Apple konča x86 Mac Era leta 2020



One of the biggest tech stories of the 2000s was Apple's transition from the PowerPC machine architecture to Intel x86, which brought the Mac closer to being the PC it so loathed. The transition wasn't smooth, as besides the operating system, practically every third-party software developer (eg: Adobe), had to rewrite their software for the new architecture, with new APIs, and new runtime environments. Apple could be bringing about a similar change before the turn of the decade.

Apple že gradi lastne aplikacijske procesorje za naprave iOS, nekateri novejši čipi, kot sta A11 Bionic in A10 Fusion, pa so že dosegli ravni zmogljivosti namiznih procesorjev x86 začetne ravni. Vprašanje je le, kdaj bo Apple lahko sestavil svoje SoC-je za Mac (to niso samo namizni računalniki iMac, ampak tudi delovne postaje Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air in MacBook Pro). Ta časovnica bo predvidoma približno leta 2020. Ker ti čipi temeljijo na strojni arhitekturi ARM, bodo zahtevali veliko preobrazbo celotnega programskega ekosistema Apple, zgrajenega v zadnjem desetletju in pol. Intelove delnice so ob prvih poročilih o tej potezi padle za kar 9,2.
Source: Bloomberg