Saturday, October 5

9 apps which have been optimised for Apple’s A7 CPU in the iPhone 5S

Apple's recently released iPhone 5S comes packing an all-new A7 processor. The Apple A7 is a 64-bit, 1.3GHz, ARMv8, dual-core CPU, which makes it twice as fast (according to Apple) as the A6 found in iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. It's only available with iOS 7, which is the operating system that ships on the iPhone 5S.
Apple also claims the chip is capable of twice the graphics power as its last generation, which comes into play for high-end games and other apps that work hard to churn out high quality visual effects.
What's also interesting about the A7 is what it's missing: The processing capabilities of the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope. These have been moved to a motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5S, where they can now run just as they did before – but using much less battery power.
The A7 might even be a more enticing feature than the home button with its built-in fingerprint scanner (also unique to the iPhone 5S), but you have to see it in action to appreciate the chip. A handful of apps have already been redeveloped to take advantage of the A7's oomph, including the nine on this list.
Indeed, five of the nine apps on this list are free, so you can get a taste of the A7's power without spending any money. The others cost between £1.49 and £4.99. Surprisingly, only two of the apps are games, while several others are what I'll call "creation" apps, or programs used in making art, music, and other creative works. And one is a fitness app that uses the motion coprocessor to replicate an activity tracker. Click the title of any app in this roundup to link through to download it on iTunes.