Usually when it comes to processing power, people don’t brook any confusion between their Smartphones or their desktop or laptop computers. It’s easy to understand why. Based on the vast majority of current chips used on these devices, there’s a world of difference between the chips that power mobile phones and those that power desktops or laptops. This used to be a very cozy divide. People have different expectations regarding these devices and it seemed that things are going to continue going this way for a long period of time.
Unfortunately, for desktop chip makers like AMD and Intel, the tablet was born. With the rise of the iPad and tablet computing, the lines between mobile devices, desktop and laptops are continuing to blur. This is not surprising. As more and more people discover the mobility and freedom of portable devices, the expectations they had for their laptops and desktops slowly merged into their assumptions and expectations for their mobile gadgets. It was just a question of time until there will be a hybrid solution where you would get the freedom and mobility of mobile device coupled with the power of desktop and laptop computing.
With the Apple A7 chip, Apple is crossing the divide into a desktop future. That’s right! With the A7, there are glimmers of a mobile chip that has a power of a desktop computer. Sixty four bit computing is no longer strictly the province of desktop and laptop computing. With the launch of the A7, its dual core architecture can herald the future of mobile computing in general. That’s right! You would have very powerful graphics and processing on the same chip in coordination with powerful wireless communication capabilities. The A7 is not there yet but we suspect, given the speed with which technology moves, the A8 and A9 might bring us closer to that perfect marriage between speed, mobility, processing power and low price.