What are your thoughts about Apple's latest announcements?
What do you think will happen to Windows and Linux systems running intel and AMD chips if Apple's chips outperform them? Apple's chips are typically 2-3 years ahead of Qualcomm and Mediatek, and Qualcomm chips aren't cheap at all. They already perform faster, cooler, more efficiently than a lot of Windows laptops - imagine a beefed-up Apple desktop CPU.
Why should a developer bother making an app for Android and Windows / Linux while they could easily get it all done for the entire range of Apple devices? This was already a strength for Apple, but now it's a whole new level. Obviously, there are still Android developers, but from what I see, the Android app is always left secondary - only if absolutely necessary. At least for clients here in the UK. Again, why bother spending more efforts to make an app for one platform alone, which probably won't work the same on all Android phones, while Apple development is fully compatible with the entire product line-up?
What does that mean for the datacenter? I can't see Apple bothering to make server chips anytime soon, but what happens when the advantage of their chips, which is already pretty hyped up, outweigh our current AMD / Intel servers?
This is great news for the consumer, but I can't help but feel like it will hurt everyone else - chipmakers, PC makers, Windows, the Linux community.. Inevitably, it will bite everyone's ass.
LinusTechTips with his 256GB Ram desktop machines is now considered low-end compared to iJustine's 1.5TB Ram Mac Pro. Image that scale on an ARM system developed by a company with the biggest R&D budget.
Being involved in product design and manufacturing, I just can't help but feel worried that this will slowly end every other CPU maker, and consequently the adopters of those vintage CPUs.
Microsoft might make an ARM build of Windows, but who's gonna make the chips for those ODMs? Qualcomm is 2 years behind already, whilst being more expensive to license to ODMs in addition to purchasing cost. Apple has it all sorted in house, and wins the developers.
As for Android, I wouldn't be surprised if Google drops it entirely in a few years. It is expensive to maintain as it is free at the moment, and their Pixel sales are pretty bad. At some point, they might want a profit, and they have a history for giving up on things.