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NewsPoster Sep 12, 2013 12:31 PM
iPhone 5s' M7 chip to integrate with iOS Maps, wireless detection
The <a href=" iphone/" rel='nofollow'>M7 motion co-processor in the iPhone 5s</A> will enable new features in Maps and iOS' wireless detection system, Apple's website indicates. The company <a href="" rel='nofollow'>notes</a> that in iOS 7 Maps, the M7 will be used to judge if someone is walking or driving, and adjust turn-by-turn directions accordingly. When driving, the M7 will also prevent a 5s from trying to join nearby Wi-Fi networks; similarly, when the phone is stationary for a long time, it will ping for network access less frequently.<br />
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<em>9to5Mac</em> sources claim that Apple is working on still more M7-based Maps improvements. One of these is a parking tool, which would be able to remember where a car is parked, and automatically set a beacon to make the vehicle easier to find. <br />
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It's believed that the current plan for the unannounced Maps improvements is to implement them in iOS 8. Apple could, however, conceivably introduce them through a point release. Major upgrades to iOS have sometimes been delivered that way in the past; examples include initial Pad support, which was only made possible through a special version of iOS, 3.2.
Charles Martin Sep 12, 2013 06:03 PM
Cue Samsung to announce that they have been working on an "N11" motion co-proc chip for years now, and it will show up in the Galaxy 5 in 3 ... 2 ...
Charles Martin Sep 12, 2013 06:19 PM
But seriously, this is genius stuff. A co-proc that takes the load off the main processor (and battery) for all kinds of motion-based calculations is exactly the sort of genuine innovation you don't get from any other smartphone maker.
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