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iPhone 5S to be 31 percent faster than iPhone 5


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The iPhone 5S and its A7 processor will be 31 percent faster than the iPhone 5 with its A6 processor, according to the latest internet rumour doing the rounds.

That's the assertion of Fox News anchor Clayton Morris, who claims to have heard from his sources that the iPhone 5S chip will be "very fast."

Of course, "very fast" is a relative term. For example, when the iPhone 5 launched last year, its A6 processor offered around twice the performance of the previous generation A5 found in the iPhone 4S. Compared to that, the A7's 31 percent increase seems somewhat conservative.

Morris also tweeted that the iPhone 5S was set to come with a dedicated motion tracking chip, and that it would make for "an interesting camera upgrade."

It's believed that Apple will announce the iPhone 5S, alongside a more affordable iPhone 5C, at a special event on September 10.

While the iPhone 5S will in all likelihood look very similar to the iPhone 5 from the outside, it's set to feature a number of noteworthy internal improvements. Besides a faster CPU, it could also boast a fingerprint scanner incorporated into the home button. Other rumours suggest a 13-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash.

Just recently we've seen the most extensive parts reveal for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C yet, with 68 pictures of the two handsets together leaked onto the internet.

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Via: TechRadar


August 26, 2013, 3:45 pm

a 30% increase is probably unnoticeable

Nate Ebner

August 26, 2013, 9:10 pm

Depends how you define it. It will be noticeably slower than it's cutting edge Android brethren.


August 27, 2013, 11:33 am

30% will matter for time consuming tasks, such as video/audio processing, 3d software rendering and other number crunching scenarios. All tasks no one runs on a phone. For the typical phone usage, 30% will indeed be unnoticeable.

However, considering the GPU is integrated, is it 30% improvement in CPU performance, or GPU performance, or combined? Only time will tell.


August 27, 2013, 1:11 pm

You've got to think they'd have upped the GPU more than anything else, right?

Nate Ebner - knowing Apple, this will be just as fast as the Snapdragon 600 and 800 powered Android devices like ours. I've been reading up on how to root the HTC One to become a Google Edition and get the OTA updates for it. Very tempted as 4.3 has TRIM memory management in it.


August 27, 2013, 3:48 pm

Does that mean the other person will be able to reply before you've spoken?


August 27, 2013, 4:55 pm

What you are really saying is that you don't like Apple. Just say it.

Actionable Steps

August 28, 2013, 5:48 am

So basically they will sell the exact same phone with slight upgrades that probably cost them nothing and have no difference on actual performance, yet tens of millions of sheep will go out and trade in their iPhone 5 for the new model. This is how you make more money than God, ladies and gentlemen.


August 28, 2013, 1:11 pm

If the GPU is not noticably faster and doesn't support some new standard 3D/gaming related APIs, then there won't be any better games with new exciting features. No wonder that nVidia is seeing an opportunity for improved gaming on mobiles and trying to push their hardware and optimized games. They might dominate mobiles in few years just like they did with desktops. (I still have an old S3 Virge card as a backup :P)
So maybe Apple improved CPU but left GPU part unchanged? They usually use PowerVR GPUs so not much choice they have but there seems to be PowerVR Series6 available. But Apple might use it in some new iPad first to make it sell better, and only then use it in the next iPhone.


August 28, 2013, 5:02 pm

I agree with you there. There are certain features on my Iphone 5 which I have never used, so this 30 % increase, whatever it is, would be totally irrelevant, at least for me. However, if the 13-Megapixel camera rumour turns out to be true, then we're in for a significant improvement, considering that the current iphone 5 has got a typical 8-Megapixel camera.

I think I am going to hold on to my Iphone 5 for another year and then upgrade to whatever comes out next.

Nate Ebner

August 29, 2013, 12:07 am

What I was saying was a joke.

Nate Ebner

August 29, 2013, 12:10 am

Quite possibly. Not sure what the need would be though. With a smaller lower res screen, they are selling iOS 7 more than specs, so I'd be surprised if it competed on that front.
And given how old the iPhone 5 (relatively) is, an extra 30% doesn't sound like much.


August 29, 2013, 5:54 am

Android devices are already breaching the 16 mpix threshold. Apple = mediocrity, they rely on fanatical brand loyalty to fill the gap.


August 29, 2013, 7:28 am

True enough Nate. I reckon it'll just keep it in contention with more powerful Android devices for the next year. And like you said, iOS 7 is all about the User Experience - the hardware is there to give it just enough juice so that it won't ever feel like it's hardware limited on the flagship device.

The thing I do like about Apple and dislike about Android is that they optimise the software and hardware (so they can produce smaller and lighter phones and of course make a bigger profit on the components they do use I guess). Which is why I like the Moto X.

The "throw a bigger CPU and more RAM at it" tactic reminds me of the old Pentium 4 days.

Nate Ebner

August 29, 2013, 10:56 am

True, having such a small ecosystem, makes it much easier to optimise the devices.
Still Android is different to Desktop Windows as an OS, you can't just buy/download a copy of Android x.y and install it on your device, you need an optimised version for it, hence the update delays.

The Spec Wars thing is an interesting point. We've pretty much hit a point where diminishing returns mean any changes will make very little difference, and so innovation will be more important.
I too like the Moto X in this regard, and things like Ultrapixel from the One (even if it may not be the best camera atm, it is shows promise and is a sign of not just putting a bigger number on this years model).

Nate Ebner

August 29, 2013, 10:57 am

Interesting. I'd be tempted too, the one thing I'm interested in, is what about the camera functionality? Is that replaced by an app?


August 30, 2013, 7:18 am

And what alternative offers better performance. I have a nexus 4 after giving my girlfriend my iPhone 4. The iPhone is still smoother. The nexus accesses web pages more quickly. Both operating systems have unbelievable omissions. The nexus usually takes more clicks to do the same thing.

You may be right that there will be no significant improvement over the old one. This means that there is no reason to change to any phone not just the 5S.


September 2, 2013, 6:06 pm

It could be 8 gigapixels and still produce crappy images. The quality of the cameras optics and image sensor are far more important than the picture resolution, after all you don't need 13 inaccurate megapixels. I own an iPhone 5, i think it's a decent phone that's great for daily use but it's not worth nearly the asking price. My employer pays though so i don't care.

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