The iPhone 5s is the first smartphone in the world to come with a 64-bit architecture, which essentially means we will have faster speeds, better performance and advanced features. This has happened before with computers and game consoles. But what impact will a 64-bit architecture have on the king of the tablets, the iPad?
According to Chris Whitmore of Deutsche Bank Equity Research, a potential 64-bit iPad 5 is going to put tremendous pressure on already decreasing PC sales. In a note to investors, he said the following:
The area where Whitmore sees the iPad gaining fast traction over PCs is in the enterprise market, where Apple’s tablet could get help from more advanced apps that would make the most of Apple’s A7 processor. If a 64-bit processor makes its way to the iPad 5, then there are chances we might see it in its smaller sibling, the iPad Mini. And that will increase the range of targeted consumers.
But I think we should take this with a grain of salt. Apple's transition to 64-bit with the iPhone 5s and a potential upgrade with the iPad 5 might be just about laying the groundwork for the future and it won’t have an immediate effect on the market. First of all, developers need a good amount of time to figure out and align their apps to make the most of the radically changed processor. And secondly, I think there’s yet not a definite need for such apps.
However, the market might prove me wrong, as we know that the iPad can be a very versatile and useful utensil for doctors, engineers, pilots that might find use in advanced apps that are perfectly tailored for their specific needs.