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iPhone 5s Gets Sweet Upgrade. Samsung Says: Me, Too!

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Daniel Sparks
September 14, 2013

iPhone 5s. Source: Apple.com.

The smartphone battle is as heated as ever. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) just launched its new iPhone lineup, and Samsung is already voicing its plan to quickly imitate its biggest competitor. Is Apple's first-move advantage enough to get the wheels under Apple's stock moving?

Apple's blazing chip to be mimicked
Two times faster than its predecessor, the A7 system-on-a-chip is some great technology. It's the first time -- ever -- a 64-bit architecture found its way into a smartphone.

Moore's Law isn't running out of gas yet. Just check out this chart that Apple showed at the iPhone launch.

Phil Schiller speaking at the Sept. 10 Apple iPhone event. Source: The Verge.

Paired with Apple's motion-sensing M7, the iPhone 5s is a powerful computer.

Unfortunately for Apple, competition moves fast these days, Samsung in particular.

"[O]ur next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," said Samsung co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun in response to Apple's recent announcements.

Even worse, this means that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is probably already developing a 64-bit version