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The Latest iPhone 5s Developments: What They Mean For Present And Future iPhone Apps

The Latest iPhone 5s Developments: What They Mean For Present And Future iPhone Apps

A couple of advancements in the latest iPhone 5s and what they mean for current and future iPhone App development

The iPhone 5 Is Gone And The iPhone 5c and 5s Are In

Well, it’s less than a year later (355 days) and Apple has decided to set aside sales of the iPhone 5 and moved on to the next greenest pastures of iPhone production; the iPhone 5c and 5s. Of the legacy iPhones in production, only the entry level iPhone 4s now remains.

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Pre-orders began for the budget model iPhone 5c starting September 13, 2013 and both the iPhone 5c and the higher quality iPhone 5s will soon be available for the public to grab from shelves and put online beginning September 20, 2013. Let’s of course not forget the next (and free) release of iOS, version 7, coming out of the box about the same time, Sept. 18, 2013.

The latest iPhone specs are all over the Internet by now so there’s no need to go into them here one by one, but we’d like to take a couple of what could be considered “the most significant advances” in the iPhone 5s and consider them from both a present iPhone App development perspective, and a future iPhone App development perspective as well. So we feel it’s surely worth touching on a couple of them.

The 64-Bit iPhone 5s: The Wave Of The Future - But A Present Dilemma

One of the most significant updates comes in the iPhone 5s’ A7 processor. It’s a 64-bit processor that Apple claims is 40x faster than the processor in their first iPhone, and it even boats 2x the graphics capability of the last iPhone 5. The fact that the iPhone is able to claim to be the first to bring “64-bit desktop-class architecture to a smartphone for the first time" is significant in a landmark sense, but does it may not equate to much in current developments.

The iPhone 5 had 1GB of RAM and it’s highly unlikely that the iPhone 5s will have more than 2GB. Like desktops and servers though, 64-bit processing usually doesn’t equate to much in performance boosts in the user experience, unless the device has at least 4GB. Even though it’s said that a 64-bit architecture can have 64-bit registers that enhance performance, this also means something else that poses a current 64-bit iPhone App dilemma.

Writing iPhone Apps to take advantage of the 64-bit hardware also means that developers are going to have to write 64-bit code that makes use of the 64-bit hardware. This also means though that the software they write will be to the exclusion of the lesser iPhones, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s (which will probably be the more widespread iPhone models). Last, and not least, by excluding the other iPhones, that almost assuredly translates to far less sales for developers making iPhone 5s specific apps. So, although 64-bit iPhone Apps are surely the wave of the future, for various reasons it’s probably unlikely that we’ll see many 64-bit iPhone 5s Apps come about at present that will take full advantage of the new A7 capabilities.

The iPhone Officially Enters The World of Bio Recognition Systems

Well, Apple has officially entered the world of bio recognition systems with the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID technology. A touch ID capacitive sensor scans the sub-epidermal skin layers, takes a 500 ppi resolution / 360 degree readability image of your finger, stores it and uses it to unlock your iPhone 5s. The system is even capable of allowing you to make a purchase from the App Store with the simple scan of your finger.

iPhones are notorious for being thieves most chosen smartphone to steal. The new fingerprint recognition systems may certainly be able to assist law enforcement to return iPhones to their proper owners. Of course there’s a lot more to such technology that can be developed though than simply using it to get your stolen goods back. If sufficient use of the fingerprint recognition sub-system is made available to third-party developers, apps can be developed for a wide-range of things.

Have an idea for an app? We’d love to discuss the possibilities with you!

Andrey Kudievskiy

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