Mark Liu, co-CEO of major chip company TSMC, has stated that Apple leads the mobile industry’s move to 64-bit processors within smartphones. According to CNET, Liu spoke at the TSMC quarterly results meeting recently and said:
If you observe the mobile device industry, in the past six months we do see the…conversion to 64-bit [in processors] after the Apple [64-bit A7 processor] announcement.
A Qualcomm employee stated back in December,
The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut. Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared.
Starting in the second half of 2014, we expect 64-bit ARM application processors and central processing unit upgrades for smartphones and the micro server market, due to better cost, improved power and thermal performance, and enhanced speed.