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Why Apple needs to convert Intel for ARM or RISC




2020 could go a long way in Apple's history. New changes may be waiting for you. According to various reports, Apple is trying to convert the CPU build to its Mac product line. This means that it will definitely stop working with Intel.

Rumors that Apple will announce a change for the next processor platform in the event for developers and developers. WWDC in June (the first being that an Apple developer event will take place online).

Apple is believed to be launching plans from Intel & # 39; s chips for Intel and is much closer to its ARM-based CPUs – having been convinced of its operating benefits on the iPhone and iPad. That's not to say we'll see the first Mac and Apple-made processor in the WWDC, but we can find out.

This change in ARM will be the theme that will define the Mac throughout the year 2020 and 2021.

For starters

It is not the first time that Apple has moved away from the processor builder. In 2005 Apple announced that it would abandon PowerPC instead of Intel. The PowerPC processor was the result of a merger between Apple, IBM and Motorola (sometimes called AIM). In the early days, PowerPC products were working well, with benchmarks comparable to those of competitors, but by 2003 things were starting to go wrong.

In 2003 Steve Jobs introduced the Power Mac G5 to the WWDC stage. At the end of his presentation he promised that the G5 would reach a 3GHz clock frequency in 12 months. As we all know, that didn't happen. IBM was to blame: the 3GHz barrier was simply too high and physically invisible, at least not so with the PowerPC build. The result: Apple switched to Intel CPUs in 2006 and PowerPC went down in history.

The CPU sector is now facing similar issues. Intel's move on 10-nanometer chips is fraught with difficulties and delays. For consecutive clashes of code words that disintegrate even the most cunning and cunning.

That's only part of the problem. Intel's development has slowed and as a result we have seen it for over a year among Macs generations. Of course it has been worrying that Apple has to wait while Intel solves the challenges it faces.

This situation could result in Apple launching another CPU upgrade for its Mac. This time the move will move from Intel to … Well, where?

What's next

Many experts suggest that Apple will move into ARM processor development, in fact a bloomberg report (released minutes after we published the report, so we have a proper review) suggested that Apple will start selling Macs with its ARM-based processors by 2021.

According to Bloomberg sources, Apple is working on a Mac processor based on the A14 processor (to appear on the next iPhone). Bloomberg sources say that this processor will be faster than all other processors and iPad processors.

The processor will be based on a 5nm processor and will consist of eight highly efficient, codenamed Firefire. Four of these cores will be low usage cores, with the Icestorm code name. These processors will use less power than those provided by Intel, according to sources.

While we refer to iPhone processors as designed by Apple, they are based on ARM technology.

ARM began as a rebuilding of the Acorn RISC Machine, built by British computer manufacturers Acorn Computers in the 1980s. The company is now owned by Japanese executives SoftBank Group Corp.

Apple has worked with Acorn previously. In the late 1980s, an ARM-based processor was used on the Apple Newton PDA. Today ArM cores are used on Apple iPads and iPhone. Apple designed its A-series chips for the iPhone and other products – but based on ARM-based operating system. With this foundation in mind, it seems likely that Apple will stick with ARM.

There is yet another reason why ARM seems possible as a replacement for Intel: while Intel's build has only been made with comporadic computer power consumption and power in recent years, Apple & # 39; s A-series processors ARM, they often break all records and depending on the power of the computer itself they are in the process of building Intel.

So, an ACM CPU based Mac is obvious, right? Yes, it can. Apple already has an ArM v8 architecture license and has been using the iPhone's CPU design department for many years. But there is someone else who can be involved and give you the opportunity to decide. Name: RISC-V.

It's a tough business

What is Linux for applications, RISC-V is for CPU construction: Open source! Useful without everyone's license and above all good. Even though Apple is not yet an official member of the RISC-V Foundation, it can still use RISC-V to develop and synchronize not just the main processor, but pretty much every CPU head in the system.

This is because ARM chips are available almost everywhere – on WLAN module, Bluetooth module, power management, network controller, SSD controller and so on.

The RISC-V could be Apple's rescue. The CPU build is under open source license, anyone can use it without a license and adapt it to its requirements. Over time, Apple could use it to improve all the operating companies on all its devices.

Apple loves to completely control as many meetings as possible, and RISC-V can allow that to do that. Of course, it's still a long way to go before RISC-V reaches the ArM performance of buildings, and may be the first "non-Intel Mac" to come with an ARM CPU, but in the long run RISC may be Apple to simply ignore this construction work.

Who knows? Maybe Apple's RISC-V processor is already ready for Cupertino Labs.

Hi MacBook (again)!

Apple has already reproduced and buried the MacBook twice (without the "Air" or "Pro" additions), why can't there be a third edition? The youngest and smallest portable Mac will be the ideal member for the launch of the new CPU version and can be a high-level Mac for an affordable, portable Mac. (We've been saying this for a while: read our article at Next Macbook via Apple processor).

Bloomberg agrees with the idea that the first Mac to get this new non-Intel chip could be a MacBook. The report suggests that the first Mac chips will not compete with the Intel functionality required for high-end MacBook Pros, iMacs, and Mac Pro's, and as a result are designed for the base machine.

Whether it's based on ARM or RISC-V, a mindless design similar to the latest MacBook requires one thing above all: an extremely low temperature generation. Both architectures offer this, at least in comparison to Intel's x86-CISC Intel architecture.

An iOS developer, seeking anonymity, has passed us a screenshot, which provides an important indication that Apple is already trying out ARM-based Macs.

Download iOS / tv-OS app statistics showing suspicious installation of "desktop". This could be Mac's only ARM in Apple's iOS / tv-OS compatibility mode.

The developer – who offers a tool in the App Store available on iOS and tv-OS devices – says that in the Apple Store download statistics for its program, used by Apple regularly for developers, have been showing installation for several months called "The Platform".

How is that possible if this app is only available for iOS and tvOS? The Mac version was never made. He notes that the statistics show that the installation was always happening on benches. So 10, then 5, then 30 a day, and then nothing for weeks.

There is only one answer to this: These sites come from Apple itself. The Mac maker seems to be testing a desktop computer with the ability to run iOS and / or tvOS apps in the form of compatibility mode and automatically testing apps in the App Store.

Of course, this would only make sense if this computer was based on ARM architecture. The new 12-inch MacBook? By thought!

Next steps

Change will not be easy, especially with most of the world currently locked up. Managing change, teams hardware y software Apple will need to collaborate, which can be difficult at the moment.

That is not the end of the problem. Bloomberg notes that Microsoft was offended by making similar changes to ARM for more PCs.

Apple has at least handled this change in the past.

This article was adapted based on an original publication on our sister website in Germany Macwelt.


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