A first for Apple: a 64-bit processor in a phone. The newly announced A7 processor is a first for Apple, and a real selling point for the speed and power of the new iPhone 5S. With promises of a two-fold processing increase, the “desktop-class architecture” promises to keep the harmonious Apple hardware/software balance intact.
Then again, this is a bit like jumping out to an early lead in a race against Usain Bolt. While you can say you were clearly ahead of the best, you’re not really doing much he hasn’t anticipated, or is ready to make up for. The same can be said for chip architecture, where ARM is making important strides in 64-bit architecture across the board.