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64-bit Mobile: Samsung Copies Apple [Again]

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Apple’s brand spanking new iPhone 5S is built around the 64-bit A7 processor and optimized iOS 7 mobile operating system. Boom, done — Apple leads the 64-bit mobile transition. However, Samsung mobile chief J.K. Shin has popped up to say, ‘Hey, we’re cool, too.’

First off, it’s important to sweep aside the notion that Apple’s iPhone 5S and the transition to 64-bit mobile is just about marketing and offers no practical advantage — far from it.

The ability to access more RAM will definitely be necessary in the future, but it’s ARMv8’s 64-bit architecture that’ll start paying off immediately. Extra registers — tiny units of storage inside the processor — let the A7 crunch numbers more efficiently, improving performance significantly for tasks like encoding and decoding video … the new iPhone 5s will likely fly through iOS apps with an aplomb never seen before — The Verge

That said, the Korea Times is reporting that Samsung’s top mobile executive, J.K. Shin, has said that it’s high-end handsets will adopt 64-bit.

“Not in the shortest time,” Shin said. “But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality.”

Why not tomorrow? Simply put, the Android operating system doesn’t support 64-bit and Google hasn’t laid out a timeline for the delivery of 64-bit.

64-bit Mobile: Durable Advantage?

For what it’s worth, Nathan Brookwood, research fellow at the consultancy firm Insight 64, says that Apple is “nine to twelve months ahead of any Android competition.”

How important an advantage 64-bit turns out to be remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Samsung has said they will follow or, if you prefer, copy Apple.

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

What’s your take?

Via All Things D

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64-bit mobile is new innovation from Apple?
No, I think It’s not completely new innovation at all. Apple just learn from its own resource “OS X” and applied it to use on mobile device.

Arif Masyur
Arif Masyur

You would be surprised that the A7 is produced by Samsung. Haha

eAbyss
eAbyss

How is moving on to the next logical step in hardware copying Apple? You do know that 64 bit processors have been available in computers for some time now right? It was only a matter of time until they made their way into mobile devices.

Anyways, Apple won’t see any substantial performance gains for some time, possibly years.

The biggest improvement gained from the transition to a 64 bit architecture is the increase in the amount of RAM that can be addressed by an OS but iOS is nowhere near the cap for 32 bit, making that pointless. Having a 64 bit architecture actually increases the amount of RAM an OS requires, resulting in higher RAM usage and therefor less available RAM. Surprisingly the amount of RAM wasn’t increased from the paltry 1GB installed in the iPhone 5, meaning that the phone will probably run into more low memory situations running on a 64 bit architecture. Low memory equals low performance.

eAbyss
eAbyss

Apple has no innovation any more, they’re simply playing catch up. Don’t be surprised to see all of those “shit” features in future versions of iOS.

Ryan S
Ryan S

Just to let you know no one knows until now, other rumor says it’s from Taiwan company.

Lets say A7 is from Samsung, now what? it’s business.

Ryan S
Ryan S

I’ll try to read your thought

1. Same design
– Yes no doubt with that but we can’t deny that fact that other company start copying the flattened design 😉

2. Same resolution
– Yes same resolution but they increase ppi plus the retina display

Need to lists what are the improvements in new iPhone 5S?
1. Processor
2. Camera
3. Graphics

Let me know if you need more.

Ryan S
Ryan S

And it’s easy to apply? you made me laugh dude, it’s same in Touch ID yes it’s easy to say only “Touch ID” you didn’t even think how long to integrate those features :p

Sasha Pane Diaz
Sasha Pane Diaz

Android won’t be doing 64-bit anytime soon — it’s Java, which was cool/state of the art circa 1995.

jbelkin
jbelkin

Benchmarks are in – ipHone fastest smartphone ever – in some benchamrks – 100% faster than some android smartphones – mostly HTC … Samsung might not be included as they specifically wrote oveclocking instructions when running benchmarks – when caught, they pretended nothing was going on. So intstead of a better OS, they are busy writing code to ru your phone at 105% when they sense a benchmark test.

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Maybe not easy for you, but not hard to try for developer.

OSX and iOS are Unix. Right? fanboy 😛

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Java UI, C core

Ryan S
Ryan S

Apps are running Java but at least they’re now applied low level languages like Lua and more.

Ryan S
Ryan S

hahaha Fanboy? I’m an Android user dude I didn’t even own iPhone :p, now who’s fanboy here? ohh uhhh what an awkward moment.

“but not hard to try for developer” do you know how long does it take to create software like Touch ID and integrate it into the hardware and do you really think it’s easy?

Drooly Fandroids
Drooly Fandroids

One way Samsung isn’t copying Apple? Samsung people are mouth breathers…