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Apple A14 & M1 Compared

Mr. Friendly

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the thing that caught my attention is the memory systems. the A14 is quad channel while the M1 is octo-channel. none of the systems have enough RAM to properly utilize that and it's not something Apple is boasting about to help with sales. so curious to have such a spec...
 

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Probably prepping the migration of their entire Pro line to move over. Question is how hard Apple is going to discontinue the X86 software.
 

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I know Rosetta 2 exist but don't trust it to work well enough. Eventually, the x86_64 is going to die completely on the platform just like how it replaced PowerPC code a few years after.
 

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I know Rosetta 2 exist but don't trust it to work well enough. Eventually, the x86_64 is going to die completely on the platform just like how it replaced PowerPC code a few years after.
well, Apple is known to just abruptly drop support for stuff and say deal with it. so I wouldn't be surprised if something similar happens here. they love forced obsolescence...
 

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I already have problems with their 32bit support that was dropped. I have to keep 2 macs handy one with 32 bit support just so I can run some older software. Unity 5 for example is 64 bit but it uses 32 bit utilities under the hood so Unity 5 doesn't work on newer OSX revisions so I don't expect legacy support for anything long term.
 

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Ah, okay, should be more clear. What's going to happen to Intel Mac when apps are more or less ARM based and lack X86_64 code base or even when they want to use an app that's ARM only? Sounds like we are pretty much screwed.
 

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Ah, okay, should be more clear. What's going to happen to Intel Mac when apps are more or less ARM based and lack X86_64 code base or even when they want to use an app that's ARM only? Sounds like we are pretty much screwed.
ahhh...yes. that is a remain to be seen right now. it will / would take a lot to produce an ARM processor to replace the x86 used in the Mac Pro's, so I suspect x86 is safe for for the near future.
 

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