Don't swallow Apple's marketing lines that 64-bit chips magically run software faster than 32-bit relics. What the A7 in the iPhone 5S does do, though, is pave the way for Apple's long-term future.
iPhone 5S may go gold and move up to 64-bit computing, according to an analyst.
The company's move to a 64-bit chip is necessary. And it's meaningful that Apple got there first.
ARM tells CNET that the shift to 64-bit devices is taking place faster than expected. Part of the reason is that even 32-bit code runs faster on ARM's newest 64-bit chips.
Through the use of a new software layer called ART, software on the upcoming "L" version of Android will run faster.
A source tells Bloomberg that Google is "considering" designing its own ARM-based server chips. It's possible, but Intel need not panic just yet.
Developers are variously enthusiastic and skeptical about the benefits of 64-bit mobile programming, but plenty expect gains from other features in the Apple A7 chip that will arrive in flagship iPhones on Friday.
In an in-depth interview, Henry Samueli predicts a lot more bits in our future with multigigabit Wi-Fi, LTE, and home broadband. Moore's Law is a tougher challenge, but Broadcom plans high-end CPUs, too.
A detailed look at the Frax app's 90 percent performance boost on the iPhone 5S shows why Apple's A7 chip isn't a marketing gimmick -- even if the advantages aren't strictly because of a 64-bit design.
Analyst Linley Gwennap explains the development Apple's A6 in the iPhone 5.