Of course, we all know the subsequent results of these efforts. With Intel’s complete abandonment of the mobile processor business, Microsoft Windows Phone completely disappeared from the market, and the experience of non-x86-based Surface crashed, completely declaring the failure of these integration transformations. Microsoft is defeated. The ecological environment and long-term use of the Windows system have restricted the transformation of these application models to be difficult to integrate with mobile. The ARM-based Surface experience is also very bad. Intel is defeated. The x86 architecture has high power consumption and complex compatibility challenges. It is destined to be unable to integrate with the future mobile world. All emerging future fields have chosen ARM instead of x86. But Apple is different. Apple’s key is that the system and ecology are in their own hands. macOS can run on x86 chips or run on ARM through adaptation. The important software in macOS can also be achieved through predictable efforts. adaptation. What Apple has to do is just wait for the opportunity. When Apple’s ecology is full of wings, it becomes logical to switch from x86 architecture to ARM.
All MacBook series use M1
M1 is Apple’s first self-developed chip and the first self-developed SoC chip used in the Mac series. M1 uses a 5nm process, has 16 billion transistors, integrated CPU, GPU, and cache. Four of the eight cores are high performance, and the other four are both high performance. A single high-performance core can match the speed of the dual-core MacBook Air series, which also means that the M1 is more efficient. MacBook Air motherboard with M1 chip The 5nm process technology makes us look forward to this MacBook equipped with an ARM processor. Officially, M1’s CPU performance and GPU performance are faster than previous notebook chips. From the parameter point of view, the single-core performance improvement of M1 is limited, but the multi-core performance improvement is huge. The first products include MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini. Except for the new M1 processor, the overall design of the MacBook series has not changed much from the previous generation.
Is the PC landscape going to change?
Of course, the performance of the processor is crucial, but if the performance experience expected by Apple can be achieved on the first product, then the first step of the architecture transformation will be realized. The more detailed experience is done by the optimization of the system and software. Fortunately, Apple’s replacement of the architecture is not an idea to shoot the head. Faced with this complex project, Apple started the system and software migration and developers very early. Development of migration tools.