Here’s Why App Developers Love Apple’s A7 Chip
After Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled the iPhone 5S last month, the company noted that its new A7 processor made the device the “World’s first and only 64-bit smartphone.” Apple also pointed out that the CPU performance of the iPhone 5S is two times faster than the previous generation’s system.
A recently conducted app test appears to prove that Apple’s claim wasn’t just empty boasting. According to what Frax app developer Ben Weiss told CNET, the new A7-powered iPhone 5S runs his 64-bit Frax app almost 90 percent faster than the iPhone 5 runs the original 32-bit app.
However, it should be noted that Frax is an app that generates fractal images. CNET reports that the calculations used to generate fractal images are especially predictable and efficient, which means that most other apps probably won’t get such a dramatic performance boost.
“Fractalization is the nicest kind of workload. Whatever speedup they’re seeing is probably the best case,” Real World Tech analyst David Kanter told CNET.