Apple’s A7 processor to be 31% faster and 64-bit, iPhone 5S may feature motion tracking – reports

“As Apple’s iPhone 5S event approaches, some new details about the new device’s internals are emerging. Clayton Morris has claimed on Twitter that the iPhone 5S’s A7 processor is “running at about 31% faster” than the iPhone 5′s A6 chip. The iPhone 5′s A6 chip is dual-core, and it seems like the iPhone 5S will also remain dual-core,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“However, there could be a major differentiator: 64-bit,” Gurman reports. “We’ve independently heard claims that some of the iPhone 5S internal prototypes include 64-bit processors.”

Gurman reports, “Morris has also tweeted that the iPhone 5S will include a new dedicated chip for motion tracking. He speculates that this will play into a camera upgrade. We previously reported that the iPhone 5S could include major camera software changes, including a new slow-motion mode that captures 120 FPS video. Besides a new processor and camera, the iPhone 5S will likely include a fingerprint sensor.”

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  1. I can already imagine what the tech-pundits will be saying. How Apple took a whole year just to put in a dual-core processor that’s only 31% faster and it’s just a rehash of the iPhone 5. They’ll say considering all the high-end Android devices are using quad-core processors, Apple has fallen behind the hardware curve.

    I doubt anyone will be impressed with what Apple has been doing to upgrade the iPhone. Fortunately, Apple only has to impress consumers and as long as they’re satisfied after buying the product all is well and good. Apple will certainly sell a lot of iPhone 5S units despite it not having some large display. No one in the tech community ever seems to be happy with Apple merely refining their products. They always expect completely new products for some reason.

    People have been already downplaying the reason Apple should need 64-bit processors in the iPhone. Most believe it’s totally unnecessary for a smartphone since huge amounts of memory don’t need to be accessed and apps won’t see a significant speed-up. Whatever. Some people are never satisfied.

    1. It isn’t so much that they are never satisfied. It’s more that they demonstrate a lack of imagination, and can’t recognize innovation at all.

      Let enough time pass after a sea change, and they invariably become assimilated, just like everyone else, to an altered way of life. Of course, they conveniently forget their initial dismissal of the thing that caused it.

      They change their minds in reaction to the world, rather than using their minds to change the world.

  2. Battery life is the key. What good is a multipurpose mobile device if you have to carefully ration power or regularly tether it to a wall socket or car charger? Apple has always been concerned about battery life. If it can make some major advances with the 5S and 5C, then I hope to see some hard hitting commercials in which the “competitor” shuts off part way through.

  3. I agree, few people are ever impressed by the S-model refinements. But, that doesn’t seem entirely unreasonable to me. I know I am perfectly content with just the basic improvements that they make, but I love apple…
    If I were an android user, and I was considering switching to an iPhone, I would be turned off by the smaller screen and lesser processing power. Personally, I’m always just a little sad inside when the S-model doesn’t have a few more extra features.

    1. I think the “S” version is the one to get. You get improvements over the 1st introduced model. The 4S got Siri and Maps, and a performance increase. Which would you rather have, the 4 or the 4S ? Maybe the “S” stands for Special.

      1. The article implies that the 5S would get the new chip, and the 5C would pretty much be the regular 5 in a plastic case.

        If this is the case, maybe we can read more into Apple’s roadmap. I remember earlier this year there was discussion that Apple might update the iPhone twice a year, but of course nothing happened. But I could see them releasing a new iPhone 6 in the spring, completely new design, and then six months later replaced with the 6S (slightly better internals) and 6C (cheaper plastic version).

      2. Plus you get all the # improvements that are stabilized in the S version.

        I decided long ago that I would stick to the S track and I’m happy each time. I avoid the cutting edge issues and end up with a superior product that holds it’s technical value significantly longer than the intro version.

  4. I know that Apple would only use a 64 bit processor if there was a real advantage in doing so. However I don’t know what the advantages are of using 64 bits on an iPhone. Can somebody please explain ?

    1. I feel the same way.
      AFAIK a 64-bit processor makes sense once the machine crosses the 4GB of RAM threshold since a 32-bit CPU cannot address more than that
      IOS devices are now around 1GB so the only advantage is that developers could release 64-bit applications before there is need for them.
      On the other hand applications would need to be released as fat binaries containing both the 32-bit code and its functionally equivalent 64-bit counterpart which would unnecessarily consume permanent memory space (i.e. SDD), of course the app store could be intelligent enough to deliver only the 32-bit or 64-bit code depending on the device.

  5. its not possible that we experience 64bit chip in iPhone 5s. Most of competitors had 13mpix camera for year in there devices apple will just now. iPhone is history of mobile devices.

  6. … be 31% faster with the same 32-bit apps? Or with 64-bit apps? Rumor has it there is a speed boost when you open up to extra band-width. Of course, that really only means something when you cross the 4 GB (?) threshold.
    Does anyone else remember – with some joy – a full-fledged computer with a mere 64K of RAM?

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