Apple’s 64-bit chip ‘gimmick’ is about to deliver a huge blow to the iPhone wannabes

“When Apple launched the iPhone 5s in late 2013, it sported a special 64-bit processor that was unlike anything seen on a mobile device. At the time, many said the feature wasn’t really needed, with Qualcomm going as far as calling the chip a ‘marketing gimmick,’ before retracting that statement,” Chris Smith reports for BGR. “Since then, all of Apple’s competitors have released 64-bit mobile processors of their own, including Qualcomm… except now things aren’t going exactly as planned for the Snapdragon chipset maker.”

The Korea Times has learned that the Snapdragon 810, which should come with the Galaxy S6, LG G4 and plenty of other flagship Android handsets later this year, is facing several performance issues that might significantly push back the launch of these devices,” Smith reports. “‘An uncontrollable limitation of processing speed to prevent overheating has been pointed out. According to the mobile chipset benchmark Geekbench, the Snapdragon 810 had a serious ‘throttling’ problem that forcibly limits the graphic processing performance when it overheats,’ The Korea Times reports.”

“Three J.P. Morgan analysts confirmed these issues, according to Barrons,” Smith reports. “To fix the issues, Qualcomm might need to come up with a different version of the Snapdragon 810, which could delay the launch of several top Android flagship phones by three full months.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple is on its second generation 64-bit processors (A8 and A8X, following the breakthrough A7) and also its 2nd 64-bit mobile operating system while the fragmandroid brigade continues to struggle to come up with even a half-assed answer.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “jpbeads13” for the heads up.]

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  1. Probably another reason why Google glossed over the fact that Lollipop has 64-bit compatibility. They knew that there wasn’t a processor that could fully handle it.

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