That the new iPhone 5S is packed with 64-bit A7X chip is already a major breakthrough, a new report said, likely paving the way for the same chip architecture to be found on the iPad 5 and the Retina-laced iPad Mini 2 on release date.
The feat, according to CNET, is an Apple exclusive, adding that other mobile device makers will have to wait until the latter part of 2014 to get hold of the same processing chip technology.
"The Apple A7 is the first processor from any company to implement the new 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set," CNET reported Linley Group analyst Linley Gwennap as saying.
How come Apple was able to include 64-bit computing capabilities with the 5S when "ARM's own 64-bit designs are not scheduled for commercial production until 2014?"
Forward-looking as it is, the tech giant decided not to wait for the ARM serving and went ahead in developing or customising its own 64-bit CPU, Mr Gwennap told CNET.
And the likelihood is, upcoming iOS devices, the two iPads and the iPhone 6 including, will be boasting of the same powerhouse. How does this translate to the average Apple fans? The succeeding sentences should provide some clarifications:
64-bit at the moment is more of future-proofing
The current mobile device environment is far from being 64-bit optimised. As mentioned, ARM, which licences the chip technology employed by some 90 per cent of mobile device makers, is not yet ready with a ready-to-use CPU of the same class.
The earliest rollout for this chip is likely the second half of 2014, CNET said.
Apple is all set up for the 64-bit standard
Not only that the tech giant has included top-notch components with the iPhone 5S, it also prepared the iOS 7 to fully embrace 64-bit. That means everything about the new mobile platform, foremost of which the Apple native apps, are ready to dance away with the new beat.
This was done, Apple said, to easily encourage app developers to make the jump and to provide the transition from 32-bit as smooth as possible.
64-bit is not a universal thing, at least not on the onset
Ideally, the standard makes for faster and more efficient computing - better graphics rendering and more data processing with the shortest time possible. However, as Apple has admitted, the smooth transition will all depend on how developers can quickly catch up with its in-house innovations.
So even with 64-bit already in place for the Apple system, getting the same juice from third-party apps will have to wait for awhile.
iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 will (likely) be on A7X
There is no way to go for other iOS devices but to take on the 64-bit route so the same standard should be expected of the fifth-generation iPad and the iPad Mini 2. For sure, the significant upgrades that Apple will deploy with the two slates are better suited with the more advanced instruction set.
Release date for both the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 with Retina are supposed to happen between October and November 2013.
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