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Apple's 64-bit A7 chip "hit us in the gut," says Qualcomm employee

Despite Qualcomm's comments to the contrary, Apple's introduction of the 64-bit A7 processor used in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini has sent people within Qualcomm into a panic. That's the word from an article posted to Hubspot by Dan Lyons - he of "Fake Steve Jobs" fame - who joined Hubspot earlier this year as "Marketing Fellow."

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Expect better graphics in future iPhones and iPads, thanks to ARM's Geomerics acquisition

ARM, the company that develops the chip architecture used by Apple in its iOS devices, has acquired Geomerics, a developer of graphics technology that's used to create realistic lighting effects in games. The acquisition may lead to ARM processor designs with more sophisticated graphics capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to VentureBeat.

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iPhone 5s internals and Apple A7 gallery

If you're curious about the internal workings of the iPhone 5s, we've got the ultimate photo gallery for you from cracking open the iPhone 5s all the way down to what's underneath the logic board shields, including the Apple A7 chip itself. I even threw in some photos of the A6 chipset from the iPhone 5c just for comparison's sake. So click through and enjoy the iPhone 5s in all it's silicon glory!

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Imagining iPad 5 and iPad mini 2: Touch ID, Apple A7, and M7

While a lighter design for the iPad 5 and Retina for the iPad mini 2 are dominating conversation, there are some other new features that could make an appearance in Apple's next-generation tablets, including Touch ID, the fingerprint identify sensor. Of course, Touch ID requires the new Apple A7 chipset and its secure enclave to work, but that's a likely addition anyway, at least to the full-sized iPad. And with the A7 also comes the possibility of the Apple M7 motion-coprocessor. Would that make sense for a tablet? Would any of it? Let's take a look!

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Qualcomm executive dismisses 64-bit A7 as a "marketing gimmick"

A Qualcomm executive has claimed that Apple's 64-bit A7 processor is a marketing ploy. Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm, claims that there is no benefit to consumers from the processor being 64-bit.

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The ARM64 advantage

Apple's announcement that the new iPhone 5s would sport the world's first, commercial 64-bit processor in a phone, the Apple A7, caused a ton of confusion that's still rippling through the internet. Somewhere between dismissal and deification lies the truth - does 64-bit really matter right now, and if so, for whom and how? Mike Ash adds to the answer:

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Vector 12: Brian Klug on sensor fusion hubs

Brian Klug of Anandtech talks to Rene about the new Apple A7 64-bit processor, M7 motion coprocessor, and camera in the new iPhone 5s and how it compares to the latest tech from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and more.

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New, purported photos of iPhone 5S show off possible Apple A7 chipset, more!

Adding to the purported component leaks coming in advance of the iPhone 5s, we may have our first close-up look at Apple's next-generation A7 chipset. The model numbers printed on it may indicate a switch in supplier as well. According to MacRumors:

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