Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021, 17:34 Mac: Hardware

One Year Since Start Of Mac Switch To ARM – What Happened Since The Announcement?

Apple dropped the big bomb exactly one year ago on the 22nd of June, announcing the desired switch from Intel to in-house processors – in hopes of heaving the Mac up to a new level of performance not possible with Intel and also following issues with Intel's own quality control. The announcement was preceded by years worth of speculation which began to significantly increase in concentration by 2018. By the time that the WWDC 2020 rolled around, nobody "in the know" was surprised by the announcement that Apple wanted to use the "A-chips" in a Mac version of the future. However, Apple did not provide any concrete details concerning its plans at the time.

Announced June 2020 – Released November 2020
There was supposed to be at least a five-month wait until the first Apple Silicon Macs were to arrive on the market. Both the product name "M1" and chip specifications were revealed at the "One more thing" event in November 2020. The performance of the processors themselves was even more surprising than the announcement. There were no longer any questions as to whether or not Apple could compete with Intel, instead, the M1 dropped jaws in the chip industry with its impressive performance and energy efficiency.

November 2020 "One more thing" Event
Initially, Apple presented M1 versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13", and Mac mini. These all arrived on the market in 2020, to the great excitement of many users. One man's meat is another man's poison: troubled times dawned for Intel after the loss of one of their biggest clients, as can currently be seen in the company's recent series of hectic ad campaigns. Apple, on the other hand, hasn't even had to advertise the newly equipped Macs, highly regarded as "wonder devices" in the tech media. After many years of stagnation, the M1 served to bring back a loud bang to the computer industry.



12 Months Later: Waiting For The M1's Successor
Even one year later, it's not quite yet clear how things will continue in the performance sector. In addition, some professional software is still being recoded for native ARM support. Worldwide delays in delivery times have also forced Apple to push back the planned introduction of its in-house, high-performance ARM chips by months. There's now a 24" iMac with M1, but still no MacBook Pro M1X, larger iMac, or any Mac Pro with Apple Silicon. If current reports are to be believed, Apple could double the computing power of the current M1 with the M1X and its eight instead of four performance cores.

Things Working Out Alright So Far
Thus far, exactly one year since the announcement of Apple Silicon, Apple has done a good job of not overpromising and delivering on what it has promised. Although the current chips are certainly limited in some regards (connections only suitable for 16GB of RAM), they can still be considered a significant milestone in the history of chip development for the computer industry. Apple completely shocked the chip industry and is now reaping the rewards – with indications that Mac sales have increased by a significant margin. It doesn't take more than the recent marketing campaigns Intel has launched against Apple to show that the M1 is a force to be reckoned with. For one of the biggest chip manufacturers in the world to launch attacks against a company that has only been manufacturing chips for a year shows you what kind of danger Apple's new chips pose to Intel.

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