IMO: iPhone 5s, 5c and 64bit processors

Last September 11, 2013 (Singapore Date), we saw Apple new iPhones, the 5s and the 5c.

As usual, we’ve seen a lot of love and hate comments from almost all websites!

Here’s my personal comment on this… When the 4s was introduced, we all knew that an “s” model will follow an all new model.

3G to 3Gs, 4 to 4s and now the 5s. So if you’ve signed up for a 2 year contract with the 3G, you should have updated to the 4 and last year’s 5.

My daughter’s contract is expiring next month so if she decides to get an iPhone, the 5s is definitely the right phone to get… even if improvements over iPhone 5 is minimal, she basically has no choice.

Now let’s talk about the 5c. A lot of people were disappointed that “c” did not mean cheap… But I think its Apple’s way of differentiating the current phone (5s) from the older phone (5).

The 5c is after all last year’s 5 in a plastic body with a slightly bigger battery (as per reports).

Remember when the 8GB iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s were on display. Both looked identical and the only differentiating factor (other than their posters) was the memory (8 vs 16GB) and Siri. People who cannot tell the difference bought the 4 instead.

Now that the 5 is in a totally new shell and called the 5c, Apple has a great mid-range phone that will not cannibalize the 5s’ sales.

To those who think that the 5c is too expensive, just look at its competitors… I can immediately think of the Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini… If you ask me, 5c is a better choice compared to its Android counterparts…

Now for Apple’s move to 64bit…

I personally don’t think we’ll see a 4GB iPhone and iPad next year BUT we’ll see a lot of developers optimizing their Apps.


2010 – iPad 1 (256MB) – iPhone 4 (512MB)
2011 – iPad 2 (512MB) – iPhone 4s (512MB)
2012 – iPad 3/4 (1GB) – iPhone 5 (1GB)

If rumors are true that the 5s is using 2GB RAM, 3GB RAM might be possible on the iPhone 6.

To enjoy 64bit processing, we will need more RAM, more Storage and a Bigger Battery.

More RAM and more storage will mean more costs and lesser profit… bigger battery will mean a heavier device, things that we can expect Apple to stay away from.

If we all check the software installed in our computers, we need good resources (RAM, Storage and Processor) for video/photo editing software and games.

Is it all about games?

Apple TV is basically running iOS… Maybe we’ll see Apple’s purpose of using a 64bit processor on the next Apple TV… it doesn’t have a battery and adding RAM/Storage to new models isn’t impossible.

For now, all we can do is wait and see…


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