Apple iPhone 5S could be powered by a 31 percent faster 64-bit A7 chip

The rumor mills continue to churn out news about the forthcoming iPhone 5S ahead of its expected launch at an event next month. This time, the rumor is regarding the processor inside the device, which is said to be 31 percent faster than the chip in the iPhone 5.

This piece of information comes from a tweet by popular television anchor Clayton Morris, who claims to have been informed that the forthcoming iPhone will be powered by a tweaked A7 chip. This, as we mentioned above, is said to be 31 percent faster than its predecessor. According to a report on 9to5Mac, Apple is said to have been testing a 64-bit version of the A7 chipset, which is the reason for the bump in performance. The difference is that the 64-bit version is able to handle more complex animations (expected on iOS 7) and offers better performance per watt.

But the fact that it is being tested doesn’t really mean that it going to be offered on the final device. According to the report, it is difficult to see this 64-bit A7 processor being commercially available this year and is more likely to arrive next year with the A8 processors.