Twice as fast processingGamesBeat, he said that Apple could potentially add virtual memory to iOS (whereby free storage space on the phone is temporarily used as RAM) with the new architecture. If Apple could expand something like this to all applications, users could see a significant improvement in the iPhone 5s’ performance. At present, very few apps can utilize the iPhone 5s to its full potential.
GamingInfinity Blade III, priced at Rs 390, is the first game to be released in a 64-bit version on the App Store, and reportedly shows much faster load times. Call of Duty: Strike Team (Rs 390) and Sky Gamblers: Cold War (Rs 270) games have also been updated. A few months from now we’re likely to see many more 64-bit optimized games, but at present there are just not enough games at reasonable prices.
AppsAll native Apple applications have been reconfigured to run on the new iPhone 5s. But apart from these, there are only a handful of iOS 7 optimized apps on the App Store. As of now, including the games we mentioned earlier, the only third-party available 64-bit apps are Sing! Karaoke, djay 2 and Nike + Move. By next year we should see a lot of older apps getting reconfigured to 64-bit, plus many additional apps being launched. Since the iPhone 5s is backwards compatible to 32-bit, users will still be able to use all existing apps, but these would offer a performance similar to that on the iPhone 5.
PricingThe iPhone 5s is Apple’s most expensive smartphone till date. The 16GB variant costs Rs 53,500 (the iPhone 5 was launched at Rs 44,500 – that’s a Rs 9,000 jump in price). The price goes up to Rs 63,500 for 32GB and Rs 71,500 for the 64GB variants. Apple isn’t known for slashing prices but small changes have been seen in the past, so we could potentially see a minor drop in price (up to Rs 3,000) in the next 6-8 months. But sooner than that, Apple and other retailers will most likely to launch buyback schemes, like we’ve seen with the iPhone 5c this week. Users can expect a similar cashback of up to Rs 13,000 for their for older devices. Plus, with Christmas and New Year around the corner, you’ll find good discounts with EMI options, both in store and online. Watch out for these at your local retailers, or keep track of the best offers with our weekly top device deals. We would advise waiting at least a few months for a decent promotion to come along before upgrading. Our blog will keep you posted with updates on this.
ConclusionIf price isn’t a constraint for you, the iPhone 5s is one of the best smartphones of 2013. The advanced 64-bit architecture also makes it future proof, and it’s likely to remain a good device for a couple of years at least. But, at present there are too few 64-bit apps, and you won’t get the same performance out of existing 32-bit applications. We suggest that it’s best to wait at least a couple of months before you buy the iPhone 5s. The deals are only going to get better from here on.