Apple’s new iPhone 5s is the world’s first and only 64-bit smartphone – and it will be king of the hill for quite some time

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. The basic fundamental of “To 64 bit or not to 64 bit” is the fact that if a computer is not a Mac or an Apple inc. product, then you have only one option. Windows whatever version! Is there any room for Android on Windows whatever the version? I strongly doubt it.
    So Android goes 64 bit sometime in the future, does it mean that there will be a convergence of Android on a mobile and Android on a PC? If so, will they be compatible with each other let alone with other brands of android handsets made by other brands of OEM’s?
    Meanwhile, M$ who have licensed some of Apple incs IP will have the capacity to converge their mobile OS with their desktop OS but will be lagging way far behind Apple inc. to be a threat to Apple.

    That is why I would agree with this article.

  2. And just like it is happening right now with frandroid, even when they change the the CPU and OS to 64 bits, the frandriod developer community will take years to change their application to all versions of android 64 bits and all handset models, and worst of all, the poor android users, will take decades to get up to the latest version like it is happening right now, laters version of frangdroid is in a very small number of users.

  3. Android users don’t buy an ecosystem. They buy a crappy phone that they expect to use like a feature phone for a few years and then upgrade. They don’t buy software, they don’t buy content, they shop at Walmart. They don’t know what 64-bit means. Tell them you’ve got a 64-bit smartphone and they’re likely to laugh at you and say they’ve got a 64 Gigabit smartphone. They’re not on the same plane. Seriously. Surely you’ve seen them? Ask them what does it mean to have a 64-bit OS. They’ll stare at you blankly while they listen to music on their iPod because they don’t know they can listen to music on their Android handset.

      1. So you are saying they are like people who buy windows pcs then. They only know about the pain of running windows and do not think of switching to a mac for ease of use.

    1. No offense, but this is one if the dumbest, worst thought out comments I’ve ever heard.

      “Android users don’t buy an ecosystem.”
      Many Android users do buy into an ecosystem. Why do you think Google Play sells apps, books, magazines, TV shows, and movies? It’s a nearly identical ecosystem to what Apple has with iTunes.

      “They buy a crappy phone that they expect to use like a feature phone for a few years and then upgrade”
      Most Android phones, while cheaply built and plastic are very capable devices. What makes you say that an person who buys and Android phone expects to use them like a feature phone? Honestly, I’ve see far more Android users use their phones like smartphones. Most iPhone users I’ve seen barely know how to use their iPhones. They never use them for PIM functions, very rarely browse the internet, use useful apps, or even use functions such as navigation. Every time I’m with friends who use iPhones, I notice most can barely use a program like Yelp to find a good restaurant or give me driving directions to a location while I’m driving. The vast majority of iPhone users buy them because they’re a fad and a fashion statement.

      “They don’t buy software, they don’t buy content”
      Yet another incredibly baseless and ignorant statement. While Apple’s app store still beats Google Play in App revenue, Google Play has seen more downloads in the last quarter. Google Play also has an extensive collection of movies, TV shows, and reading material as previously mentioned.

      “they shop at Walmart.”
      So you’re going to insult Android users with yet another baseless comment? Is this a jab at the socioeconomic status of Android users? Where do you shop? Comments like this show what a shallow jerk you are.

      “They don’t know what 64-bit means. Tell them you’ve got a 64-bit smartphone and they’re likely to laugh at you and say they’ve got a 64 Gigabit smartphone”
      Sounds like you’re talking about the typical Apple user here. It probably makes you incredibly upset to admit that but you know its true.

      “They’re not on the same plane. Seriously. Surely you’ve seen them? ”
      You’re not on the same plane either, buddy.

      “Ask them what does it mean to have a 64-bit OS”
      Chances are they’ll tell you and get the response quite right.

      “They’ll stare at you blankly while they listen to music on their iPod because they don’t know they can listen to music on their Android handset.”
      Have you ever even used an Android smartphone? Loading music on an Android device is not that difficult.

    2. How does it feel sucking Apple’s giant cock while Steve Jobs’ corpse fucks you from behind?

      Apple-loving faggots like you should die. It’s like you have no awareness of what happens in the world, at all. You’re the epitome of ignorance.

  4. Basically, Apple forces the big players to upgrade to 64bit, thereby intensifying the fragmentation to a new level!

    This is such a great “chess move” by Apple. Tim is a silent killer, do not mock him…

      1. With the android fragmentation, Apple is playing Chess, while the other Android device makers are playing Go Fish, with the developers, saying “Got Any IceCreamSandwiches? No? Go fish!” In the meantime, Apple, in its Chess game, is elevating almost all of its minor pieces to Queens. . . capable of running iOS 7.

  5. Let’s see… it took developers almost a year and counting (including MDN) to update to the iPhone 5 display! How fast do you think developers would upgrade to 64 bit?

    Next up… Apple FORCED developers 10 months later that all new updates MUST be written for iPhone 5 display.

    So don’t think developers will rush out to write 64 bits vs enlarging it for the bigger displays!

    Got that? It’s clear. It’s evident. It’s REAL!

    Ps It is still a dual core with same RAM! LAME.

    1. RAM is not a big factor if 64 bit chips don’t need to access RAM anywhere near as often as 32 bit chips have to do in order to function properly.

      64 bit chips aren’t necessarily twice as fast but they certainly can have twice the resolution and twice the objects in a high end game scene.

  6. Progress is inevitable and Apple is setting the stage with the 64 bit iOS which is very similar to OS X and easy to port over.

    As I said earlier, do not be surprised if an iPhone will be able to drive a large external screen real soon!

  7. A powerful processor will speed up content searching, applications and gaming but without increasing screen size, it defeat the purpose of having the 64 but processor. On the contrary, If apple uses a bigger screen size and maintaining the same processor, it sales would be exponential . Unfortunately, apple didnt seem to listen.

  8. While I realize that 64 bits has to happen at some point, am I the only one that sees this switch to 64 bits as a form of fragmentation? Now developers have to be aware of 32 vs 64 bit issues in their code.

  9. This is downright hilarious! frandroid users are going to be lagging behind for so long now and us smart iPhone owners can proudly continue with the best of the best hardware software and company. I can’t believe frandoid users actually trying to defend their device, it’s like they’ve never used an iPhone! I’ve never had my iPhone crash, freeze, or lag, but almost every time one of my acquaintances (I can’t call such idiots my friends) who uses a frandroid device trys to use it I watch them have to wait for it to start whatever app they want to run and not to mention they can’t even smoothly transition between screens! I have an acquaintance who calls himself some sort of computer wizard, he says his $am$ung galaxy s4 is the best phone to get but apparently has some extra “bloatware” touchsizzle thing on it! My iPhone never had such stuff lol. So then he goes on to say how he removed it and had to reinstall the entire system just to get it off, then he had to install somy cyan-gen-mod to get his battery to last any respectable time (I still have never seen any frandroid device make it through the day, my iPhone happily goes for hours though) and also that cyan thing is supposed to make it lag less, and it helps but still doesn’t have the pure fluid experience that iOS has. I really feel sorry for frandriod users in their poor delusions about their phone.

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