Apple’s Silicon Macs promise screaming performance

Promising Apple Silicon Mac performance benchmarks have appeared on Geekbench as developers begin to speed test these new Macs. It appears they already run as fast as some Windows devices.

The best is yet to come

This data doesn’t tell the whole story. For example, we know these Macs are running an early beta of the operating system; we also know that the speed tests themselves are not optimized for the processors or the OS.

In fact, the data simply gives us a little insight into how well these Macs handle code when run in what Apple calls Rosetta 2 emulation, which is quite promising in itself.

All the same, future chapters of Apple’s “by the playbook” processor migration strategy will likely see Apple translate its leadership in mobile chip development into similar advantage in the PC market.

All according to plan?

Ex-Windows chief Steven Sinofsky calls this “unprecedented execution” because Apple’s chip development teams are already investing in faster, higher-performance processors. The company is expected to introduce 5-nanometer Apple Silicon chips inside iPhones this year – and even that’s not the end of the company’s ambition.

Apple’s processors are mostly manufactured by TSMC, which recently invested billions in a 3-nanometer fabrication facility from which mass production is expected to begin in 2022-23. In other words, while Apple is widely expected to deliver vast performance and power efficiency gains in the next generation of processors in its iPhones this year, by the time 5G deployment really takes off (in two to three years) it will have access to an even more high-performance chip architecture.

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