Dawn of an ARMy: Just how influential will Apple’s move to ARM based CPUs for Macs be?
Here comes Apple’s ARMy….get it?
A few months ago at their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) Apple announced their in-motion plan to move to ARM-based processors named Apple Silicon. We had speculated about it before, and the tech press has spent the last few months speculating just how influential this move might be, for Apple and the rest of the tech industry. But with Apple’s upcoming November 10 event where they will likely announce these new ARM-based Macs, it’s time we take one more stab at talking about Apple using similar processors in Macs to the ones it uses in iPhones, and not just how it affects you, but how it can change computers as we know them.
So the nitty-gritty techy stuff of why ARM CPUs are a significant change from Apple’s current Intel x86 ones (as well as the whole RISC architecture vs CISC architecture stuff) can be see in the pretty technical video above courtesy of Engadget. However, we’re not really here to jump into that. In fact here’s the big reasons Apple wants to move to ARM processors, for those who didn’t read the last article:
They’re potentially faster or “more powerful” : The whole reason Apple is even embarking on this move is because of the strides they’ve made with their A Series chips on the iPhone and iPad over the past few years. The chips are essentially lauded as being some of the best performing processors on the planet and this is because of the deep system level integration of the processors and Apple’s iOS , a benefit it has due to producing it’s own hardware and software. Apple wants to do the same with MacOS and based on how well they can do it, we could see cheaper to manufacture Macs outperforming the best Intel based machines and possibly making everyone rethink using a Windows PC.
Power efficiency: Apple’s ARM based designs are essentially mobile chips originally intended for smartphones, this means power to performance ratio is of uttermost importance to them as they have to save battery in smartphones. Apple’s iPads are especially lauded as battery champs even with some pretty regular use and if ARM based laptops follow the same path, well there could be some very interesting changes to how we use laptops if they last all day.
Design and aesthetics” I’ve said this before, the iPad Pro disappoints me because it’s easily one of the most attractive computers on the market yet it essentially runs ahandicapped operating system in iOS/iPadOS. Well what if you stopped needing the iPad as a whole and could just get a very thin, elegant, beautifully designed MacBook that was just as light to carry and even faster. It almost sounds like a dream come true, but this is the exact appeal Apple wants when it shows these machines on Tuesday.