If Apple’s benchmarks hold true in practice, Intel has some quite serious problems.Why would Intel care or cry about Apple Silicon? Intel has AMD to worry about. Only Apple will be using Apple Silicon while the rest of the world will be using hundreds of millions of Intel and AMD processors. Apple has a relatively small market share and those MacBook prices will not do much to increase its market share. The world is full of consumers who want cheap X86 laptops and Chromebooks. Apple still has nothing to compete with those cheap laptops that consumers desire.
Apple Silicon will be mostly dismissed by the tech industry pundits as being an expensive oddity that runs macOS and doesn't support Windows. The computer tech industry always laughs at what Apple does as being stupid. Absolutely no one believes Apple Silicon will replace X86 processors. Old habits die hard for most people. I'm ready to make the Apple Silicon switch as soon as possible. I don't need any more X86 processor computers as I already have four working X86 Macs.
Parallels and VMWare are not processor emulators. They cannot run binary code compiled for one architecture (x64/x86) on another architecture (ARMv8).They didn't mention performance for Windows emulation, did they? What's going to happen to Parallels and VMware? Is the M1 able to run Autodesk Revit with good speed under emulated Windows?
The superior efficiency is not because Apple would be a better chip maker than Intel. It is because the processor core itself is more efficient. There is no way around that without changing the architecture.
You are right, the process is an important part of the puzzle.Nah, it’s mostly down to TSMC’s superior process... They are two nodes ahead. What makes it possible is obviously that the M1 doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Intel’s offerings.
Windows emulation is not part of the future for M1 powered machines. If you want Intel you have to stick to current Intel Macs or buy a Windows PC. Not sure this is a smart stratergy, but Apple has always gone its own way.They didn't mention performance for Windows emulation, did they? What's going to happen to Parallels and VMware? Is the M1 able to run Autodesk Revit with good speed under emulated Windows?
The M1 chip has an eight-core CPU, with four high-performance cores, in what Apple calls "the world's fastest CPU core."
You are right, the process is an important part of the puzzle.
However, even in that case Intel has a problem if either its processes (dozens of billions in investment) are outdated or its processors cannot be manufactured with the newest processes.
But I still maintain that ARMv8 big.LITTLE is significantly more power efficient than x64 even when the same manufacturing process is used. ARM is the most experienced power efficient core designer in the world, and the asymmetric architecture avoids unnecessary consumption near idle with the smaller cores (most of the time).
This is not to say Intel wouldn’t be among the best chip designers. Unfortunately, it needs to carry a lot of legacy stuff with it in the architecture. The playing field is not even.
Actually, the HPC (Hi-Perf Computing) community has been very interested in ARM cores for the last ten years. The shift seems to be happening right now; a couple of years ago everything was Xeon-based, now the number one supercomputer (Japanese Fukagu) is ARM-based and much more power efficient than its rivals.
If Apple are smart (and they are!) they'll have Bootcamp at launch. Given the timelines I wouldn't be surprised if Apple have been working with and probably funding the Windows on Arm work. The Surface Pro X launch last year would be in line with this, and even the original Arm based Surface years ago would align with Apple starting to experiment (they'll have been working on this for many years). Apple will be terrified of monopoly charges on many fronts, and ensuring Windows runs well on these devices will tick a nice box to demonstrate they play well with others. For Microsoft, this could finally make enough Arm devices available to make it a viable direction away from Intel architectures. For developers that would also give enough reason to put the effort in.What will this do for Bootcamp? Will Microsoft make Windows 10 available for ARM-type processors?
Intel is really under the guillotine here, I don't know how they are doing business wise, but they are extremely critisized for being behind the market. They just lost Apple as a customer, they failed with their cellphone modems, they don't build GPUs, and AMD is pushing forward with their "better" CPUs. The future does not look bright for them.Bob Swan is a nice fella. Bad for him, but way too far to commit suicide for this...
Um, Apple went it's own way. It didn't work and no one wanted to develop two versions of their software. Steve fixed this by taking the Mac to X86. Now Tim is taking it back the other way. I'm not at all looking forward to nothing being available again. But, I've also been on PC since the great failure of 2013...Windows emulation is not part of the future for M1 powered machines. If you want Intel you have to stick to current Intel Macs or buy a Windows PC. Not sure this is a smart stratergy, but Apple has always gone its own way.