Apple was the first to launch a 64-bit ARM chip!

Today was a presentation at which Apple introduced the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the release of iOS 7 .
And few noticed that today the world's first 64-bit ARM chip was introduced - Apple A7 !

Many people wonder - why was it necessary to develop a 64-bit chip for the iPhone 5S smartphone? And of course, smartphones don’t really need such a powerful chip today, but this is a clear groundwork for the future, because:
* Firstly: developing real 64-bit software is not fast - see the article “64 bits” ;
* And secondly: at the presentation itself, Apple itself claims that the 64-bit chip is Desktop-class architecture ! - see photos of the presentation, for example here: “Make the day brighter”: the September broadcast was “in a hurry” in Cupertino!
And from this we can conclude that in the future, 64-bit Apple A7 chips, possibly in a slightly revised form, according to the new process technology and with increased frequency, can be used by Apple not only in smartphones, but also in laptops and desktops, and even in microservers.

And with this, Apple clearly demonstrates that they have seriously and for a long time been engaged in the development of processors, and it is possible that processor engineering is becoming one of the key pillars of the entire Apple business (thereby they become indirect competitors of such giants as: NVidia, AMD, and even Intel).

A bit of history:
* The 64-bit architecture of ARM v8 itself is very young - it was developed by ARM Limited since 2008 and officially appeared only in 2011 (~ 2 years ago).
* In November 2011, AppliedMicro was the first to demonstrate the 64-bit ARM processor core in silicon, which was implemented using the programmable gate array (FPGA) - see: "AppliedMicro: the world's first 64-bit ARM v8 processor . "
* And from 2011 to this day, Applied Micro Circuits has been demonstrating the first prototypes of the 64-bit X-Gene ARM chip, trying to attract software developers to start creating native software for the 64-bit ARM architecture - see: “Developers "Red Hat, Xen, Java, Cloudera are eyeing 64-bit processors in the ARM architecture . "
* Applied Micro Circuits actively advertises its 64-bit X-Gene ARM chip intended for microservers, but was going to start the industrial production of these chips only by the beginning of 2014 (they said that they would do it first - a bummer on their head) - see .: "HOME -> PRODUCTS -> X-GENE . "
* NVidia also introduced Project Denver in 2012, which is developing its own 64-bit processor compatible with the ARMv7 / v8 instruction set, designed for use in PCs and servers, which should be released in 2014 - see: “Information on a powerful ARM processor NVIDIA Project Boulder . "
* Yes, and you can still recall that ARM Limited itself introduced its standard 64-bit kernels Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 only in October 2012 - see: “ARM introduced 64-bit kernels: we meet Cortex-A53 and Cortex- A57 » . In reality, many companies are going to start production of processors with these cores, but not earlier than in 2014 - 2015.

I listed all this, trying to show that, firstly, Apple independently developed its own core of a 64-bit processor compatible with the ARMv7 / v8 instruction set - and brought it to industrial production (and it takes about 2 to 3 years) and did it faster than chip makers like Applied Micro Circuits and NVidia.

And today, Apple has proven that they have not just a small department of several employees engaged in chip manufacturing, but a huge team (you can say a separate company) consisting of several hundred engineers, ready to compete on equal terms with Applied Micro Circuits, NVidia, and maybe even with AMD, and even with Intel.
- And this is a very serious application - the competitors listed above should obviously strain!

What do you think about this?