Now that Apple has released the latest version of its flagship smartphone, many people might be wondering: What is the point of having a 64-bit processor in a phone?

That is likely the case, as long as people noticed that detail in what is otherwise a fairly incremental update to the lineup.

Sorry folks, but the iPhone 5S didn’t get a bigger screen. It’s still the same 4-inch display that we had with the base iPhone 5. Which, compared to the bigger screens we see on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and even the HTC One, it seems kinda small.

But Apple is going big on processing power with the introduction of the A7 processor. The 64-bit A7 processor.

With traditional desktops and laptops these days, almost all have 64-bit processors. It’s the norm.

The exact details of how 64-bit chips work compared to their 32-bit comrades is really technical and overwhelming.

Ultimately, however, the chip that runs the show in your iPhone 5S can direct more digital traffic, more quickly. And that, in theory, means your phone can do more at the same time. It should be faster.

But it won’t be, at least not right away.

Other than a small handful of apps currently out there, there aren’t many that can take advantage of the 64-bit processor.

That’s like having a Ferrari but only a school zone to drive it through.

Don’t worry – 64-bit apps will come sooner or later, and then the iPhone can really go at autobahn speeds.

The other reason there is a 64-bit processor is so that the phone can handle the improved camera functions (slow-mode, larger sensor) and the fingerprint scanner, ZDNet reports.