Intel Says 10nm Chip Development is On Track

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  1. oldMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2001
    They really are not that far apart at this point. Apple's ARM designs have made huge gains with each annual generation and Intel's processors aren't progressing at anywhere near the same pace. It's quite possible that Apple will hit a wall around the same place that Intel is now, but given the pace, we (and Apple) will know that very soon if they don't know in the lab already.

    On top of getting close to performance parity, the real story is how much more energy efficient Apple's processors are compared to Intel at the same performance levels. Even without hitting performance parity with Intel's fastest chips, it's likely that Apple could deliver a decently performing laptop *now* with much better battery life than a similar Intel-based laptop.
  2. bdkennedy1 Suspended

    Oct 24, 2002
    Based on your opinion. Apple under clocks their processors. No one except Apple knows what they are capable of.
  3. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    Apple has much more experience with successful architecture shifts. They’ve also built the infrastructure (mac App Store, bitcode, etc.) to make it work.
  4. oldMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2001
    Just pointing out that this is either fake or overclocked (i.e. not production-reliable hardware.) Reference:

    Real numbers are closer to 6250/33037. Still impressive, but Apple has a friggin' phone scoring 4795/11218. If Apple really put their efforts into developing a Desktop processor on ARM (no doubt they are), they could likely do better than their ultra-low-power phone processor scores.

    My prediction is that will be *painfully* obvious to Intel (and everyone else) by the end of 2019.
  5. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    No, if the trend continues, TSMC 5nm will be like Intel 7nm (and it could be that TSMC 3nm will be like Intel 7nm).
  6. Unregistered 4U macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Seeing as how they are designed to hit just over 2 GHz, one must assume that some chips on that wafer could possibly clock far higher given the right voltage and cooling.

    And, I wouldn’t doubt that a few lucky ones make their way back to Apple’s research labs :)
  7. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    With the current processes less advanced than Intel 14nm and the next one comparable to Intel 10nm.
  8. Unregistered 4U macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    I would think that’s primarily because Windows has a LOT of choice. As a developer, do I want to develop for the leading edge making a tiny amount of money, or the HUGE middle and make a lot of money? With Apple, the proposition will be more like “Do I still want to be a macOS developer?” Because if Apple phases out Intel, the developer doesn’t have a choice. They either support ARM or fold. Sure, they could continue trying to support the old architecture, but all someone has to do is replicate their app in ARM and their customers would dry up overnight.
  9. Fmello macrumors newbie


    Apr 19, 2016
    If Apple did design their own chips for their Macs, what would you hope to see in that chip if it came to fruition?
  10. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    Still on my 14 NM Broadwell, but I won't be considering a MacBook Pro upgrade until Apple actually does get 10 NM chips from Intel. Although the optimizations Intel has added to minor revisions like Skylake, Kabylake and Coffeelake are welcome, its still just a rebadging.

    On top of that, honestly would be wary about jumping on 10 NM early, which puts my upgrade strategy around late 2020 on track.

    I am starting to feel the growing pains with my Early 2015 MBP though. Basic apps like Office 365 and single Windows 10 VM I use are struggling.
  11. Unregistered 4U macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    And, whatever Apple comes out with won’t HAVE to perform better than Intel at all tasks, it ONLY has to run macOS faster than Intel, Logic faster than Intel, Final Cut Pro faster than Intel, Pages faster than... you get the picture. If they can show macOS on ARM processing a Pixelmator image faster than macOS on Intel, they’ll have some day 1 converts.

    Speed may matter more in emulation, but emulation is not a big part of Apple’s future. Try going to to and searching for Emulation or Virtualization. Unless you already knew about Boot Camp, you would have found nothing that points to, say, being able to run other OS’.
  12. iPadified macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2017
    Care to elaborate? Why would x64 be more difficult than ARM? 10 nm defines the feature size such as a gate or part of a gate. In my ignorance I though a gate was a gate and the configuration of transistors and gates defines if is a x64 or ARM architecture.

