Many a nerd scoffed at September’s iPhone 5s and its 64-bit Apple A7 processor, but now that Samsung has confirmed it’s following suit (as if there was any question), it’s something we should very much look forward to.
Building on JK Shin’s recent confirmation, words in inverted commas from Samsung’s Analyst Day reveal a tad more about the South Koreans’ 64-bit plans.
Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor now features in the iPhone 5s, the spanking new iPad Air, and the yet-to-be-released iPad mini Retina.
Needless to say, Samsung will look to adopt 64-bit technology in its next flagships, probably starting with the Galaxy S5, which is tipped to launch early next year.
"Many people were thinking, why did we need 64-bit for mobile devices?" says Stephen Woo, president of System LSI at Samsung Electronics. "People were asking that question until three months ago. And now I think no one is asking that question. They're asking: when can we have that?"
Woo goes on to explain that Samsung’s first 64-bit processor will be ARM-based, before introducing its “own optimisations” at a later date.
One of the benefits of 64-bit processors is the ability to address larger blocks of RAM, which is handy when it comes to multitasking and that. Tasty.