Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 17:46 UTC
Apple

The only review of the iPhone 5S you'll need to read - AnandTech's.

At the end of the day, if you prefer iOS for your smartphone - the iPhone 5s won't disappoint. In many ways it's an evolutionary improvement over the iPhone 5, but in others it is a significant step forward. What Apple's silicon teams have been doing for these past couple of years has really started to pay off. From a CPU and GPU standpoint, the 5s is probably the most futureproof of any iPhone ever launched. As much as it pains me to use the word futureproof, if you are one of those people who likes to hold onto their device for a while - the 5s is as good a starting point as any.

It's a crazy world where the future of Apple becomes apparent not in its software, but in its hardware. The 5S looks like a significant step forward, and in my view, hints at a future where Apple's laptops and maybe even desktops will be powered by ARM, not x86. If I had the spare cash, I'd plonk it down for a 5S in a heartbeat - as it stands now, I have no way of testing iOS 7 myself.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Treza on Wed 18th Sep 2013 22:05 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
Treza
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There's no reason to think Apple will somehow magically be able to design high-perofrmance laptop/desktop chips with such small volumes.


Not magically.
Just with tons of cash.

Apart from a few low volume embedded designs, many PowerPC from Freescale were made for Apple. Now Apple sells more hardware.

I think that Apple could afford to go that route and they start to have the engineering expertise. Whether they will do it or just float the idea to put pressure on Intel, is just speculation for now. Maybe they do not even know what they will do.

There is also a huge difference between laptop CPUs and high end server and workstation hardware. An ARM MacBook Air is doable, a desktop computer is far more challenging and Apple has not enough volume in that niche to compete against Intel.

As a CPU enthusiast (and amateur architect), the fact that they don't publish anything and share nothing about their ideas is quite frustrating and a bit unfair, compared to the normal practices of that industry which is quite open about micro-architecture and implementation details.

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