Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Sep 2013 18:25 UTC
Apple Apple's event is going on right now - and most of the new stuff already leaked weeks and months ahead of time. So, we're getting an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 5C, and iOS7 will be available later this month. I like the design of the 5C more than of the 5S; it's more playful, colourful - harking back to the coloured iMacs and PowerMac G3s. Too bad it doesn't come in red.

The fingerprint sensor in the 5S is interesting, but I wonder how accurate it will be in the real world; on top of that, with all the NSA news, I'm not particularly keen on Apple reading my fingerprint all the time. Supposedly, applications don't have access to it and it's not stored in the cloud, but I have little to no trust for companies.

The biggest news for me is the fact that the iPhone 5S has a new chip - the A7 - which has the honour of being the first 64bit chip inside a smartphone. iOS7 and first party Apple applications are all 64bit, and Xcode obviously supports it. While this obviously future-proofs the platform for more RAM, I wonder what other motives are involved here. ARM desktops and laptops, perhaps?

I doubt 64bit will provide much benefit today, but you have to hand it to Apple: at least they're done with the transition before it's even needed.

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RE[2]: so so
by galvanash on Wed 11th Sep 2013 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE: so so"
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In a world of Full HD, quadcore, 2 GB RAM phones the Iphone can't compare anymore.

Your falling for the marketing bullshit... I know Apple does the same thing, but Im just saying - having a slightly higher value for a particular spec does not in and of itself indicate an actual improvement.

Here are some specific arguments for the points you bring up.

1. Screen size being bigger only matters if you WANT a bigger screen - some people don't. If screen size matters to you then you are simply are not going to want an iphone, regardless of resolution. Having a smaller screen does not make a phone "lower-end" - it makes it smaller...

2. At 4", full HD resolution as a line item on the spec list means virtually nothing. "1080p" is nothing more than a pointless buzz word outside of the world of video, and on a 4" screen, in a full motion video, I doubt you could discern any difference even if they did increase the resolution to 1080p. Also, to my knowledge there is no phone on the market with a 1080p display at 4" - they are almost all closer to 5" (I think the HTC One is probably the smallest at 4.7"). Anyway, what matters is how the screen looks, and the screen on an iphone looks pretty damn good.

3. There is a reason that iphones have a specific resolution - its because of the resolution of the original iphone and the desire to allow UI elements to scale in powers of 2. If they made the phone 1080p, video might look ever-so-slightly-better (doubtful...) but apps targeting the original iphone would have looked like shit . It was a design decision, made for good reasons at the time. That said, in hindsight I think they boxed themselves into a corner with this as it will make it a challenge to go much bigger with the screen size if they ever decide they need to.

4. If your OS cannot extract any benefit from additional cores why add them? There is no way to know for certain how much better (if at all) a quad core A7 would perform until the A7X is shipped with the new iPads (which is rumored to be a quad core) so a comparison can be made. Regardless, the point is a quad-core is not automatically better than a dual core - its depends on the design and how effectively the OS and software can use it. There was plenty of outrage about the US version of the HTC One X having a dual core instead of the quad core of the international version - but by most accounts in real world usage they are basically identical. The quad core does win out in some synthetic benchmarks, but as far as actually using the device goes you generally can't tell any difference at all.

5. RAM. This one is a pet peeve of mine. What difference does it make? If Apple can build a platform that allows applications to run comfortably with 1GB of ram, more power to them. That said, I don't know that this is in fact the case. 1GB seemed to be plenty on the 5 as performance under most conditions was just fine, but without a way to determine how a 2GB iphone would perform its kind of a moot point. There is the fact that since the chip is now 64-bit memory pressure may increase (pointers are bigger), but they could have done some things to mitigate that. All in all I don't know if bumping up to 2GB would have made a difference or not - but I do know that comparisons to Android devices, as far as total RAM goes, is completely without merit. A phone only needs as much memory as it requires to run the apps users want, and it doesn't appear that having "only" 1GB is hindering developers thus far.

Apple of course does plenty of this pointless "look at my specs" crap too - ooohhh, its 64-bit! Who cares when you only have 1GB of RAM? It doesn't mean anything currently and probably won't for a while.

Im just saying, if you are making your purchase based on the spec list your doing yourself an injustice. Wait for some actual reviews and buy based on your needs, not on pointless "who has the best specs" comparisons - they simply don't mean anything.

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