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I love new gadget announcements. Love em. But this one (like the last) has left me a little bit underwhelmed.
I absolutely love the idea of a fingerprint sensor. An absolute necessity not just for phones but for signing into anything in my opinion.
64bit? Faster graphics? Yeah, great, but on a day to day level it won't dramatically affect me (especially since I don't play games on phones).
The motion processor seems to be a lead in into the iWatch rumours. Fitness accessories are a huge market and Apple is perfectly positioned to hit the market hard. I really do wish they had been able to announce an iWatch to shown Samsung what a real smartwatch is like (the Gears watch was such a fizzer)
The colours: No black which isn't surprising at all. MY black iphone has lost most of the pain off the beveled edge so it's natural for them to make this problem less obvious. However I feel like an old man when I see those 5C colours. Ugh. Ah well.
They were burbling about this on the news this morning - not that it's exactly news, but there you go - and the speculation is for a "entry level" iPhony 5C, in a plastic case and without Siri.
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Since there is only 2GB of RAM it seems pointless that they have a 64 bit architecture.
You probably believe that the increase from 32 bit addressing to 48/64 bit addressing allows the device to utilize more RAM. You would be correct. However another side effect is that it also allows for more general purpose registers.
I believe the iPhone 5 is using the 'Apple A6'/ARMv7-A which had 15 general purpose registers. While this new iPhone 5S is using the new 64 bit 'Apple A7'/ARMv8-A which has 31 general-purpose 64-bit registers. More registers essentially means that you can do more work. I would estimate an increase in performance of 15-25% (depending on the compiler optimizations) on this basis alone. However the ARMv8 also contains a new architecture so the end result may be as high as 25-30% increase in performance.
Collin Jasnoch wrote:
They will just by the next gadget regardless.
Apple is slow losing market ground to the competition. I am currently using the Nokia Lumia 720 which has the 'Qualcomm Snapdragon'/ARMv7.