Apple A7 64-bitAfter publicly stating that 64-bit was a gimmick in Apple’s latest A7 processor which was introduced with the iPhone 5s, a Qualcomm employee states the opposite: Qualcomm is wetting their pants. The employee, which remains anonymous, told HubSpot.com writer Dan Lyons that Apple’s 64-bit hit Qualcomm entire company “in the gut.” Here’s what the employee had to say about Apple’s A7 65-bit processor:

The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut,” says the Qualcomm employee. “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.

The roadmap for 64-bit was nowhere close to Apple’s, since no one thought it was that essential,” the Qualcomm insider says. “The evolution was going to be steady. Sure, it’s neat, it’s the future, but it’s not really essential for conditions now.”

But once Apple introduced a 64-bit processor, all the other phone-makers wanted one too. “Apple kicked everybody in the balls with this. It’s being downplayed, but it set off panic in the industry.

64-bit processors are mainly used in computers. Apple was the first company to put a 64-bit processor in a smartphone when it released their iPhone 5s. Apple’s 64-bit CPU is also used in their latest tablets including the iPad mini models and the iPad Air. Now Qualcomm and Samsung will put 64-bit CPUs in their smartphones chip.

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