“Less than three weeks ago, Apple’s head of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller launched the surprise introduction of the new A7, including an unusual level of technical detail during the iPhone 5s event,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for AppleInsider.

“Referring to the chip has having a ’64-bit desktop class architecture’ with a ‘modern instruction set,’ Schiller noted that new chip doubled the general purpose and floating point registers over the previous A6, and contained over 1 billion transistors in a 102mm die size,” Dilger writes. “Such figures are uncommon in Apple’s media presentations; mainstream users are unlikely to know what much of it even means.”

“The A7 isn’t just faster than the previous A6; it’s faster without requiring the additional cores and ramped up clock speeds of competing chips like Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa. That contributes to faster performance in a lighter, smaller device because it doesn’t have to pack a larger battery to power a hot, high-revving brain that rapidly drains the battery,” Dilger writes. “As a result, Apple’s iPhone 5s delivers performance equal or better performance to Samsung’s latest large phablet, despite the Note 3 being equipped with twice the system RAM, a system clock running twice as fast and a battery over twice as large (3,200 mAh vs 1570 mAh in the iPhone 5s). It’s not only faster, but vastly more efficient, allowing iPhone 5s to beat the Note 3 in battery life when browsing the web over LTE.”

Apple A7

Much more, including benchmarks, in the full article here.

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