What the iPhone 5S tells us about Apple's future plans

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Apple Kremlinologists are used to scouting for clues, reviewing tea leaves and searching for omens, however today they did not have to: when Apple introduced the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, it dropped 3 great big hints about the future.

Two of the tips were processor-shaped, and the 3rd was the absence of an attribute great deals of people have actually been clamouring for.

The missing out on feature was, of course, NFC. NFC-enabled Androids are ten-a-penny, but anyone who was frantically waiting for an NFC iPhone will be dissatisfied as they were by the iPhone 4, 4S and iPhone 5 – and they’ll probably be dissatisfied with the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6S, and the iPhone 7 too.

Apple has already picked its preferred short-range wireless technology, and it’s wager on Bluetooth – not simply for Airdrop file sharing, but for the kind of things NFC is presently used for such as contactless payments.

As Hari Gottipati says on GigaOM, Apple’s plans for its Bluetooth-based iBeacon ‘makes the internet of things a truth and might kill NFC’.

The Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S just authenticates iTunes in the meantime, but it is not hard to picture Apple positioning it as the gatekeeper to an Apple-powered payment system that works anywhere.

That’s not the only world supremacy strategy Apple has up its sleeve.

Did somebody say iWatch?

The iPhone 5S flaunts not one however two new processors, and it’s the least powerful one that’s potentially the most fascinating.

The new M7 processor * iWATCH * is created to keep track of movement * iWATCH * without getting out of bed the more effective and more energy draining CPU, and the * iWATCH * capacity for health and wellness apps and * iWATCH * area awareness apps is apparent. It’s the sort of * iWATCH * processor you could easily picture in a wearable * iWATCH * device * iWATCH * * iWATCH * * iWATCH *.

Apple’s A7 is significant too, because it’s getting extremely near to a desktop-class processor. It’s the first 64-bit ARM system-on-a-chip to appear in a smartphone, which seems rather unneeded, and as Apple pointed out, it also delivers ‘console-level graphics’.

Those systems might be current-gen instead of the next-gen PS4 and Xbox One we will see in two months, but the idea of A7-powered iPhones – and ultimately iPads and iPods too – with their more inexpensive games and spendthrift users ought to give Nintendo and Sony a few even more things to worry about. It likewise makes the Apple TELEVISION more appealing as a games platform.

ARMoured Macs

What’s really intriguing about the A7 is where it – or most likely, its near-future successor – might end up.

Apple currently runs 2 kinds of processors: Intel in its Macs and ARM in its iOS devices.

Given Apple’s recurring objective of controlling the essential innovations in its products, putting its own ARM-based processors into Macs makes a great deal of sense.

You know Apple’s at least considering it. When Macs ran PowerPCs, Apple secretly established Mac OS X for Intel and we understand that since Macs have actually been running Intel processors Apple has been discovering OS X for ARM.

If absolutely nothing else it’s insurance against an Apple/Intel fall-out, however it can be something more: while Macs and mobile systems are currently different lines running different OSes, that mightn’t be the case for life.


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