First let me put in writing this thought - I'm shocked at the quality of this piece. It is the first DED article I've been able to read all the way through and not roll my eyes once. This is a fine example of what written articles should be on AI!
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A damn iPhone is far more powerful than some laptops that people owned not that long ago. The amount of computing power that people now carry around in their pockets is insane! Mobile devices are only getting more powerful, and we're going to start seeing more and more desktop class apps being released. Just imagine how ridiculously powerful an iPhone or iPad is going to be in a few years time, not that they're too shabby now, mind you.
Sadly, well not really sad for the current times, but my iPhone 4 is probably more powerful than 75% of all the computers I've ever owned. That was a lot of money spent over the years that can't hold a candle to an iPhone 4 much less a modern Apple device.
Apple is definitely looking towards the future with their 64 bit chips, and as usual, the monkey see, monkey do crowd is going to follow suit.
I don't really think that is fair to say. Everybody knows that 64 bit ARM is coming, the mobile suppliers have been working on it for some time. Apple just beat everybody to it by a significant margin.
Tim Cook had barely stepped off of the stage, and in what seemed like five minutes later, Scamsung was quick to announce that they too were going 64 bit, but they admitted that it was not coming any time soon in any of their phones. I can also safely predict that their transition will be a total mess, since this is Android that we're talking about after all. Nobody can do super smooth transitions like Apple can. And nobody's user base and developer base is as quick to adopt as Apple's user base is. Hell, I'm sure that you already know this, but iOS 7 was just recently released and the adoption rate is already crazy.
It might be good entertainment in the future to watch 64 bit unfold on other platforms. You are absolutely right though, Apple has mastered transitions like this. I haven't heard of one 64 bit related glitch yet.
I will most likely be getting an iPad 5 in 3-4 weeks, if all goes according to plan, and while the A7 chip is no doubt great, I would like to see something even slightly better in the iPad, an A7x chip, like they have done in the past for previous iPads. We'll see.
I'm actually skipping iPhone for now as I'm far more interested in iPad. Like you I'm very interested in what A7 will look like in the iPad. Will they just use the current A7, or perhaps an up clocked model. Or maybe they do have an A7X in development with significantly better performance. Obviously I don't know but I have to imagine that an A7X is in the works to better support graphics and enhance performance a bit. This especially the case if a 12-13" iPad is in the works.
However experience with my iPad 3 highlights that something more important than the processor needs to be upgraded. That would be the RAM installed, 1GB just isn't enough in a tablet and at the very least needs to be updated to 2GB or better yet 4GB. For one Safari would work much better if we didn't have those constant tab reloads, that is a memory issue. Of course I'm not going to knock better processor performance but I do think Apple needs to look at where iPad comes up short in common usage. So give us an A7X coupled to at least 2GB of RAM.
In any event it think this new machine will be a huge overhaul! The iPad 5 leaks, the few that have happened, seem to indicate that nothing is left untouched in the new machine.