Is the 64-bit Chip in the iPhone 5s Important?
Back in September, when Apple announced that the iPhone 5s would have a 64-bit processor inside, all of my geek friends freaked out. “Why would the iPhone have a 64-bit chip when it only has a measly gigabyte of RAM?!? The phone cannot benefit from a 64-bit chip without more ram to throw processes at.” Well, my friend, there is, in fact, a very good reason for this. You see, it’s not just about the fact that the iPhone has a 64-bit chip now, since it actually will not improve performance significantly without the extra RAM, it is more important looking forward into the future.
Now that Apple has laid the groundwork for developers in the hardware department, the app-crafters can begin developing apps using 64-bit code. This gives Apple the option to optimize the systems for the new apps making the next iterations of the iPhone, faster than ever. Today, there are quite a few phones with large amounts of RAM, like the Galaxy series phones from Samsung, but the extra RAM isn’t truly being used until it has the better processor.
So the next time you hear a geek bashing the new iPhones processor, you can give them that point of view. Kindly, of course. I encourage any conversation down in the comments below.