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  • Apple Unveils 64-Bit iPhone 5S

    Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 5S, touting the device as the first smartphone in the world to present a 64-bit desktop-class chip.

    It's the "most forward-thinking phone we've ever created," Phil Schiller announced, although the design looks largely indistinguishable from the iPhone 5.

    However, the iPhone 5S is a huge leap forward in mobile computing performance.

    "The team has carefully considered every detail. It IS the gold standard," Schiller asserted, confirming that the device contains the the A7 chip, which is a remarkable 64-bit chip. The new processor includes over 1 billion transistors.

    Impressively, the CPU performance available with the iPhone 5S is 40 times faster than the original iPhone.

    While there's still no NFC, there is an M7 motion co-processor that measures motion data, which makes possible an entirely new slate of health and fitness apps (we will see a ton of these in short order, I'm sure).

    The refreshed camera has a 5-element Apple designed lens with f/2.2 aperture. According to Schiller, iOS 7 is designed to capitalize on the new camera, as it automatically sets white balance, exposure level, etc.

    The integrated camera app even serves up "Burst Mode," which can capture up to 10 frames per second. The A7 chip analyzes the burst shots and determines which is best. The upgraded camera also delivers slow-motion video capture capabilities at 120 frames per second (in 720p high-def.).

    Stay with MMi as more details emerge from the iPhone 5S presentation.

    Sources: Apple, CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Unveils 64-Bit iPhone 5S started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Scheuerle View Post
      A record of my fingerprint on a device that stores and sends data... Wow that sounds like a smashing idea!
      How about we all just agree to get barcodes tattooed on our foreheads, it would be so much easier.
      Hadn't thought about that but it's a solid point.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scheuerle View Post
      A record of my fingerprint on a device that stores and sends data... Wow that sounds like a smashing idea!
      How about we all just agree to get barcodes tattooed on our foreheads, it would be so much easier.
      You're pretty ignorant.
    1. daviedave's Avatar
      daviedave -
      boring, excited for Note 3

      Quote Originally Posted by asmacumber View Post
      Oh, so a fingerprint scanner and 64-bit processing aren't ground breaking? No other phone has anything like it, and 64-bit architecture is truly special. Saying it's not ground breaking tells me you don't know what that upgrade really means.

      Jesus H. ... I'm really not sure what people expect from their phones. THEIR DAMNED PHONES! It is a phone, people ... a phone that does amazing things that just 5 years ago would have seemed magical and awe inspiring. What more does anyone want? Should it wipe your butt for you? Should it be able to tell you someone is going to call you 5 minutes before they call? What exactly is it we need? A built in space telescope maybe? Or should it double as a taser? What does it take to satisfy internet peoples and fulfill their warped senses of entitlement?

      "Oh, no! It looks like the last one!"

      Well holy crap ... most phones look identical anyway. Some are longer. Some are skinny. Some slide. But overall it's a black (or white) slab with some sort of shiny button or 2 and a screen. Some screens are bigger, some are smaller. But at the end of the day they all look very similar. Maybe they should add some retro, 50's style car fins to it. That would placate the hipsters out there (or a beard comb, maybe. That would surely be a hit with that crowd.) Or, I know, a "snark" button that the internet trolls can hit to make instant, auto-generated sarcastic posts to their favorite sites! I'm sure that one would be a huge hit here ...

      My advice ... put your first-world problems in your pocket for a while and loosen up. And then ask yourself what it is you're really missing in this life that you're trying to replace with one techno whiz-bang or another ...

      A lot of us here live in the 1st world, job growth isn't as fast as we'd hoped and most of think we shouldn't get involved in Syria. And yeah, by the way we still like "fancy" things like smartphones. Heck even underdeveloped countries love smart phones and spend a greater proportion of their income on these devices. Offering more affordable choices for these people would be nice, and money hungry corporations have filled their need with cheaper yet highly functional Android phones.

      I think people are expecting more features out of their smartphones to justify upgrading. The upgrades from Samsung Note 2 to Samsung Note 3 are impressive. For me the upgrades from Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 3 are incredible. But the smartphones apple are putting out aren't innovative anymore.

      I used to be a hardcore Apple fan, I still love my MacBook Air, but a lot us have this feeling that if Steve Jobs didn't pass away...

      1. his family would be happy
      2. the world would have an amazing innovator
      3. the iPhone 5S and 5C wouldn't be so ******

      Just my 0.02