Developers are now permitted for the submission of 64-bit third-party applications for the iPhone 5s in order to take advantage of A7 processor, allowing their built software to leverage the power made available with the newly announced iOS 7 operating system.
Set to release this Friday, on September 20th, the iPhone 5s ships with the most powerful A7 CPU, running the new version of iOS 7 compiled in 64-bits. Invitation to developers sent out, permitting them to submit their 64-bit apps ahead of the iPhone 5s launch date.
Developers! According to a note posted on the company’s developers site states that with apps that function on both iOS 6 and iOS 7 will be limited to 32-bit development currently, but Apple has also promised that next month, changes will be made that allows developers to support 32-bit on iOS 6 and both 32-and 64-bit on iOS 7 with a single binary.
The note states this:
“You can submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 today that take advantage of the power of iPhone 5s. Xcode can build your app with both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries included so it works across all devices running iOS 7. If you wish to continue to support iOS 6 then you will need to build for 32-bit only. Next month we will be making changes that will allow you create a single app binary that supports 32-bit on iOS 6, as well as 32-bit and 64-bit on iOS 7.”
Apple also notes that “Xcode can build your app with both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries included so it works across all devices running iOS 7“.
Reminder: The iPhone 5s which announced last week, revealed that its custom A7 chip would be the first major 64-bit smartphone processor available on the market. Touted the A7 as a “desktop-class” chip with over a billion transistors.
The first iOS device incorporates the first 64-bit processor found in any mobile phone and with the processing offers double the power and graphics performance and enhancements of the iPhone 5 and is 40 times faster than the A6 processor of the original iPhone.
The A7 iPhone 5S additionally includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, an M7 motion-sensing chip, a number of camera improvements, and better battery life. Pre-orders for iPhone 5s is not made available by Apple, but will be available to purchase from Apple’s online stores beginning at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on Friday, September 20th.
Update X1: Apple for some reasons removed the note. To take advantage of 64-bit capabilities of the A7 chip, Apple’s iOS 7 firmware has also been updated with a 64-bit kernel, libraries and drivers.