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General (non-Linux) => General Discussion => Topic started by: Jason Wallwork on June 29, 2020, 12:32:13 pm

Title: Apple hardware transitioning to ARM CPU (PC World)
Post by: Jason Wallwork on June 29, 2020, 12:32:13 pm
Apple is moving to ARM processors (https://www.pcworld.com/article/3563772/apple-will-transition-from-intel-to-arm-processors-in-2020.html). ARM processors are already used in iPads and Apple claims that the iPad gets better perfomance than Intel-based processors. That seems doubtful to me but if so, I think it's more likely that it's because of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) subsystem and not the CPU (central processing unit). I'm not sure why they're doing it than to save money. Since the transition is happening later this year, you probably don't want to buy a Mac (https://www.pcworld.com/article/3563892/why-apples-move-from-intel-to-arm-means-we-should-stop-buying-macs.html) until after that happens.
Title: Re: Apple hardware transitioning to ARM CPU (PC World)
Post by: fox on June 29, 2020, 02:43:06 pm
I doubt that I would want to buy a Mac even after the transition. I haven't found anything compelling about new Mac computer models since 2015. The iPad is a different story. I find them really first rate and the prices are reasonable. Their lowest iPad model can do pretty much what the higher-end models can do (though not as well), and the price is right. The new MacBook Air isn't bad, price and quality-wise if you like the MacOS. But I would sooner buy a Dell xps 13 for pretty much the same money, to run with Linux.