Apple Unveils New iPhone 5S, And Why It Matters To You, The Video Gamer


Hey, did you hear? Apple's updating the iPhone!

Most of the information that was revealed a little over an hour ago is already old news. Not helping is how most of it stuff that everyone has been expecting for many months now.

Also, most of it is also hardly relevant to most of you reading this. Still, there were some bits about gaming, though not as much as one would have expected or hoped.

The new iPhone 5S has a fingerprint sensor and a better camera. Again, stuff we all knew was coming, along with better specs overall. But when it comes to specifics as it pertains to under the heed, the new phone packs an even bigger wallop than expected.

There's a brand new processor running the show, the A7, which succeeds the iPhone 5's A6 chip. And this new CPU boasts a 64-bit desktop-class architecture, a modern instruction set, 2x general-purpose registers, 2x floating-point registers, and over a billion transistors. It will support 64-bit kernels, libraries, and drivers, as well as Xcode, plus both 32-bit and 64-bit apps can be simultaneously run.

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, noted that the A7 has 40X performance bump over previous CUPs, and graphics are also 56X faster. So as impressive as many games already are in the graphics department, even on just a lowly iPhone 4S, expect them to become even more so, to a ridiculous degree.

Though many will agree that even the prettiest game does not mean much if you can't control it, and that's a department that way too many iPhone games falter in. But there's more: the 5S will come equipped with the M7, described as a motion coprocessor. It's designed to exclusively keep tabs on the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope in the device, all continuously.

The M7 will monitor the device's motion plus rate of movement, far more efficiently than the previous one CPU set up. With the end result being games that, theoretically, will control better. Provided if said game relies upon orientation and movement of the phone, which is a good deal many.

All in all, the iPhone 5S could be potentially awesome for all gamers out there… and another major headache for Nintendo and Sony to contend with.

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