The M7 co-processor in the iPhone 5S represents the kind of incremental technical progress to be found in new smartphone models, Noel Randewich writes. The Apple-designed chip is intended to collect a variety of data on its own, and not from user inputs, in a step toward what's called contextual or perceptual computing, he notes. "We're moving from purely computing, where you provide the data, to an intelligent system, where it collects its own data and then computes," Gartner's Sergis Mushell said.

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