The Technology and Impact of the Mac’s Move to Apple Silicon

Macs Will Transition to Apple CPUs

The Week’s Apple News Debris

• Okay, we now know Apple is switching its Macs to Apple Silicon (ARM). The implications are enormous. So if you’re looking for a sweeping overview of the ARM technology, I found it. Here’s everything you need to know. This article from ZDNet is just about required reading for today’s Mac user.

MBA 2020. First to Apple Silicon?
2020 MBA (Intel). First to go Apple Silicon?

In addition, a former Apple exec, Jean-Louis Gassée, thinks this move will have a dramatic effect on the computer industry. See: “Former Mac boss predicts PC makers will have to dump AMD and Intel to ‘go ARM’.

… he says Apple’s decision to phase out Intel CPUs in favor of its own silicon based on ARM will force “PC OEMs to reconsider their allegiance to x86 silicon…and that will have serious consequences for the old Wintel partnership.”

9to5Mac has a nice article on NBCUniversal’s Peacock TV streaming service. All the essentials. “NBC Peacock: How to watch free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, what’s available, how to cancel.

• Are you pondering your move to macOS Big Sur? Why make the leap? Here’s a nice overview of the most visible changes. “MacOS Big Sur: 5 of the best new features in Apple’s latest OS.

• Apple is very conservative in its iPhone battery technology. Very, very rarely, out of a 2+ billion iPhones sold, do we hear about an iPhone battery catching on fire. So it’s not surprising to hear about a reduction in battery design capacity to meet worldwide safety certification standards. Still, in the process of being sensational, Forbes’s Gordon Kelly dishes up a juicy dose of battery notes. “Apple Reveals Serious Battery Problem For New iPhone 12 Models.

Trusted Reviews gives us a glimpse. “What does the iPhone 12 look like?

The phone also has a more angular design than Apple’s previous iPhone 11 line, that’s more akin to the classic iPhone 5.

Many iPhone users have fond memories of that chiseled, squarish aluminum design and look forward to its return.

With Thunderbolt 4 assured on Apple Silicon Macs, it’s time to look at TB4 tech. Cult of Mac investigates: “Thunderbolt 4 brings only incremental advances over Thunderbolt 3.” This article clarifies important TB3, TB4 and USB-C details.

• Finally, if you’re thinking about a new Apple Watch in a few months, it’s time to check out CNET’s Apple Watch 6 rumor roundup.” This article covers everything we think we know right now about AWS6.

Particle Debris is generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article(s) of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.

7 thoughts on “The Technology and Impact of the Mac’s Move to Apple Silicon

  • ARM was originally based on the 6502?!
    I feel like I’m coming home!

    I always thought of Intel chips as ‘backward thinking’ technology since it has always been based so closely on the original 8008.
    I agreed with the analysts who derided the original IBM-PC for using off-the-shelf technology instead of advancing the technology by using a 16-bit CPU. PCs have ALWAYS been lagging behind.
    I suspect that’s a lot of the reason the CPUs run do damned hot. They’re just trying to push that backward technology too hard.

  • With an Apple Mac OS market share of 9.4% and a Windows market share of 87%, I really do not expect Apple’s move to ARM to have much of an effect in Window’s dependance on Intel or AMD. Again, the server world with Dell, HP, and Super Micro will continue to primarily depend on Intel for processor design for the foreseeable future.
    Maybe in the consumer laptop design maybe ARM cam make in-roads due to less power consumption but, the Dell and HP lap-top designs for power users still tend to be chunkier designs in order to promote better cooling which is something Apple always shied away from with elegance over functionality.
    Biggest effect will be on Apple users. Should we buy Intel Macs now or wait for ARM Macs? Will the transition be as smooth as advertised? Will Intel Mac support be dropped sooner than it normally would if the transition to ARM was not occurring? Will Enterprise software development for ARM Macs make the transition or default to Windows or Linux as more stable and widely used platforms. These are the bigger questions than the rest of the industry moving to ARM as a catch-up to Apple.

  • AppleWatch Rumours: I’m holding off until the AW has blood pressure and/or blood sugar. The other features are nice, but not essential. BP and B sugar would get me to put my money down right now.

    1. I’m holding off until the AW has blood pressure and/or blood sugar.”
      Also body temperature and COVID testing.
      I bought the first generation AppleWatch and have upgraded several times, I don’ regret those purchases, it was life changing. Starting when I got my first AppleWatch I used the fitness feature to help lose 80 lbs, and have kept it off. Other watch apps and features are very “handy”.

      1. They sound great. The technology is drool-worthy. But when it comes to dropping 500+ clams X2 on something I’m very conservative. I have thought seriously about each generation from the fourth onward. My wife and I even started looking as AWs in the stores. But we just haven’t gotten in the frame of mind to get them yet. There hasn’t yet been something that made me HAVE to get one. No must-have feature. Nothing life changing. Mind you I held off on the iPhone until the fifth incarnation. I’m just not an early adopter. Maybe the features I listed will be it, maybe something else, I don’t know.
        They are very cool though.

      2. Well $200 each for the basic watch and I have found that it meets my needs, but point taken.

      3. Yes they are cheaper in the US. Here a Series 5, GPS only, AL case, Sport Band, $529CDN.It makes it a much harder sell. They do offer the Series 3 for $259CDN, but that’s missing out on most of the stuff I’m interested in.

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