The Mac's long-drawn-out switch from Intel has become more formulaic than fantastic.
What the article failed to see is how big of a revolutionary change it was from Intel chip to Apple chip for the past 2+ years.
So I will list it down for you for your convenience
- 2014-2020 14nm Intel chip (6 years) to Nov 2020-today 5nm Apple chip (2+ years)
- Intel with low performance IGP vs Apple with high performance dGPU as an IGP
- Intel chips with minority of ICs & functionality on chip that leads to latency increases and resources not being maximized to Apple chips with majority of ICs & functionality on chip so latency decreased and resources being maximized
- Intel chips being power hogs & heat generators like a wall-powered desktop to Apple chips being power sipping & barely warm like a battery powered smartphone
Apple leapfrogged Intel by 6 years of tech improvements and applying what Apple learned from smartphones into their laptops & desktops.
If you are concerned about efficiencies, performance per watt, power consumption and waste heat in your devices then you will buy Apple products.
If you are concerned about Windows programs, computer games & ease of repairs/upgrades then you will buy Intel/AMD products.
On my part I am jumping from a 2012 iMac 27" 22nm to a 2023 iMac 27" 5nm that I hope will be out by Jun 2023 during WWDC 2023.
What gets me excited from this upgrade isn't just the industrial design, raw performance and macOS Ventura that sings on Apple chips but the drop in power consumption from >200W to <100W for the same screen size but 2x the Retina resolution and less waste heat that adds load to my air-con that tries to maintain 24c.
It would have been awesome if the M2 family of chips was on 4nm or even 3nm but we will have to wait for the M3 for a 3nm chip.
I expect the performance to blow my mind.
Going forward Apple has leading die shrink process advantage over Intel/AMD/Qualcomm unless they fumble with the iPhone and cannot order out more than quarter billion iPhones chips annually.