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Qualcomm senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher saysApple’s use of a 64-bit chip is merely a gimmick. He points out that the main benefit of 64-bit technology is the increased RAM as previously mentioned, and isn’t relevant with today’s smartphones that have an average 1 GB of RAM.

Heck, Samsung just started producing 3 GB LPDDR3 mobile memory back in July.”Predominantly, you need it for memory addressability beyond 4 GB,” he told Techworld in an interview. “That’s it. You don’t really need it for performance, and the kinds of applications that 64-bit get used in mostly are large, server-class applications.”Apple claims that the new iPhone 5S, which only has 1 GB of RAM, is two times faster than the original iPhone 5, and that the 64-bit chip brings desktop-style computing to the smartphone form factor. However, benchmark tests have reportedly led to questions about how much of the performance gains are actually due to the 64-bit chip.

Naturally, to take full advantage of the new architecture, developers will need to upgrade their iOS apps.

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