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The Rise of Apple Silicon

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Can Apple's Bid for CPU Supremacy Succeed in the Face of AMD and Intel's Latest Offerings?

With the support of TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation), Apple has managed to maintain a solid lead over other smartphone makers for quite some time. One of the key reasons for this is that they produce just a handful of models and each department works closely together, ensuring that necessary hardware features are included while redundancies are scrapped.

Oh, how time flies...

Growing up as a child of the 90s, our computer labs were decked out with monochrome CRT monitors coupled with Macintosh Classic PCs. With a screen resolution of 512 x 342 and a maximum RAM limit of 4 MB, we were lucky the screens lit up at all; as the sun could easily set before you were booted up and ready to game.

Back then, it would have been impossible to predict the rise of such sleek and powerful machines making waves in the future...

A Macintosh Classic -- Circa 1990

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Based on the keynotes presented during yesterday's event, it seems that Apple has struck the perfect balance between energy efficiency and raw processing perfor

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Apple's latest AS M1 SOC which utilizes four high-performance cores and four which prioritize energy efficiency.

Apple's latest AS M1 SOC which utilizes four high-performance cores and four which prioritize energy efficiency.

Apple's November 10th event revealed more than a few surprises...

According to recent benchmarks, the AS M1 chipsets which will be shipping in Apple's latest Macbook offerings have shown a major increase in both CPU and GPU prowess -- even beating out the current Core i9 single and multi-core scores under heavy load.

Although the form factor will initially remain the same, Apple's new SOCs will rock the tech industry with lightning-fast benchmark speeds...

Although the form factor will initially remain the same, Apple's new SOCs will rock the tech industry with lightning-fast benchmark speeds...

It likely goes without saying, but if you're in the market for a Macbook, your best bet is to hold off for one of the newest Apple silicon models. With Apple's

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So, what do you think?

The Value Proposition...

Ah, the Apple tax. I'm sure you've heard this mentioned countless times before. It's that inescapable premium you must pay before laying claim to that shiny new gadget you've been coveting...

But is it real or imagined? True, Apple is hardly in the market of selling budget items. However, have you ever considered the cost of purchasing a Windows PC with basic video, audio, and text-editing software that's on par with Apple's offerings? If so, you've probably noticed that Microsoft lacks anything comparable.

Oh sure, there are plenty of offerings from Adobe. I mean, if you're into shelling out your life savings each month... ad infinitum.

On the flipside, with applications as intuitive as iMovie and Garageband, you could be editing and creating your videos and music quicker than it takes to explain the internet to your grandparents.

Why You Should Consider an Upgrade...

If you're itching for some bleeding-edge tech, then look no further. Apple has you covered. Not only can you run ARM-based apps unimaginably fast, but with the inclusion of Rosetta 2 software, all of the Intel applications will instantly be compiled into ARM-friendly code upon first launch.

And with the option of running iOS and iPadOS apps on a Macbook, the software library has never before been so extensive. Although the controls for certain apps may be slightly clunky, given the lack of touchscreen input, with a decent bluetooth gamepad, Apple might finally have some titles worth playing.

Many of the largest software developers were early to pick up a developer's kit and will have native versions of their apps available upon launch. So unless you rely heavily on more obscure software titles which may run poorly through emulation, then I highly suggest making the switch.

As an early adopter, you shouldn't have many concerns about glitches which have historically plagued such devices. Apple has had made enough architecture transitions to know what they're doing, and I have a feeling that we'll have some solid products to look forward to this month.

Why You Might Want to Hold Off...

If this all sounds too good to be true, perhaps that's because it is. While many of us rely on running Windows-only applications, the possibility of running Bootcamp or Parallels is no longer an option... at least not yet.

As Microsoft delves deeper into the world of ARM support, it's very likely that fluid emulation of Windows on Apple Silicon will become a common occurrence. But until then, it's important to consider your exact software needs and whether Apple's latest offerings will have you covered.

For casual users and those who depend heavily on Apple's proprietary applications, I can't imagine a better option -- especially considering the price-cut which follows Apple's escape from Intel. Not to mention the more consistent launch dates, given their direct control over chip production.

So, at the end of the day, should you buy it? Well, that's largely a personal question which boils down to your individual needs and preferences. But as far as I'm concerned, it's a huge leap in the right direction and will certainly tick the boxes for most.

Signing out,
Tyler

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