Apple’s astonishing 64-bit A7 leaves Android iPhone wannabes in the dust

“‘The move to 64-bit has been years in the making. But we did it because we wanted to put desktop-class processing power in the palm of people’s hands.’ – Apple iPhone 5s design web page [emphasis added]. This statement is astonishing, in part because of the technological move, but even more so in that the typically play-it-close-to-the-chest Apple seems to have tipped their hand as to their future plans.,” J. M. Manness writes for Seeking Alpha.

“Apple refers here to their new A7 processor found in the iPhone 5s that was released last month. This is the very first 64-bit processor cell phone. It is a major technological advance, and is truly something to be proud of,” Manness writes. “The 5s competes against phones using Android by Google, led by Samsung, and WP8 by Microsoft led by their new acquisition, Nokia… Aside from geek’s techno-babble, what is the significance of the A7? There are immediate implications in the smartphone wars and broader, industry shaking implications.”

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Manness writes, “If Apple can boost its upcoming chip to real desktop performance, and starts producing desktop and laptop computers with this technology, it will be yet one more revolution in the computer industry that will have fall out for many companies.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Choke on it, thieving 32-bit antique dealers.

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  1. Not trying to be a smarta$$ here, I’m genuinely curious about this as I’m currently using an iPhone 4S and I am considering moving up to an iPhone 5s … are there currently any apps that the A7 drastically improves the performance of? I would think there would be a noticeable improvement in the iWork apps as Apple has redesigned them to take advantage of the A7, but are there other apps our there that are taking advantage of the greater processing power? Or is there just a general, overall “snappiness” improvement?

    1. Follow the link to the article. There is the example of FRAX app which is +90%. But that is a very compute intensive app which are the types that will most benefit – as do highend games. Other apps will see less improvement.

      One of the comments notes that the 5s seems much more responsive than his 5 – a lot less jump than yours. Also you will have the TouchID and a much better camera.

      Good luck!

  2. Can you imagine samsung making those chips with out knowing what was on the file Apple gave them to imprint the SI Waffles? and finally discover ti at the time apple presented the new iPhone?

    1. I’ve been relishing the image of the smug grins suddenly wiped off the faces of a boardroom full of Samsung execs as they learnt how thoroughly Apple pulled off the sneak — this, after deking them with the planted iWatch rumours.

    1. “Will the A7 be able to use other OS’s???”

      Yes – in theory, but only Apple has a 64 bit mobile operating system at the moment and Google doesn’t seem interested in going 64 bit just yet.

      It’s possible that Samsung might try to get another OS such as Tinzen working as a 64 bit OS, but that would be quite a challenge to do well.

      My guess is that Samsung will try and come up with some sort of fudge where they can use the words ’64 bit’ without actually running a true 64 bit operating system. Doing that would only be of value as a fig leaf for Samsung’s supporters, who would be able to claim that they have 64 bits too, but they would have to try and gloss over the fact that it isn’t actually as fast as an iPhone – even on rigged benchmark tests.

    2. As a part of the agreement apple has with samsung to manufacture their chips, apple has exclusive access to put the file in the computer that “prints” the stencil that makes the “Photograph” of the chip. So apple loads the file, prints the stencil, makes the first run and they it takes everything away.
      Samsung could just copy the stencil, but has to decode a lot of circuitry and it is time consuming.
      It is easy to just do a backward engineering job in apple’s chips.

  3. This post is for the people on this site who are interested in Apple (not other topics).

    It seems to me that if Apple sold a CPU-less monitor and keyboard that was run wirelessly by an iPhone, a lot of people would be interested in getting that for their iPhone/iPod touch owning kids.

    It would be much cheaper than buying a second laptop and the kids stuff would be on their phone wherever they went.

    The devil would be in the details, but why does their need to have more than one “desktop class” processor per person when they already have one in their pocket?

    I personally would like a cheaper iPad too, that is really a second interface to my iPhone. Why pay for two CPUs and two cell data plans when my fingers can only touch one device at a time anyway.

    1. Good idea, I like it. Apple is due to announce something new. I’ve read so many good ideas from readers lately, it’d be nice to see which one is right or if we’ll just see another incremental update show again. Will there be a watch, hybrid tablet/laptop of some sort, a larger iPad?? Don’t know, but it does make for good fun and keeps things I interesting. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  4. How were Android phones iPhone wannabes? I think Android phones are really unique. Unlike iPhone Android actually caters to the tinkerer,the hardworking person without much money who wants a cool phone,the person with big hands or a person can’t see a small screen and so on.Apple likes to ignore most markets and just focus on one which isn’t bad per we but a lot of those ignored markets want tech too and there’s were Android steps in.
    (PS: I know jailbreaking is tinkering but I’m taking about tinkering that doesn’t void your warranty.)

    1. Yet ‘tinkering’ with Android requires rooting the phone. Rooting the phone voids your warrenty. That’s regardless of no connection between the phone problem and the rooting.

      My sister’s Android phone used up almost all the internal storage with useless built-in apps she didn’t want. The only way to remove them? Root the phone.

      We rooted it. A week later, it simply decided to stop charging. Nothing odd installed, nothing odd removed. Just a built in propietary Facebook app and music app.

      The carrier declared it void of warrenty, despite being only two months old, because we rooted it. So much for the vaunted Android ‘freedom’.

      Worse yet, unlike Apple devices, where a jailbroken item can simply be factory restored by iTunes, Androids lack that ability.

      I can tinker far more fearlessly with my Apple devices.

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