Start64!ABI Research says in a new report that Intel, Marvell, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Nvidia all announced their first 64-bit mobile processors at Mobile World Congress this year, mainly because of Apple and its A7 chip inside the iPhone 5s.

While many people called Apple’s A7 a marketing gimmick – referring to its 64-bit capabilities – the Cupertino giant is well on its way to actually leverage this specification in future iPhones and iPads. Whereas Android vendors are just beginning to scratch the surface.

ABI says in a press release that “64-bit-compliant smartphones are unlikely to hit the market before the release of the next Android update, expected in the second half of the year.”