“Apple’s A7 was a breakthrough in processing power for mobile devices,” Lou Hattersley reports for Macworld UK. “The A7 was the first ever smartphone CPU to offer dazzling 64-bit performance, and still economical enough to offer all-day battery.”

“We’re going to take a look inside the Apple A7 and see why Apple produced a chip so much more powerful than its rivals,” Hattersley reports. “The Apple A7 is undeniably powerful, but what we’re not so sure about is why. We also look at what Apple has planned for the Apple A7 processor.”

“The iPhone 5S was the first ever smartphone to ship with a 64-bit processor, and Apple claimed that the A7 chip offers desktop-class computing,” Hattersley reports. “Recent analysis has shown that this is not an idle claim; the A7 is thoroughbred amongst chipsets.”

Apple A7

“The Apple A7 is not a chip, as such, but a System on Chip (SoC) that combines multiple components into a single chip,” Hattersley reports. “Think of it as the insides of a computer (processor, graphics card, sensors) miniaturized into a single component.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. The rest follow at a great distance.

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