Apple stock analysts clueless about the iPhone 5C and 64-bit A7 chip

Today in Apple: Apple stock analysts just don't get it! Plus: The importance of the 64-bit A7 chip, and the new iPhones versus the competition

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The Importance of Apple's 64-bit A7 Chip

Yesterday Apple announced the iPhone 5S, and included in the 5S is a 64-bit A7 chip. The significance of this for the future of Apple seemed to escape most of the stock analysts as I noted above, but it didn't escape CNet which published a good analysis of the potential of 64-bit computing for Apple.

...Apple is smart to lay the foundations for 64-bit mobile computing now, for three reasons. First, large memory capacity is an academic issue in the mobile market today, but it won't always be. Second, the 64-bit transition happens to come along with other chip changes that are useful immediately. And third, it gives Apple more flexibility to build ARM-based PCs if it chooses to embrace an alternative to Intel chips.

More at CNet

Mobile computing aside, I find the reference to possible ARM-based Macs to be quite interesting. Apple has already done such a huge transition in the past when it shifted from IBM to Intel chips in the Mac. Could this happen again with ARM chips replacing those from Intel? Who knows for now, but it would be a big shakeup for Mac users if it does happen.

The iPhone 5S and 5C Versus Competitors

The Washington Post published a comparison of the iPhone 5S and 5c, and their competitors in the smartphone marketplace. Both phones stack up well against competing Android devices.

Apple laid out a fresh vision for its path in the smartphone market Tuesday by introducing two distinct iPhone models at different prices. But how do the new phones compare with the others already on the market? Here, we take a look at the iPhone 5C and the 5S and each phone’s top competitor...

More at Washington Post

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