What does 64bit actually mean for the future?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Frankied22, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    Do you think we will see apps truly taking advantage of the 64bit processor before the iPhone 6? And what exactly does that mean? What kind of advantages will we see with the 64bit processor?
  2. Indecisi0n macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2012
    Not sure but right now it means nothing without software support.
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    People were having this same debate just a few years ago with desktop processors. In a nutshell, certain application that require processor-intensive tasks like encryption/decryption and encoding/decoding of audio and video, can benefit from 64-bit processors, if compiled for it.

    Larger files can also be handled much more easily. And, when the time comes to add RAM to iPhones, 64-bit processors can address more than 4GB of RAM, BUT, it's not true that you NEED more than 4GB before you see any benefits from 64-bit architectures.

    I can say that VPN software, for one, will take advantage of 64-bit hardware... in fact, it HAS to. The 32-bit versions of OpenVPN and Juniper SSL VPN stopped working on the 5s, and the apps had/has to be updated to work.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    There are already a few threads that get into the details of this, but basically same as when desktop went 32 -> 64 bits.
  5. krspkbl macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2012
    I'm not too knowledgable on exactly how it works but it will make applications (which are coded to run at 64 bit) run much more faster and efficient. You might not notice it on some applications but I'm guess it'll help with intensive things like encryption, converting files, video/music processing. These are things that are usually done on a laptop/desktop so maybe that's why phones are just getting 64bit.

    Basically, its a good thing but not a lot of people will notice the difference between 32bit or 64bit even when developers implement 64bit processing into their apps.
  6. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    FPS can be smoother and have better graphics. Can't wait to see of Call Of Duty Strike Team looks on the iPad Air if the developers update the game for 64bjt.
  7. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    It is just the next step. It will be a few years before 64bit will actually make a difference.

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