Apple is still leading the way: iPhone 5S and iOS7 have a secret weapon

“What Apple did on 10 September was to release the first operational 64-bit hardware and software ever seen in a mobile device,” John Naughton writes for The Guardian.

“Most of the media coverage of iOS 7 focused on the radically different ‘look and feel’ of the user interface, the sparseness and minimality of which was widely attributed to Jony Ive, who is now in overall charge of both hardware and software design at Apple,” Naughton writes. “This is fair enough: after all, for most people, the most important aspect of a device is its user interface. Is the thing easier to use after the latest “upgrade”? The answer for iOS 7 seems to be a qualified ‘yes.'”

Naughton writes, “But for geeks, two things about iOS 7 stand out. One is the fact that Apple could completely rewrite a complex operating system for a 64-bit environment – and ship it in a relatively bug-free state, on time. The other is the way iOS 7 solves a problem that has been bugging internet engineers for years – how to ensure that if one mode of connecting to the network fails, your device can seamlessly switch to another mode. The solution is called multi-path TCP and – guess what? – iOS 7 has it. But you’d have to read a lot of media coverage of the iPhone launch to learn that. Those who think that Apple has peaked ought to think again.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. The rest follow. As usual.

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  1. Excellent post!
    I was convinced by your superb analysis to immediately throw my iPhone in the garbage and run out to BestBuy and get a Samsung phone.
    I call it my MuthaFucka Sammy phone.
    I already have a virus and an issue with my credit card!
    I am so happy that the Supreme Tabernacle came here to show us iFools the way!
    All hail, Tabby! (you dont mind if I call you Tabby, do you? You are so like my little kitten, with your mindless boundless enthusiasm and your inability to use the bathroom!)

  2. to Tabernacle

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    1. Answers: Seldom and close to nonexistent

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      1. Yep, I’m not coming to MDN as often. I like Mac news sites and have left a few others. Oh well, I guess I’ll won’t be letting the door hit me on my way from MDN unless they moderate here and stop allowing profanity, name calling, etc. さよなら。

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  3. Back on topic…multi-path TCP should open even more Enterprise doors as they continue to close for Android (due to massive fragmentation and more importantly, security issues) and of course BlackBerry.

    64 bit iOS is icing on the cake and will keep Apple an order of magnitude ahead of the competition for years.

    This (not screen size) is true innovation.

    1. It is interesting. This feature is not something that Apple can easily advertise, it took a fair bit of effort to implement, but it will make the user experience better so they did it.

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