iPhone, iPad also-rans struggle to realize Apple’s 64-bit mobile computing achievement

“Apple’s A7 chips will feel some 64-bit heat from Intel and Android next year,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup, if they’re from Intel, they’re sure to run quite hot.

“Intel is readying a 64-bit Bay Trail Atom platform for Android, according to Hermann Eul, Intel’s general manager, mobile and communications group, speaking at the company’s investor day on Thursday,” Crothers reports. “An assistant then proceeded to demo on stage ‘the first ever showing of a 64-bit kernel running on Bay Trail with Android.’ Eul continued, ‘We have 64-bit Windows shipping next quarter and, needless to say, we’ll run fast to make this happen on Android as well.'”

Apple's revolutionary 64-bit iPhone 5s
Apple’s revolutionary 64-bit iPhone 5s

“Today, Android on smartphones and tablets is a 32-bit affair,” Crothers reports. “A 64-bit platform can allow data-intensive applications to handle large chunks of data more efficiently than 32-bit — and that can have implications in gaming, for instance. Intel won’t be alone, though, making a run at Apple. A report earlier this month said Samsung will launch a flagship smartphone with a 64-bit CPU in 2014.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple also-rans. Late to the party. As usual.

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  1. I think the best part is Crothers admits that there are advantages to 64 bit even without 4 gigs of RAM. Probably because they know the first 64 bit Android phones won’t have that much RAM. This proves Android is feeling heat now. Sometime next year Android developers can start writhing 64 bit code; like they have been for a year on iOS. Is this a x86 chip? They said they have been running Win 8.1, I believe that is x86 not ARM. I didn’t think Android was for x86. If I’m right than that is another version of Android. No mater what they say Apple is ahead now, and it won’t be hard to stay in the lead. Maybe next year Android will have easy use anti theft software also too.

  2. I am not programming savvy, but recently read that Android will easily move to 64 bit because of its Linux, I believe, core and most Android apps will immediately be able to use it because of their architecture. I don’t know enough to evaluate the claim, but thought I would pass it along.

    1. They’ve all been shown the way. Now it’s just who can do it as good as Apple has implementing the subsystem. Unless they’ve already been working on this for a considerable amount of time, it won’t be at all easy getting anything worthwhile out there next year. Engineering trade studies, and down-selecting the options takes considerable time, especially if you have to prototype a proof of concept. Then you find out what doesn’t work as planned and refine it. Or do as Samsung would, just copy it 100% and pay lawyers because developing new systems is more expensive than paying lawyers and fines.

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