A7 chip better suited for iPad Air, say analysts
While the incorporation of Apple's powerful 64-bit A7 chip in the iPhone 5S has been hotly debated, its use in a tablet would probably meet with less debate. Indeed, analysts agree that it would yield more benefits to the just-announced iPad Air tablet than in smartphone.
Due to the large screen, users are much more likely to multitask on their tablets than on their smartphones, says Patrick Moorhead principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, in an email to Computerworld. Moreover, the 64-bit architecture will allow tablets to go beyond 4GB of main memory and the larger number of registers could be beneficial to computationally intensive apps.
While the development tools and hardware are 64-bit ready, apps will have to be optimized and recompiled before they can take advantage of the new 64-bit architecture. Where implemented properly though, users can also expect some apps to run noticeably faster.
Ultimately, it's clear that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is positioning itself for the future. Going 64-bit on both the iPhone and iPad means that developers can now focus their attention on tweaking their iOS apps for the 64-bit environment.
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