Apple recently announced Apple Silicon, their overall transition to the ARM architecture. If you’re suddenly terrified of the idea of Macs running around with ARMS (and generally worried about the future of traditional computers), you’re probably not alone! But what does an announcement like this mean for the future of computing? Is this a good thing, or is it just another attempt by Apple to secure a monopoly? (Spoiler: Likely the latter, or at least a mix of both)
EPISODE NOTES/MISTAKES: We referenced that Linus Tech Tips had used a thermal pad to fix the Macbook Air’s cooling. They instead milled the plate to screw in more tightly, accomplishing the same end result (more mounting pressure).
ARM is not only more power efficient due to being a RISC architecture; generally, it’s also expected to be in sleep mode more often than x86 chips, and is often on a smaller nanometer process than x86, meaning it is a physically smaller chip. Decreasing the size of a processor increases efficiency, but is often difficult.
We neglected to mention that Windows on ARM has x86 emulation, allowing for usage of 32-bit Windows applications to run on it, recently they have also added 64-bit support.
Apple moving to Apple Silicon:
- Apple Newsroom, 2020 June 22, ‘Apple announces Mac transition to Apple silicon‘
- Engadget, 2020 June 22, ‘iOS apps will run natively on ARM-powered Macs‘
- Apple’s page on running iOS apps on macOS
Apple’s architecture swap from PowerPC to Intel (x86):
- PCWorld, 2020 June 22, ‘Why Apple’s move from Intel to ARM means we should stop buying Macs‘
- Apple’s page on the original Rosetta
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