Ahh if only ARM was still owned by a small tech company outside Cambridge… Anyhow.
Major news, if not unexpected. Not sure what to make of it. I always thought it odd that Apple chose to go with Intel during the mid 2000s. I guess the partnership has served them well, but there have been problems of late, for those that follow these things…
Intel’s lack of innovation has meant that new releases of flagship products like the Macbook Pro have been filled with gimmicks. Touchbar anyone?
high-end Mac’s and Macbooks have suffered hugely with high temperatures which leads to thermal throttling and reduced performance.
Not good in a premium (priced) system
Will ARM solve that? Maybe. eventually. By being back in control of hardware development, Apple can do more exciting thing and focus hardware to be best when using certain software… For example, make the CPU specialise in rendering After Effects or Premier Pro faster than any similar system - This would have professionals flocking to it, even though there might be less advantage to the mainstream user.
Secondly, ARM are known for being cool and efficient. This might stop the laptops hitting 100 degrees under load lone they do now.
The question then has to be… What the fuck is happening to Intel? Dominated by Ryzen in the home and gaming market, they were caught napping in the professional workstation market too as high end ryzens and threadrippers piss on Intel Xeon… There are even situations where server providers and cloud farms have moved away from Intel - something they have always had the monopoly on.
I wonder what their sales predictions are this year…