Apple Unveils 64-Bit A7 Processor for Next iPad

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The world got its first look today at the Apple A7 processor, which will be used in the company’s next generation products. This will be a 64-bit chip, and so this isn’t a waste, iOS 7 will be an 64-bit operating system.

Apple Unveils 64-Bit A7 ProcessorThe A7 will have over over a billion transistors, and Apple promises it is going to have twice the CPU and graphics performance of Apple’s previous chip.

In its announcement today, Apple said that devices using the A7 will have similar battery lives to their predecessors. Tis should reassure potential users who know that increased performance sometimes comes with decreased battery lives.

The soon-to-be-released iOS 7 will have a native 64-bit kernel, libraries, and drivers. Plus, Apple has re-engineered the apps that are bundled with the OS to fully support its new processor.

Of course, there will also be a 32-bit version of iOS 7 for legacy devices like the current iPad and iPhone models. And the 64-bit version of this operating system will be able to handle 32-bit apps writen by third-party developers.

The Apple A7 processor will be at the heart of the upcoming iPhone 5S. It’s virtually a sure thing that this chip will also be the brains of the iPad 5, which wasn’t announced today but is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The 32-bit version of iOS 7 for the iPad 2 and above and the iPad mini will be released next week.

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