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News Apple confirms switch to Arm-based architecture

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  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Staff Administrator

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  2. Er-El

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    This is the beginning of the end for Apple.
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Pfft. This is the... fourth time the company's done an architecture switch? Let's see, 6502 to 68000 to PowerPC to x86 to Arm. Yeah, five architectures, four switches.

    Fancy a wager?
     
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    the vast majority of users will probably never notice as the ecosystem is mostly app driven, where people would care is in the markets apple abandoned years ago (professional non art related type things like engineering and server stuff)
     
  5. Er-El

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    On second thoughts, you're right. They're experts in it now.
     
  6. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

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    Will the switch remove the existing flock from the Cult of Apple?
    No.

    However the marketshare of MacOS will be in the single digits just like that of OS X due to most 3rd party software still being unavailable on Macs.
     
  7. edzieba

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    I guess one concern would be if the remaining holdouts of 'Mac-only creative apps' will look at the choice between porting their software from OSX-on-x86 to OSX-on-ARM, or to Windows-on-x86, and decide "well, Windows has the larger market share so we'll go with that instead".
     
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    Honestly, I'm glad this is happening.
    Not because I think it is the right business move, or because I am affected in any way(the only Apple product I own is a 68K-based laptop). But it means Apple isn't just making overpriced IBM clones anymore. They are making their own personal computer architecture again.
     
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    Which is probably why they are doing it, then they can reduce costs and maximize profits.
     
  10. Guinevere

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    The different type of people who buy macs:

    - Those who want a laptop to do standard ms office & web based stuff
    - Those who have owned a couple of terribly underpowered PCs full of bloatware, crashing drivers and gawd-awful track pads
    - Those who need a Mac for Mac specific software (EG they are a developer who targets iPhones)
    - Those who don't want to run a hackintosh for their MacOS specific needs
    - Those who are after a premium experience (In their opinion) and they get drawn to the biggest player in the room
    - Those who have had an iPhone for years and feel locked into the ecosystem so tightly they even buy an Apple laptop.

    I don't think there's many people around who are into the 'cult of apple'. I rock a google Pixel as my phone, a Ryzen built workstation / VR workhorse as a desktop but my go-to machine is my 2012 MacBook pro as it's still a great machine (Quad core i7@3.4Ghz), it works just fine and runs everything I need. All three play nice together so that's not an issue.

    If it was to die, I'd buy a PC laptop as I don't need to run Xcode these days. Microsoft have come a long way from crappy trackpads, poor battery life and OEM installed bloatware.
     
  11. Osgeld

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    Microsoft has nothing to do with preinstalled bloatware or crappy trackpads
     
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