Competition for ARM Space is a Good Thing

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    https://hothardware.com/news/qualcomm-snapdragon-sc820-soc-to-battle-apple-m1

    From the article:
    "Windows 10 on Arm is off to a relatively slow start, but the hope is that PCs using Qualcomm's Snapdragon-based SoCs will eventually grow to account for a healthy portion of the market that is now dominated by Intel and AMD processors. Currently, most Windows 10 on Arm devices are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx or 8cx Gen 2 SoC. However, Qualcomm is of course working on a successor, which is reportedly being developed under the internal name SC8280."

    PS: Windows on M1 Macs are currently a hit or miss thing. Windows compatibility has not been a stated priority for Apple. Where Apple could seriously make a dent is the turdbook sector between the abacus and the flagship DTRs. I'm focusing attention on complimentary laptop systems which don't try to duplicate or replace the PC desktop, and don't cost an arm and a leg.
     
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    Give it a year or two and windows devices will be keeping with the Mjesus chip using arm processors. Like most, they were just sitting back since no one was using them, etc. now, apple starts the Arms race, and not 2 months later, qualcomm has an answer...not as if that processor wasn't in the pipe for a while.
     
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    While the M1 benchmark results are impressive, they are upper mid range by today's laptop standards. Will the tech scale up to the point that it can beat Intel and AMD in enthusiast/real pro laptops, not to mention desktop workstations? Probably not in a while.
     
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    I think the reviews all need to come with a bit more detail on how they tested. In my daily uses, the M1 Mac wouldn't cut it. The problem is it *probably* isn't the chip's fault, it's Apples fault for engineering main memory directly into the CPU package.

    I know ppl that have 75-100 open tabs, run Heaven knows how many sheets loaded onto X number of open Excel files, run 4 or 5 simultaneous Virtual Machines, large data crunching, and the list goes on and on. 16GB of RAM just isn't going to cut it in the professional world.

     
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    I think in order for it to be seen as desirable, revolutionary, relevant, necessary or beneficial is going to require significant effort and they could have a tough row to hoe. Apple's market share is already comparatively tiny and mostly irrelevant in the business realm. On top of that, not all Mac users are eager to spend waste money on something new when what they have is adequate. If Apple does their typical strong-arm Digi-Nazi crap to force the change, they will further alienate their already-weakening customer base that are fed up with that nonsense. It won't drive away their diehard fanboy cult, but those that are finding Apple to be an amazing source for dead-end technology and those that are growing weary of an institution that only thrives in a planned obsolescence model to generate revenue probably won't be eager to bite. There will be some with sufficient disposable income to allow for curious exploration, but the novelty will likely be short-lived if their world is already dominated by Windows computing.

    Time will tell, I suppose.
     
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