Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jan 2018 23:35 UTC

For several years, Apple has been steadily designing more and more of the chips powering its iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches. This creates a better user experience and helps trump rivals. Recently the company got a fresh incentive to go all-in on silicon: revelations that microprocessors with components designed by Intel Corp., Arm Holdings Plc and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. are vulnerable to hacking.


That original “system-on-a-chip” has since been succeeded by increasingly powerful processors. Today, Apple packs its devices with custom components that process artificial intelligence tasks, track your steps, power game graphics, secure Face ID or Touch ID data, run the Apple Watch, pair AirPods to your phone and help make Macs work the way they do. The result: a chip powerhouse that could one day threaten the dominance of Qualcomm Inc. and even, eventually, Intel.

Apple's chip business really puts the company in a unique position. No other phone or PC maker can rely on such a powerful chip division, with the exception of Samsung, but Samsung's own ARM chips are nowhere near as powerful as Apple's. Assuming Apple manages to turn their chip prowess into real-world advantages for users, it'll be hard for competitors to catch up.

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Sit and wait for Huawei
by Lobotomik on Wed 31st Jan 2018 09:21 UTC
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They also make their own ARM chips; not as heavily customized as Apple's, but including their own IP, and with performance competitive with Qualcomm's best, so not that far from Apple's (reality distorsion field notwithstanding). Unlike Apple, and like Qualcomm, they not only make the SOCs (the computer bit in the telephone) but the modems too (the part that puts and gets the bits from the air).

And they sell many, many million units around the world. More than Apple, already.

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RE: Sit and wait for Huawei
by Morgan on Wed 31st Jan 2018 20:19 in reply to "Sit and wait for Huawei"
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Don't forget they include a free backdoor with each and every device purchase!

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Don't forget they include a free backdoor with each and every device purchase!

So does everybody else.

I'm far more concerned about PRISM spying on me than somebody in China spying on me.

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