New iPhone 5S comes in a fingerprint sensor under the home button of the handset. This is the USP of the new iPhone 5S. However, it has also got another powerful feature. The iPhone 5S is powered by an A7 processor which is a 64-bit processor. So, this is the first time for any manufacturer to offer 64-bit processor for a smartphone. What about its rival, Samsung? Well, the Korean giant is also entering the ring by working on to offer the same technology.
Spec-wise, a 64-bit processor sounds very powerful. In fact, Apple claims that the new A7 chip is two times faster than the A6 chip. Having said that, will the everyday user really notice the existence of such a powerful processor packed inside their smartphone? Recently, Samsung also announced that even they are working on a 64bit processor that will power up the next gen Galaxy smartphones. The new announcement from Samsung comes immediately after Apple released the new iPhone 5S on last Tuesday.
The shipment of iPhone 5S which is powered with A7 chip will begin from Sept 20. The iPhone 5C which was also announced on the same day, will be powered with 32bit A6 chip which is powers up the older iPhone 5. A 64-bit processor is good for playing high-end games, apps that consume tons of data, processional apps like video editing, and playing 4K HD video. All these features can arrive on next gen smartphones if only they are powered with 64bit CPU.
Samsung also claims that now that Apple is targeting Asian markets like China, even the Korean giant will put more efforts to achieve higher sales in these markets. Samsung’s move on introducing 64-bit CPU clearly indicates that the company plans to launch smartphones with advance features in the near future.
Tech analysts feel that Apple’s move of introducing 64-bit processor is a marketing ploy because still there are not many 64-bit apps available and the iPhone 5S is powered with a undersized 2GB RAM. So, analysts feel that as of now 64-bit chipset does not bring anything new to the users unless the processor is supported by higher amounts of RAM. The 64-bit processor battle among the smartphone brands will ensue only higher densities of RAM and powerful apps are introduced in the future.
Although there are not many powerful apps or hardware on iPhone 5S that will make users realize how powerful the A7 chip, the iPhone 5S is certainly running on the new iOS 7 that has been developed to work with A7 64bit processor. As of now, the latest version of Android does not support 64-bit processor. Speaking of iOS 7, the Cupertino company will be releasing the new update on Sept 18. The update will be made available to iPhone 4 and later versions.
Tech experts are of the view that Samsung’s move of launching 64bit processor certainly indicates that even the Korean tech giant wants to show that even they are ready to produce 64-bit processors even though Android which is the major operating system available on Samsung phones, is not yet built for 64-bit chip. So, again new rumors are swirling about the Android 5.0 that it will support ARMv8 design from Samsung.