updated 05:08 am EDT, Mon August 26, 2013
A7 chip could go 64-bit, motion tracking also possible for iPhone 5S
The Apple iPhone 5S A7 chip could offer a 31 percent performance boost over the current A6 chip powering the iPhone 5, according to Fox News reporter Clayton Morris. This aligns with a separate report from 9to5Mac that suggests that Apple has been testing an A7 processor that utilizes a 64-bit ARM-based architecture, up from the current 32-bit basis of the current A6 processor in the Apple iPhone 5 and previous A-series generations.
In mid-August, often accurate KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted that the Apple A7 processor could at the very least begin the transition to a 64-bit architecture that might become fully implemented in a future Apple A8 chip design. In addition to performance gains, Kuo expects that the A7 chip could also offer at least 20 percent better efficiency. It is also thought that a 64-bit architecture could offer benefits in processing the more complex animations and transparency effects that have been introduced in the forthcoming iOS 7 operating system.
Clayton Morris also indicated that his sources believe that Apple could also be incorporating some type of motion tracking technology into the iPhone 5S as well. Adding weight to this possibility is that Apple design guru Sir Jony Ive has previously articulated an interest in motion tracking technology, although whether there is any real potential in such technology being applied to smartphones is debatable. Samsung's Galaxy S4 is capable of tracking hand gestures, but critics have argued that it adds little if anything to the smartphone experience as implemented by the Korean company.