Arm-Based Macs Could Help, Not Hinder, Intel

· Jeff Butts · Analysis

Arm-based Macs Could Help Intel

If Apple moves to Arm-based Macs, will it affect Intel? Some say the move will be a double-whammy, but it might actually help the chip giant.

macOS on ARM and WWDC, HomePod Hopes with Jeff Gamet - ACM 532

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to discuss macOS and Mac hardware on ARM processors, along with their ideas about how much we might see at WWDC. They also discuss their hopes for HomePod and how it might improve.

The Deeper Reason ARM-Based Macs Hurt Intel

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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At first blush, the financial impact of Apple abandoning Intel CPUs for its Macs looks relatively minor. But there’s a deeper reason ARM-Based Macs hurt Intel. And it’s a whopper.

Apple Takes Another Step Towards ARM-based Macs

· John Martellaro · Link

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Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Ian King report:

Apple Inc. hired one of ARM Holdings Inc.’s top chip engineers as the iPhone maker looks to expand its own chip development to more powerful devices, including the Mac, and new categories like a headset.

The company hired Mike Filippo in May for a chip architect position, according to his LinkedIn profile.

For Apple to divest the Mac of Intel CPUs while maintaining X86 compatibility will require some serious engineering skill. This looks like one step in the process.

Future Macs Could Forsake Intel Compatibility

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It’s been presumed that future Macs using A-series CPUs would, via hardware and software magic, maintain Intel X86 compatibility. Maybe not.

Mac Pro Mockups, State of the CPU, and John's Cable Research, with John Kheit - ACM 508

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Some Mac Pro fan mockups have been circulating, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to discuss their pros and cons. And surprise, John Kheit is full of mostly cons, so they also discuss what they think the Mac Pro needs to be awesome. They also discuss the state of the chip industry, Intel’s 56-core Cascade Lake, and Apple’s ARM ambitions for the Mac. They wrap up the show with a look at John’s obsessive research to find the best USB-C cable.

How Apple Might Approach an ARM-based Mac

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Recent reports suggest that Apple may be working on a hybrid Mac, one that has a touchscreen and also runs iOS apps. Just how, exactly, would this work?