Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States every fourth Thursday of November and this year it falls on 25th November. It’s a time where the entire population moves around to go back to their hometown and gather around being thankful for the past year and hoping for the best for the next year.
Traditionally, there’s a Black Friday event in the morning after which everybody wakes up in the small hours of the day, lining up at big box stores to get the best deals of the year.
In a market system where there is healthy and equal competition, the consumer in the end would benefit from the innovation that is forced upon the producers to win and maintain market share. In the case of Intel, the company has been in a dominant position for quite some time and in the end, their product line stagnated and competitors caught up with their innovation. First came AMD with their Rayzen and Epyc line of CPUs.
Update: We also make a comparison between Intel’s 12th Generation “Alder Lake” Core CPU against the M1-series, from base to M1 Max. Read about it here
In the “Unleashed” October event, Apple has updated their best selling workhorse laptop, the MacBook Pro. It not only has an all new design, Apple also debuted two new Apple Silicon dubbed M1 Pro and M1 Max. Apple has bold claims about performance, and more importantly, performance per watt which is paramount for a mobile workstation like the MacBook Pro.
Update: We also make a comparison between Intel’s latest Alder Lake CPU against the M1-series, from base to M1 Max. Read about it here
The M1 chip, the first Apple Silicon, was released in November 2020 with much fan fare. It immediately blow people minds away as it is not only have lower power consumption, but higher performance than a lot of more expensive and more powerful chips offered by their competitors.
On June 2020, during WWDC, Apple announced that the will move their entire platform away from Intel to their own Apple Silicon with the first product coming before the end of 2020. By November 2020, Apple launched their first Apple Silicon for Mac with updated versions of their lowest end offerings: the base Mac Mini, the base MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. Everybody mind was blown away by the performance not only in terms of raw power but also battery life.
After years of bad news, competitors begining to catch up and Apple announced that they are moving away from Intel to their own chip, it is very easy to think that Intel is a sinking ship that needs to be abandon. But Intel is a very big ship and it will take a while for Intel to be truly dead.
This is Intel chart detailing revenue by segment since 2016 until 2020 and the dark blue bars is the client computing group, basically most consumer products like desktops and laptop.
It seems pitting Apple’s entry level CPU against Intel strongest is an unfair fight, like putting a small boy David vs the giant Goliath, but remember, David essentially bought a gun to a sword fight and Apple M1 is basically just that: the gun in a sword fight.
Mindset Differences The architectural reflects the differences in the mindsets of both companies in developing their computing solution. Apple is an integrated systems developer that sells the final product directly to the customer.
It will sound ridiculous, but it will be very interesting to see how a $699 system vs a $600 processor.
You can buy the microprocessor, just the Intel chip which is the Intel Core i9–10900k at Amazon for over $600. It comes with 10 cores, and has hyper threading to make it look like 20 cores. Remember, this is just the processor without hard drive, motherboard, memory, chassis, the power supply to make a base PC.