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Apple said to sell Macs powered by in-house ARM-based chips as early as 2021


Apple said to sell Macs powered by in-house ARM-based chips as early as 2021 – TechCrunch

Apple’s long-rumored Mac ARM chip transition could happen as early as next year, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report says that Apple is currently working on three Mac processors based on the design of the A14 system-on-a-chip that will power the next-generation iPhone. The first of the Mac versions will greatly exceed the speed of the iPhone and iPad processors, according to the report’s sources.

Already, Apple’s A-series line of ARM-based chips for iPhones and iPads have been steadily improving, to the point where their performance in benchmark tests regularly exceeds that of Intel processors used currently in Apple’s Mac line. As a result, and because Intel’s chip development has encountered a few setbacks and slowdowns in recent generations, rumors that Apple would move to using its own ARM-based designs have multiplied over the past few years.

Bloomberg says that “at least one Mac” powered by Apple’s own chip is being prepared for release in 2021, to be built by chip fabricator and longtime Apple partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). The first of these chips to power Macs will have at least 12 cores, including eight designed for high-performance applications, and four designed for lower-intensity activities with battery-preserving energy efficiency characteristics. Current Intel designs that Apple employs in devices such as the MacBook Air have four or even two cores, by comparison.

Initially, the report claims Apple will focus on using the chips to power a new Mac design, leaving Intel processors in its higher-end pro level Macs, because the ARM-based designs, while more performant on some scores, can’t yet match the top-end performance of Intel-based chip technology. ARM chips generally provide more power efficiency at the expense of raw computing power, which is why they’re so frequently used in mobile devices.

The first ARM-based Macs will still run macOS, per Bloomberg’s sources, and Apple will seek to make them compatible with software that works on current Intel-based Macs as well. That would be a similar endeavor to when Apple switched from using PowerPC-based processors to Intel chips for its Mac lineup in 2006, so the company has some experience in this regard. During that transition, Apple announced initially that the switch would take place between 2006 and 2007, but accelerated its plans so that all new Macs shipping by the end of 2006 were powered by Intel processors.

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Five years before it finally entered the smartwatch market in earnest, Apple introduced a square touchscreen nano. Three years before the arrival of the first Pebble, people were already considering the smartwatch possibilities. Accessory makers quickly took advantage, introducing wrist bands that would let it function as a touchscreen music watch. That sixth-gen product ultimately served as a foundation for the popular device to come.u00a0n

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i had just wrapped up ios5 and took it down to show the ID team what notification centre and siri was u2013 and what it could be in the future. i never got to share it with steve. we lost him right after ios5.nn

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  • The Solar watch face was designed as u201cas a way for muslims observing ramadan to quickly see the position of the sun and for all to understand the sun’s relationship to time.”n
  • The butterfly animation was created using real (albeit deceased) butterflies (one of which is now framed in his home).n
  • The touch feature originally went by the name E.T. (electronic touch).n
  • The Digital Touch drawing feature was inspired by his time as a graffiti artist.nn”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:”

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Ventures’ Charles Hudson on ‘the conversation no one has during an upmarket’”,”content”:{“rendered”:”

    For pre-seed startups, precarious times are baseline until they secure their first customer, first hire and first check. But no matter how built-in turbulence might be for a pre-seed founder, weu2019re entering a period where stresses are amplified and outlooks are unpredictable.n

    In light of the new market conditions, a harder fundraising market and slower expected growth, Charles Hudson (founder and general partner of Precursor Ventures) is urging his portfolio companies to reassess their futures with a refreshingly human question: u201cAre you excited and prepared to run this company for the next two years?n

    If not, you might want to do something else. Why? Because if a super early-stage company manages to survive the COVID-19 era, making it out the other end, itu2019s not clear that theyu2019ll be venture-ready when markets recover. As Hudson put it, u201cthereu2019s never been a better time to maybe fold.u201d Thatu2019s because, he explained, startups that merely survive wonu2019t be judged merely against their peers that also survived; they will also compete with brand-new startups for capital and companies that didnu2019t need to hunker down during lean times.n

    Itu2019s possible to make it through, but it wonu2019t be an easy path.n

    TechCrunch spoke with Hudson earlier this week as part of our ongoing Extra Crunch Live series that brings leading founders and investors to our (virtual) stage. Between our editors and journalists and the best questions from the audience, weu2019re working with guests to understand the new world that we find ourselves in. That weu2019re hosting these events virtually instead of in-person is testament to our changed reality.n

    But the chat was far from all gloom; Hudson is bullish on a number of things. Niche publications with subscription economics? Yes. Social services targeting particular audiences? Yep! Precursor is still cutting checks into net-new deals, and while itu2019s wrapping up its second main fund and first opportunity fund, the firm is also raising a new, larger capital pool.n

    The conversation ran the full hour we had set aside for it, meaning we had to condense some later discussions about fintech and the new trade-off between growth and profit, but we did get to diversity in venture and startups in the future, and what impact a recession might have on both (itu2019s a bigger possible impact than youu2019re considering).n

    Hit the jump for the best Hudson takeaways and the full audio recording from the session. Head here if you need Extra Crunch access; there are some trials for just a few bucks, so everyone can access the chat. Letu2019s go!n

    Raising a fund in the COVID-19 eran



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