Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Mar 2014 21:35 UTC

AnandTech on Apple's A7 processor:

I suspect Apple has more tricks up its sleeve than that however. Swift and Cyclone were two tocks in a row by Intel's definition, a third in 3 years would be unusual but not impossible (Intel sort of committed to doing the same with Saltwell/Silvermont/Airmont in 2012 - 2014).

Looking at Cyclone makes one thing very clear: the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn't aim high enough. I wonder what happens next round.

This is one area where Apple really took everyone by surprise recently. When people talk about Apple losing its taste for disruption, they usually disregard the things they do not understand - such as hardcore processor design.

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Sad fact of reality
by shotsman on Tue 1st Apr 2014 05:27 UTC
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All this negativeness towards the 64bit processor reminds me of the same sort of thing happening 22 years ago when DEC came out with the Alpha series of CPU's. Sure there were 64bit CPU available but some of the competitors took to derriding 64bits while they frantically cobbled together their own 64bit designs.

Nowadays pretty well every X86 CPU sold into the consumer market is 64bit.

For those who keep repeating their mantra 'Apple don't innovate any longer', really should take the blinkers off. In my mind, the A7 is a big step forward. It answers many of the questions asked about 64bit cpu's in a mobile device. It isn't perfect but nothing is really.

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