Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Sep 2017 16:40 UTC

With the iPhone X revealed, we really have to start talking about its processor and SoC - the A11 Bionic. It's a six-core chip with two high-power cores, four low-power cores, and this year, for the first time, includes an Apple-designed custom GPU. It also has what Apple calls a Neural Engine, designed to speed up tasks such as face recognition.

Apple already had a sizeable performance lead over competing chips from Qualcomm (what Android phones use) in single-core performance, and the A11 blasts past those in multicore performance, as well. Moreover, the A11 also performs better than quite a number of recent desktop Intel chips from the Core i5 and i7 range, which is a big deal.

For quite a few people it's really hard to grasp just how powerful these chips are - and to a certain extent, it feels like much of that power is wasted in an iPhone, which is mostly doing relatively mundane tasks anyway. Now that Apple is also buildings its own GPUs, it's not a stretch to imagine a number of mobile GPU makers feeling a bit... Uneasy.

At some point, these Apple Ax chips will find their way to something more sizable than phones and tablets.

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Expect ARM Powered Macbook
by vermaden on Wed 13th Sep 2017 18:28 UTC
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Apple will soon introduce ARM powered Macbook along with merging iOS and macOS into one single system, for iPhone, iPad, Macbook, iWatch and iEverything.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Arm powered macbook, yes. IOS on a macbook, no. It will still be MacOs. They are related in many many ways, and the distinction may slowly disappear, but large differences will remain for some time due to the difference in capabilities and expectations for the platforms.

Now macbook air / ipad pro is kind of melding into an in between state. Which is horrifying ungodly creation, that I would burn at the stake, if It wasn't so oddly beautiful. Like unicorn that mated with a crab.

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tylerdurden Member since:

The macbook air is probably going the way of the dodo. I'd bet there's an iPad pro with official keyboard solution in the near future as a replacement.

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RE: Expect ARM Powered Macbook
by Darkmage on Wed 13th Sep 2017 22:18 in reply to "Expect ARM Powered Macbook"
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Good luck getting Photoshop, and all the other apps other than the iLife suite and Apple's own software on that though. Microsoft has had no big successes on ARM and Apple hasn't shown that it can convince vendors to support multi-platform chips yet. Sure going PPC to Intel was smooth enough, but that was migrating towards the most popular chip brands not away from them.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

but that was migrating towards the most popular chip brands not away from them.

ARM is by far WAY more popular than Intel and x86.

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tidux Member since:

Thanks to Linux, FreeBSD, OpenJDK, and Free Software in general, there's already a bunch of applications that compile and run on ARMv8/arm64. If there's no Adobe on ARM, people will learn GIMP or Krita. Office suites, browsers, dev tools, media players, and basic desktop stuff all work fine on ARM. It's pretty much like where x86 desktop Linux was six or seven years ago, PLUS all the Android stuff that could conceivably run in an emulator or chroot.

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