iPhone 5S’ A7 SoC rumored to bring 64-bit support, 31% speed boost, but no quad-core

Autore: ExtremeTech

It’s been nearly a year since the introduction of Apple’s A6 SoC, so the recent rumors surrounding the launch of the iPhone 5S and its A7 chip next month is making the whole internet begin to froth at the mouth. Not only are we supposedly going to see a substantial CPU speed boost over the A6 processor, but sources indicate that Apple is finally making the switch to a 64-bit CPU in its mobile devices. While it likely won’t make much of a difference right off the bat, this does set the stage for faster apps and more memory down the road.

Fox’s Clayton Morris recently claimed that we’ll see a 31% increase in speed over the iPhone 5′s A6, but that alone is nothing to write home about. Apple’s next chip will obviously be faster, but what else can it do? 9to5Mac is reporting that while the A7 won’t make the jump to a quad-core CPU, it will feature a 64-bit processor. That, in and of itself, is something to get excited about.

64-bit processors, now the standard on desktops and laptops, do have speed advantages. Applications specifically written to take advantage of 64-bit CPUs can see a nice increase in performance. For example, when Handbrake released a 64-bit version, users saw a speed boost of 10-15%. More importantly, 64-bit CPUs are capable of addressing more than 4GB of RAM. In the coming years, smartphones and tablets will undoubtedly need more than 4GB of RAM, so it’s smart for Apple to start making the transition now when most devices still only ship with 1 or 2GB of RAM. By the time iPhones start shipping with 6 or 8GB of RAM, at least some apps will be optimized to take advantage of the additional memory.

A6X While the iPhone 5S will likely stick with a dual-core CPU, there’s no telling what Apple might do with the A7X for the iPad line. When the first Retina iPad was announced, Apple flaunted its quad-core GPU built into the A5X SoC — designed to help drive the huge 2048×1536 display. If Apple wants the 9.7-inch iPads to remain at the top of the tablet market, this year might be the perfect time to include a quad-core CPU in the A7X as well. Since the full-sized iPad has such a gargantuan space for its battery, the increased power draw of quad-core chips could certainly be easier to compensate for. With any luck, Apple’s top-notch engineers will have something truly compelling to show us next month.

Apple has been relatively low-key in 2013, so expectations are running very high for the upcoming annual iPhone announcement. We’re hearing new information about the iPhone 5S and 5C every day, and speculation is running rampant. After a year of lackluster stock performance, September’s event is clearly Apple’s best opportunity to turn the tides in its favor.

Now read: Apple reportedly moving A6X and A7 SoCs from Samsung to TSMC – it’s about time

7 thoughts on “iPhone 5S’ A7 SoC rumored to bring 64-bit support, 31% speed boost, but no quad-core

  1. Ovvero io vorrei trovare un modo per pagare meno l’iPhone 5 perchè in Italia costa veramente tanto! E ho visto che in svizzzera costa circa 125 euro meno che in Italia! Ecco io vorrei sapere se è possibile comprarlo sul sito dell’Apple Store svizzero e poi farlo arrivare in Italia e se poi è possibile impostare la lingua in italiano di quell’iphone proveniente dalla svizzera.. Grazie in anticipo delle risposte!

  2. Scusatemi vorrei sapere come fare ad annullare un acquisto fatto su Apple store perchè pensavo si pagasse con la sim ma invece con una carta di credito sapete come posso fare T.T Aiuto!
    Si ma solo che non posso acquistare nulla.. è quello il problema

  3. Tempo fa ho acquistato un Ipod Nano 3G, e dopo due mesi a sorpresa è uscito il 4G…Ora vorrei prendermi un Ipod Touch, c’è il rischio che tra due mesi Apple metta fuori un modello nuovo e io mi ritrovi in poco tempo con un modello obsoleto?

  4. Salve a tutti,
    Vorrei sapere se AirPort di Apple è compatibile con computer e dispositivi mobili non Apple ma ad esempio Samsung o HP ecc.

    Grazie in anticipo

  5. Esiste un applicazione simile a passport che c’è su apple che permetta per esempio di utilizzare il cellulare al posto di un abbonamento per il pulman o per passare alla metro per android?
    Grazie in anticipo :)

  6. Mi sono stati regalati per la seconda volta un iPad nero con Wi-Fi cellular da 64gb e la cover iPad smart case originale. ENTRAMBI SONO ANCORA IMBALLATI. Sono andata sul sito della Apple e facendo il calcolo, il valore complessivo è di 878€ (829€ di iPad+49€ di cover). A quanto dovrei venderli?

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