Apple's upcoming next-generation flagship iPhone is still under wraps, but a new rumor about the A7 processor that is expected to appear in it arose on Sunday. The A7, 9to5Mac said on Sunday, will be a dual-core, 64-bit processor.
According to a tweet by Clayton Morris, cited by 9to5Mac, all that new silicon adds up to more speed. He said it is running about 31 percent faster than the A6, and is "very fast" (one would think that saying that the A7 is 31 percent faster than the A6 = very fast, without having to explicitly say it, however).
Sources are telling me the new iPhone's A7 chip is running at about 31% faster than A6. I’m hearing it’s very fast.
In terms of the silicon in the A7 itself, the new report echoed an earlier research note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that the A7 would likely be 64-bit.
Although Android has an advantage globally in terms of a host of devices, form factors and UI skins (such as Samsung's Touchwiz), that strength is also a weakness. Apple's advantage is that it is the only OEM producing iPhones (and iPads), which means that there is less fragmentation and that it is easier for Apple to update its ROMs.
It also means that when Apple makes changes to its hardware, it only has one OEM to be concerned with: itself. Compare that to a company such as Qualcomm, who makes SOC (system-on-a-chip) processors used by various OEMs, such as LG, Samsung, HTC, and more. It has to keep everyone happy, perhaps putting in a feature that Samsung wants but no one else does, while Apple can keep its silicon light and focused solely on its own hardware.
In the past, Morris tweeted that the iPhone 5S will include a new dedicated chip for motion tracking, and speculated that it would be used for a camera upgrade. We previously reported that the iPhone 5S -- or rather, iOS 7 -- could include possibly include camera software changes specific to the iPhone 5S, including a new slow-motion mode that captures 120 FPS video.
It's expected that, in addition to the new A7 processor and camera changes, the iPhone 5S will include a fingerprint sensor.
The iPhone 5C, or the colorful, plastic-shelled "lower-cost" iPhone that Apple is rumored to be making, will be -- essentially -- a 5S with a plastic shell. In other words, it will have the same or "very similar" internals as the iPhone 5, but with a plastic casing to keep the cost down.
The aforementioned analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has said that this will likely result in the iPhone 5 being discontinued, as opposed to being a lower-cost, year-old variant sold at $99 subsidized. The iPhone 5C's price is expected to be somewhere between $299 and $400 unsubsidized, to fit into markets where unsubsidized devices are the norm, not the exception.