After the typical anticipation and speculation over an upcoming iPhone release, Apple unveils their new iPhone line-up.
As most predicted, Apple is releasing two new models of iPhone: a lower cost iPhone 5c, and a next generation iPhone 5s. Under the hood, the iPhone 5c is essentially an iPhone 5, which is being discontinued. The iPhone 5c has the same processor, screen resolution, and camera as the iPhone 5 with the only real difference being the choice of a colorful external casing.
The iPhone 5s however is getting a major hardware and performance upgrade. The 5s will house a 64-bit A7 processing chip, which Apple says will be twice as fast and have twice the graphics performance as the previous generation of the phone. That’s a massive leap forwards, and 64-bit is something all developers here at Atimi are excited about. As a long time Mac development company, we know what this means.
The other significant upgrade in the iPhone 5s is the M7 motion co-processor chip, which will deliver enhanced movement detection, more accurate tracking, and improved three-axis gyroscope and accelerometer. At first glance, this seems specifically targeted at health and fitness apps for tracking steps, reps or sets; but the technology could be used for much more.
Both of these new hardware upgrades will offer additional capacity in any app that’s only been optimized for the iPhone 5. In optimizing for an iPhone 5s, there is immense opportunity to speed up your app, add new features that would have bogged down performance on an older iPhone, or create features not even previously possible.
Another new feature we’re excited about is the boost to the iPhone 5s’ iSight camera. The camera will feature an upgraded lens, a larger aperture, and light sensor with larger pixels, all designed to capture more light for brighter, clearer and more accurate photos. For an app, this could mean better in-app facial recognition or higher quality user-generated content if users are uploading photos to any social media app.
And of course, we’re all looking forward to the added security feature of fingerprint detection. Banking apps immediately come to mind as a use case for more secure access.
It’s time to update your app in prep for the official launch of iOS 7, and plan for the other iPhone enhancement opportunities. Talk to us if you have any questions or would like a review your app for ideas and improvements, including an idea of what moving to 64-bit can do your for the performance of your app. We’re happy to help!