“One of the flagship features of Apple’s new iPhone 5s is that it has at its heart the 64-bit A7 chip,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet.

“Apple has scored a win here over Android handset makers. The 64-bit chips for Android devices aren’t ready, and neither is Android itself. It is likely that Android 5.0 will be the first version to fully utilize the new ARMv8 architecture,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “For now, this gives Apple a clear lead over the competition, and the gap is unlikely to the closed until 2014 at the earliest.”

Kingsley-Hughes writes, “Apple openly acknowledges that moving iOS up to 64-bit brings iOS and OS X apps much closer. Take this line from Apple’s 64-bit iOS 7 documentation: ‘The architecture for 64-bit apps on iOS is almost identical to the architecture for OS X apps, making it easy to create a common code base that runs in both operating systems.’ This could be huge.”

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