    1D size measures in processor industry is mostly marketing... Transistor per square cm would be a better measurement.
  13. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Intel is a bit more conservative with its process size labelling. Intel's 10 nm is closer to TSCM's 7 nm than to TSCM's 10 nm process.
  14. Oculus Mentis macrumors member

    Oculus Mentis

    Sep 26, 2018
    Would really owning your own design give you total control over the uncertainties of the manufacturing process?
  15. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    While not a perfect match, Intel's 10 nm process is grouped under the "7 nm" processes label:
    --- Post Merged, Oct 23, 2018 ---
    They did, that's when they decided to kill off the Mac Pro and started work on the iMac Pro that shipped almost a year ago. It was only later when they had a change of hard and moved to resurrect the Mac Pro.
  16. BeamWalker macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    Because No-Competition always works out great for the customer.
  17. opeter macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    There is competition in form of Windows, Linux etc., not to mention the many other manufacturers of hardware.
    Apple is a long time not the only option.
  18. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    There hasn't been a single year where Apple hasn't updated the Macbook Pro plus another laptop line (MB: 2006-2010, 2015+, MBA: 2008-2015). The iMac has also been updated every single year except 2016.

    Apple simply has two computer categories: Those that get updated yearly and those that don't. The former include the MBP, MB, MBA until 2015, and the iMac (with one exception and a few asterisks). The latter include the Mac Pro, Mac Mini and their cheapest laptop model (13" non-retina MBP from 2013 on, 13" MBA from 2016 on).

    Whenever somebody mentions the first category, others chime in with "But but, what about the second category?", and vice versa.
  19. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    My point was... whenever there are certain Macs don't get updated... it's not because of Intel. My reply was to a comment about "Intel delays" :)

    You're right about the first category. Let's call those the "good" Macs. Those get updated regularly.

    But when you only have 7 product lines... and 3 of those 7 sit abandoned... it sure looks funny.

    Again... it's not Intel's fault that the Mac Pro, Mac Mini and Macbook Air haven't been updated in ages.
  20. donileo macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2009
    Given you are saying that the complexity of the chips is different which I assumed, can you explain why “arm” chips are being touted as desktop class and desktop replacements? If they are so simple why are they being said to replace intel in Macbook Pros in the future. In the server space they are already making headway with 64 core chips etc etc.
  21. asiga macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    Apple is not doing it better with their T2 chips (2018 MBP BridgeOS KPs not fixed yet, even after countless supposedly fixes that didn't fix it). I prefer Intel, but that's irrelevant because I won't be a Mac user anymore when MacOS becomes as user-unfriendly and user-controlling as iOS.
  22. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    ARM chips are definitely not in the same class as desktop chips. My 8700k runs circles around them in complex functions.
  23. manu chao, Oct 23, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2018

    manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    But delays at Intel have delayed updates for those 'good' Macs too (by months, not years). And talk about MBPs (probably the most regularly updated Macs) being late has been quite common over the last couple of years.

    Thus when somebody says Intel is the reason for some delays in new Mac releases, part of the readership thinks of those situations when the 'good' Macs were late due to Intel's delays and another part of the readership thinks of those Macs were Intel was not at fault. The very same sentence is read differently depending on what you think the author tried to convey. If you think Macrumors are Apple apologists, then any sentence with the words 'delays', 'Intel', and 'Macs' might seem as an attempt to whitewash Apple. But if for some reason you are a bit more prone to give people the benefit of the doubt, you just assume that the most innocent explanation for such a phrase is the correct one.
    Before the MBA was 'abandoned' (which happened essentially in 2016 when it didn't get an update alongside the other laptops), the non-abandoned products (ie, all except Mac Pro & Mini) probably comprised 95% of all Mac sales.

    Moreover, your contrasting of how 'normal' manufacturers update their products and how Apple does it is a bit facetious. Apple simply has far, far fewer models and thus releases updates only a few times per year. Often probably only two or three times a year.
    And I guess my point is that nobody ever claimed such or even tried to imply such a thing. You are seeing something that I don't see.
  24. Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2005
    Hardware support is not the issue. How many more OS updates did PowerPC Macs receive?
  25. cube, Oct 23, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2018

    cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    You could install Windows 10 on a PC from 2006.

    You could install a latest Linux on a PC from 1989.

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