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[5]: Expect ARM Powered Macbook
by zima on Fri 15th Sep 2017 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Expect ARM Powered Macbook"
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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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They will, if Apple does it. Apple fans are going to stick with Apple platforms regardless of nearly anything, and they have money. That's why Apple's ISVs are willing to chase them across six hardware architectures (m68k, ppc32, i386, amd64, ARMv7, ARMv8) and dozens of OS revisions.

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Though GIMP or Krita wouldhardly be part of that ecosystem... (I can see another commercial app largely displacing Photoshop if it weren't available)

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