In this new video, I go into Apple’s new silicon, making their own chips and what it means for the future of computing. First of all, there are a few points that stand out right away:
- Better battery life
- Lower overhead for Apple, (they no longer need to pay Intel) hopefully leading to cheaper Macs
- Begins the lead to a convergence where Mac apps will likely be able to run on iOS and the reverse
- Better cooling means silent, dust-free designs
- MacBooks may get cellular data options
- Intel’s security issues with Speculative Execution Vulnerabilities never went away
While more durable, these computers will be less upgradable (if at all) and essentially not repairable beyond the screen, keyboard, trackpad, and port replacements. As they still need to support Intel Macs for around five years from their last release to avoid an outcry from people who bought Macs recently (Mac Pro in particular), Intel Macs aren’t dead yet. But when they do, so may Intel – and Hackintoshes likely will die with them, at least until hackers can figure out how to Hackintosh on ARM. Raspberry Pi Mac Micro, anyone?
Intel Security Issues
The known issues with Intel hardware security were likely the impetus to switch for both Microsoft and Apple, as nothing either company did could make up for easily compromised hardware firmware flaws. Apple isn’t the first to make this move, Microsoft launched their ARM offerings with the Surface X, and are continuing to update their Windows 10 X for ARM platforms. There are Windows computers in the wild running it already, but in true Apple form, they’re likely doing it better. Microsoft only recently announced the ability to run 64-bit x86 applications on the platform. We’ve talked about hardware security issues before.
Good News for Linux
Linux is becoming more mainstream in the light of Windows 10 being awful and Apple hardware being expensive, and while there is no ‘Linux corporation’ to look to for announcements – none are needed this time around. It is fair to say that Linux popularized the ARM platform long ago, with Smartphones, Tablets, smart devices, the Raspberry Pi – and now, with mainstream Linux distributions (Ubuntu and Manjaro) on the Pinebook line and Pine Tab, the latter of which just went for pre-order, while the former has been available for over a year. Better cooling is not a small achievement. This may kill the desktop. The entire reason desktops make sense is expansion and cooling. Both will be less needed or possible under ARM. At least, at the sizes, we are used to.