The iPhone 5S is set to be substantially faster than the iPhone 5. Supposedly the iPhone 5S will feature the brand new A7 chipset. To put that into perspective the iPhone 5 featured the A6 chipset, while the iPad 4 uses the A6X chipset, so while the A7 is only one number higher it’s actually kind of two generations higher than the chipset in the iPhone 5. That’s according to Tweets sent by Fox News Anchor Clayton Morris and caught by the Express.
However its supposed speed boost of 31% isn’t quite so impressive. Sure it’s an improvement and will likely be a noticeable one, but the A6 chipset was twice as fast as the A5, so a boost of only 31% this time around is actually a bit of a letdown if anything.
Thankfully the new chipset isn’t the only performance improvement that the iPhone 5S is likely to have, as supposedly Apple may also be putting a 64-bit CPU in the iPhone 5S (as opposed to the 32-bit architecture found in the iPhone 5). That should improve app performance- at least once apps start being written with the new processor in mind.
There also may be a separate chip in the handset dedicated to motion tracking, which along with the rumoured 13 megapixel camera and fingerprint scanner should make for a respectable upgrade from the iPhone 5 overall.
On the other hand rumours suggest that the iPhone 5S will still rely on a dual-core processor. That’s served it well enough in the past but with the faster chipset and upgrade to a 64-bit CPU it’s a little surprising that Apple didn’t also take the opportunity to up the number of processor cores and thereby bring the iPhone 5S in-line with its closest competition.
Whether all of these new rumours will turn out to be true remains to be seen, but with the iPhone 5S supposedly set to be revealed on September 10th we should know soon enough.
By Kevin Thomas on 29th August, 2013