• Michael Weeding

32 vs. 64. It is not about the hype, it is about Security!

The launch of the new iPhone has generated a lot of discussions this week, and it has not all been about Touch ID. A lot has focused on the ARMv8 processor which Apple has called the A7, which is a 64 bit processor, the iPhone 5 has the A6, a 32 bit processor inside.

What will it do?

It will make your phone operate twice as fast as the previous according to Apple, although in the most instances you will probably not know the difference as you current iPhone 5 probably works pretty well at the moment.

Not to be left out in the cold Samsung has joined the conversation on the 64 bit processor announcing this week that they will also bring out a 64 bit processor in the next generation of their Galaxy phones.

So why all the hype?

With little obvious benefits to consumers a lot of technology experts have said the move to the 64 bit processor is only there to make Apple look good. It has been included in the new iPhone as it will pave the way for increases in RAM in the future, which is hard to deliver across a Smartphone and improved computing power that will create better features around services such as the camera. But in the end this should not be the reason for you to rush out and buy the new iPhone.

It is not about speed, it is all about Security.

It is Brian Roemmele who sees this more than just an increase in computing power noting that the A7 64 bit processor has been included for security, and one very important hardware component the Touch ID. He states that they would not have been able to deliver this hardware unless they had a processor that was aware of the concept of encryption and security, providing Apple with a platform that enabled them to economically create their secure enclave.

So the extra processing power appears not to be only about Apple building a platform to support improved performance for future releases, it looks like it has played a very important role in bringing Touch ID to market in the current release.

No wonder Samsung is also following fast in their footsteps.


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