Wednesday, May 18, 2016

iPhone 5S’s A7 chip is 31% faster, has separate motion tracking core [RUMORS]

According to sources who spoke with an anchor for Fox News Channel, the A7 chip expected to power ’siPhone 5Sis“very fast,”nrly a third faster than the A6 silicon ticking inside the current-eration iPhone 5. That’s only half the story as the reporter has also hrd there’s a separate chip inside the device devoted to motion tracking.Oh, and a prominent blogger has independently hrd claims that some of the internal iPhone 5S prototypes include a 64-bit flavor of the A7 chip. He’s also lrned a couple interesting tidbits concerning the rumored fingerprint sensor, the way it works and how it could lend itself to mobile payments integration…Fox News Channel anchorClayton Morris tweetedtoday that the A7 chip is at lst 31 percent faster than the current A6 package.Sources are telling me the new iPhone’s A7 chip is running at about 31% faster than A6. I’m hring it’s very fast.— Clayton Morris (@ClaytonMorris)August 25, 2013He also claimedthere might be a separate chip for motion sensing, a first for the iPhone.I’ve also hrd there’s a separate chip devoted to motion tracking. Should be an interesting camera upgrade.— Clayton Morris (@ClaytonMorris)August 25, 2013Morris goes on to speculate that motion sensing could be used to improve the handset’s camera performance. There may be more to motion tracking than just the camera, according toBloomberg’s profileof ’s design guru Jony Ive:Longer term, Ive also has shown interest in altering how people control their computers. He has met with makers of gesture technology that lets people navigate their gadgets by moving their hands – without touching the screen, said a personal familiar with those interactions.As for the camera, we’ve previously hrd that the iPhone 5S will sport animproved camerawithdual-LED flashand larger F2.0 aperture forbetter low-light performance, in addition to silky smooth slow-motion capture at120 frames per seconds, four times the of frames required for natural motion capture.Interestingly enough, analystMing-Chi Kuo recently wrotein a note to clients that the in-house designed A7 chip could include a64-bit ARMv8 CPU platform.I have a problem with the 64-bit claim.If is making a jump to 64-bit mobile computing, then iOS 7 should be compiled for 64-bit architecture and there’s nothing in iOS 7 Betas indiing that’s in fact the case.More importantly, the current iOS 7 SDK does not offer an option to compile appliions for 64-bit. There’s always a possibility that iOS 7 on the iPhone 5S could run existing appliions in the 32-bit mode, but I’m inclined to speculate that iOS 7 isn’t rdy yet for such a change in architecture.It’s more like the A8 processor for 2014 iOS devices will be 64-bit. Indeed, chip analystLinley Gwennap saidin September 2012 that has beenworking on a 64-bit ARMv8 chip for a 2014 launch.If spyshots are anything to go by, the A7 package carriesan model of APL0698. The A6 chip is labeled APL0598, with the iPad 4′s A6X variant carrying an APL5598 model . An increment in the first digit (APL0698 vsAPL0598) indies a brand new chip rather than a variant of the existing model.For what it’s worth, Mark Gurman of9to5Machas lrned that64-bit has been in testing.We’re told that the 64-bit processing will make animations, transparencies, and other iOS 7 graphical effects appr much more smoothly than on existing iOS Devices.As for thesapphire-protected,fingerprint-scanningHome button, Gurman hrd that users will authentie themselves into the iPhone 5S simply by holding down on the Home button rather than swiping over it, like on the Atrix and literally every smartphone that incorporates fingerprint rding.We’re also consistently hring that payments integration for the fingerprint scanner is a long-term goal, but not something happening this yr.As a source said, “think of the pass-replacing fingerprint scanner as a beta test for future ftures.”As the final piece of the puzzle, Gurman has beentold that theplastic iPhone 5Cwill essentially be“an iPhone 5 with a plastic shell,”which is consistent with whispers I’ve been hring as well.Ming-Chi Kuo hasindependently verified this, saying recently the $400-$500 iPhone 5Cwill phase out the iPhone 5 by re-packaging its internals into a plastic enclosure.This makes a whole lot sense given how significantly less expensive a polycarbonate plastic shell is in mass production compared to the exquisite two-tone glass and aluminum Unibody design of the iPhone 5.I know, it’s a lot to take in on a Sunday.Be patient as the wait will soon be over:September 10should see launch the iPhone 5S/5C, with a likelygold coloriPhone 5S option with128GB of storage.

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