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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RE[3]: Expect ARM Powered Macbook
by zima on Fri 15th Sep 2017 12:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Expect ARM Powered Macbook"
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If there's no Adobe on ARM, people will learn GIMP or Krita.

You're joking, right?

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Kochise Member since:

And people will install linux because windows is proprietary and spy on them.

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zima Member since:

And miniscule portion of people will install linux because windows is proprietary and spy on them.

Fixed that for you...

People were OK with most past Windows editions, so Windows beeing prioprietary is of no concern to them. As for spying - Google is also spying on people, and they happily use Google services regardless / I don't see you predicting an exodus away from Google.

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tidux Member since:

I'm not, actually. That's why Adobe will recompile for ARMv8 sooner or later. Photoshop already had ports to m68k and PowerPC for prior generations of Apple hardware. Apple laptops and mobiles will sell well for the foreseeable future, and companies will chase those profitable consumers.

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zima Member since:

With this post, I agree. But above, when asking if you're joking, I was reffering to the idea that if Photoshop isn't available on ARM, people will switch to GIMP or Krita...

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