Qualcomm Overtakes Apple with Eight-Core, 64-Bit Mobile Processor

Agam Shah, reporting for PCWorld:

Qualcomm has leaped ahead of Apple in 64-bit mobile chip development with its first eight-core Snapdragon 615 chip for mobile devices, which has integrated LTE and 4K video rendering capabilities.

The Snapdragon 615 will go into high-end smartphones and tablets, which should become available in the fourth quarter, a Qualcomm spokesman said in an email. High-end smartphones are typically priced above $500.

Qualcomm developed an eight-core processor, which is awesome, but this news has absolutely nothing to do with Apple. So what if Qualcomm has an eight-core chip while Apple doesn’t? It’s not like Apple will switch from its own processors to Qualcomm’s. And if Shah thinks Apple would actually do that, it’s clear he doesn’t understand the biggest player in the industry he covers.

It really is almost impossible to overstate how useless his comparison is; a useful comparison would be one between a Qualcomm processor and an Nvidia processor. But that wouldn’t attract page views, so, of course, it didn’t happen.

Qualcomm Overtakes Apple With Eight-Core, 64-Bit Mobile Processor