“There have long been rumors that Apple would port the macOS to its ARM-based ‘A’ series processors, replacing Intel CPUs on some Macs. These rumors keep surfacing year after year, without any real evidence,” Kevin Krewell writes for Forbes. “While I’m not going predict that Apple will unveil A10-based Macs this Thursday, there’s evidence that Apple is moving towards that goal. One of the most fundamental challenges for Apple will be the performance of Apple’s in-house A series processors compared with Intel’s Core processors. According to respected newsletter Microprocessor Report, Apple’s own processors are now hitting that goal.”

Apple’s investment in custom CPU design continues to pay off, as the new iPhone 7 delivers better performance than any other flagship smartphone and outscores even some low-end PCs. The phone uses a new processor chip, the A10 Fusion, that contains not one but two custom CPU designs, representing Apple’s first foray into the Big.Little approach that many other mobile processors employ. The massive Hurricane CPU improves performance by 35% over the previous-generation Twister, boosting both the clock speed and the per-clock performance. The smaller Zephyr CPU helps the iPhone 7 extend battery life compared with its predecessor. — Linley Gwennap, Linley on Mobile newsletter, October 20, 2016

“Intel’s Core M products run at only 1.3 GHz in order to sneak under the 5 Watts limit for fanless operation. Only under-clocked Intel Core M processors can fit into thin and fanless MacBooks, but it is possible to use Hurricane at clock speed over 2GHz in fan-less designs like the Apple iPhones,” Krewell writes. “In addition, Hurricane could lower Apple’s costs, make for thinner MacBooks, and give longer battery life, while still offering competitive performance for ported applications.”

“Apple’s relationship with Intel has not always been smooth. Intel took what it the learned from Apple’s MacBook Air products and helped to create the UltraBook category for Windows PCs,” Krewell writes. “Tthe dependence on Intel probably makes Apple uncomfortable.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple owning the primary technologies is, as always, crucial.

I’ve always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do. – Steve Jobs, October 12, 2004

[Apple’s] reason for being is the same as it’s always been — to make the world’s best products that really enrich people’s lives. That hasn’t changed. And we do that through owning the primary technologies. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, August 9, 2016

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