74. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well then....enjoy your lag :)

93. scaryloud

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

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

75. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

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

88. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 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).

92. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

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

116. ollienightly

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Still not 4GB, so no use whatsoever

108. scaryloud

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Oh Snap!

126. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

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

145. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 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?

147. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

22. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Lagdroid fanboys will be sad.

53. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

103. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

don't be so sure

76. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

91. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

146. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 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......................​.....

148. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 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...!

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