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Qualcomm: Apple 'hit us in the gut' with its 64-bit A7 processor

Qualcomm had no idea Apple were working on a 64-bit A7 processor, surprised them instead.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Dec 17 2013 6:36 AM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

We've already witnessed what happened to Qualcomm over Apple's 64-bit-capable A7 processor, but it looked like it "hit [Qualcomm] in the gut", according to an unnamed Qualcomm employee.

Qualcomm: Apple 'hit us in the gut' with its 64-bit A7 processor | TweakTown.com

Dan Lyons, a tech columnist, reported from the unnamed Qualcomm employee: "The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut. Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared. It's not that big a performance difference right now, since most current software won't benefit. But in Spinal Tap terms it's like, 32 more, and now everyone wants it."

Not that 64-bit processors are changing the way users use their iPhone 5S smartphones, but it's a good step in the right direction. Apple now just needs to use some innovation outside of the iPhone, instead of inside of it.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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