Even Intel admits that Apple has a significant edge over it when it comes to laptop CPUs. A detailed dive revealed that the new MacBook Pro competes with even the greatest Intel-based desktop PCs, with a similar narrative developing when it comes to ultra-high-end GPUs.
However, others have suggested that the lead is either tenuous or fleeting. Former Mac CEO Jean-Louis Gassée and ex-Windows President Steven Sinofsky are two prominent figures who disagree with this assertion.
While Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger may have been hesitant to describe Apple Silicon as “quite decent,” he did agree that the Cupertino business had managed in producing a semiconductor that was superior to what his company had to offer.
However, there have been many who have attempted to minimize Apple’s dominance.
Even based on Apple’s own performance estimates, the chip will be slower than Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake CPU.
However, two industry professionals have both stated that such dismissals are ridiculous.
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple’s lead over Intel
Jean-Louis Gassée was originally Steve Jobs’ head of Macintosh development, and was touted to become the company’s CEO at one point. In a blog post, he disputes the Alder Lake analogy, which pits a contemporary laptop CPU against a future desktop chip. This is obviously absurd, given that Apple is working on a far faster desktop CPU for the next Mac Pro, which will serve as the foundation for comparison.
Intel hasn’t able to pull off a fundamental secret to Apple Silicon’s success, he claims: combining everything into a single processor.
In the case of x86 devices, Intel’s SIP (System In a Package) is an admission of their inability to integrate all of the CPU organs into a single SoC (System on a Chip).
As a result, SIP performance suffers because of its lower interconnect speeds, particularly when compared to a fully integrated SoC. For example, the memory transfer offered by the M1 Pro and Max reaches 200 and 400 gigabits per second, speeds that are unattainable on a SIP CPU implementation.
Steven Sinofsky on Apple’s ‘mind-blowing innovation’
Sinofsky was the former president of Microsoft, and he was responsible for bringing the firm out of the shadows of Vista and into the brightness of Windows 7. Rather of promising a lot and then not delivering, Sinofsky embraced the Apple strategy of announcing practically little until a great product was ready to debut.
Sinofsky calls the M1-based MacBook Pro a “mind-blowing invention,” as he walks us through Apple’s chip history from the PowerPC onward. He claims Apple ditched Motorola in favor of PowerPC for the same reason it ditched Intel in favor of its own CPUs.
Apple was essentially left hanging by a partner for chips, when their core deliverable to customers was a computer. That seemed an impossible situation […]
The M1 chip was a realization of all the iPad and iPhone work (sensors, OS port, security, power management, graphics, and more).
The M1 not only aimed at fixing what ailed Intel, but also PPC. It was learning from the past decade+.
He claims that the M1 Pro and M1 Max demonstrate that Apple can outperform Intel in all areas, not just performance.
When you look at M1 Pro/Max today it is tempting to it think of this in terms of performance, but performance per watt AND integrated graphics AND integrated memory AND integrated application processors is innovation in an entirely different direction […]
The M1x capabilities of shared memory, SoC that isn’t just smaller but has so many aux functions, Pro Res, super fast SSD, even multiple TB ports — all these things require deeply integrated software (from the chipset to the experience).