What the new iPhone 7 means for mobile gaming

Apple has announced its new iPhone 7, set for release one the 13th, and it looks like they are thinking about gaming a bit more now.

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While the Apple Watch will feature a ton of features of Pokémon GO and, most likely, many other games, the iPhone itself has some technical aspects that will make mobile gamers pleased.

First, the display:

The new display is a 4.7 inch Retina HD display on the 7, and a 5.5 inch Retina HD display on the Plus. The 7 sees 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, while the Plus will see 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi, which are both the same as the 6s and 6s Plus. They also both feature Apple’s multi-touch, which they always love to tout.

The real difference comes in the color display, with the new phones featuring what Apple is calling simply, “Wide Color Display.” Essentially, they are saying that every color is going to be fuller and deeper, calling their display the best in the world.

Next, the sound:

The new iPhone is going to feature stereo speakers, a first for the phone, with speakers that themselves are improved and feature a much better dynamic range.

Finally, most importantly, the internals:

The most important part of the iPhone, at least for gaming, is the processing. The new processor for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is known as the A10 Fusion, and is a 64-bit, four core CPU with 3.3 billion transistors.

The CPU features two high performance cores that run 40 percent faster than the previous A9 chip, and 200 percent faster than the chip previous to that, the A8. In total it is capable of processing at 120x the speed of the original iPhone.

The other two cores of the CPU are efficiency cores that run at 1/5th the power of the other two, and are for less intensive things, like checking email. It is decided which cores are used by an Apple-designed performance controller that actively switches between the corners for maximum performance or efficiency.

Graphically, it is 50 percent faster than the A9 chip and 3x faster than the A8, while running at two-thirds and half the power, respectively. It is 240x faster at graphical processing than the original iPhone.

According to Apple, it is undeniably the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone.

Lastly, it has a haptic feedback engine called the “taptic engine,” like that in the Macbook’s trackpad, and it will provide feedback for games in an effort to provide an even more immersive experience.

They featured a game called F1 2016 that utilizes the display, speakers, processor and taptic engine, saying that it is “console level gaming” on an iPhone.

It will be exciting to see what this means in conjuncture with games like Pokémon GO thrusting mobile gaming into the limelight.

The iPhone is available for pre-order on September 9th, and will be released on the 13th.

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