Apple’s biggest breakthrough in 2020 wasn’t iPhone 12

In 2020, Apple shares appreciated a remarkable 82.3% with dividends included. Even in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, Apple earnings showed amazing resilience. As the year of COVID-19 lockdowns progressed, enthusiasm ramped up over a potential 5G “super-cycle” kicked in, propelling Apple’s stock price to new all-time highs. In a surprise, Apple split its stock 4-for-1 in August.

Apple Park in Cupertino, California
Apple Park in Cupertino, California

You’d think the iPhone 12 family would have been Apple’s biggest breakthrough in 2020, but it wasn’t.

Apple’s biggest breakthrough in 2020: The first Macs powered by Apple Silicon, the M1 MacBook Air, M1 MacBook Pro, and M1 Mac mini.

Billy Duberstein for The Motley Fool:

How did Apple achieve such a feat in unseating Intel, known as the gold standard for complex PC processors over the last two decades, and solely focused on leading chips? Part of the answer is that the M1 was 10 years in the making, and another is it had help from two key partners.

According to Twitter posts from Shac Ron, a former Apple engineer who worked on the project, not only did Apple coordinate with ARM, it actually helped ARM build its 64-bit custom instruction set architecture (ISA) even before ARM was done building it. “M1 performance is not so because of the ARM ISA, the ARM ISA is so because of Apple core performance plans a decade ago.”

Second, ever since Apple has been designing its own chips, it used foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM) as its partner for highly complex manufacturing. Two years ago, Taiwan Semi surpassed Intel in terms of its manufacturing capability… The close partnership, with Apple as TSM’s prime star customer, is how Apple became the first company to market with 5nm chips, which pack a whopping 16 billion transistors on each M1.

MacDailyNews Take: The M1 was certainly Apple’s most momentous achievement and release in 2020!

See also: Qualcomm insider: Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip set off a panic, it ‘hit us in the gut’ – December 16, 2013

22 Comments

    1. Yes, Agreed… Like These Gear Heads often do, They get so wrapped up in winning an argument over specs, they forget what the Topic was. They don’t actually Create anything useful to the world… GeekBench is their world, Not Photoshop or Final Cut Pro.

    2. This may be a situation where a Literalist interpretation by the SCOTUS may not be helpful to those trying to assert an inalienable right to have their views communicated by Twitter etc.

    3. Misunderstanding the first amendment, which is a part of the Constitution and applies to the activities of the government and government controlled entities, is the CORE misunderstanding of EVERYONE on the right.

      The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents the GOVERNMENT from making laws which regulate an establishment of religion, or that would prohibit the free exercise of religion, or abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the freedom of assembly, or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

      Although the First Amendment applies only to state actors, there is a common misconception that it prohibits anyone from limiting free speech, including private, non-governmental entities.

      There IS a form of government where it’s expected that private entities are controlled by the government such that what you want would be true. It’s called Socialism.

      1. Wrong again, Zero Intelligence. “Everyone” on the Right knows what the First Amendment allows. Who is supposed to conform to it ie. the Government and who is not bound by it. What you fail to realize, is that you don’t need Socialism to ensure everyone has a right to a say. JUST DECENCY!

      2. The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents the GOVERNMENT from making laws which regulate… the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Unless you go to the Capitol of said government that you pay taxes to run, go inside buildings of said Capitol that your taxes paid for the construction and maintenance and have the armed State and laws made to regulate your right ie. No Trespassing to prevent you from exercising your Rights guaranteed by the Supreme Law of the Land, the US Constitution. Funny how that works.

      1. No, Matt, my whole day hasn’t been ruined, just the minute or so I’ve spent reading comments about Apple’s biggest breakthrough in 2020. It happens quite often, actually, because “first rabid then frothing at the mouth” keeps crapping on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about a subject that rarely has anything to do with the post that’s being commented on. He’s like an annoying barking dog that simply will. not. shut. up, and this behaviour, along with the sheer quantity of… I’ll be nice and call it “irrelevant stuff” he comes up with suggests that he can’t possibly have any friends or other interests in life. K?

    1. They are too cheap or lazy to set up their own website, so they have taken over this one.

      I personally find the winners at Apple, like the development of Apple Silicon, a lot more interesting than the ranting of a bunch of losers.

        1. They are angry because a bunch of people have refused to accept the results of an election and have sent a mob to intimidate Congress into reversing the outcome.

          Some of us here are angry because a thread on Apple Silicon has been hijacked to discuss something unrelated to Mac daily news.

          1. Why would any sane person accept the results of any election where mass-mailing of blank ballots without maintaining any chain of custody, not approved as constitutionally required by state legislatures, resulted in fraudulent results?

            Joe Biden is illegitimate and will be illegitimate for as long as he lasts. When Headboard Harris takes over after Joe “departs” (voluntary or otherwise), she will be even more illegitimate than him, if that’s even possible.

      1. From the Throne of High Self Appraisal he proclaims with greatness.

        The manner in which he crowns his opposition as “losers” in his closing statement points to fine-tuned adroitness in making a point.

        Bow to him as he commands.

      2. “They are too cheap or lazy to set up their own website….”

        From the whiner that stood high and proud in pleading with MDN to limit the political talk and then, with sleeze, thrusts a biased political jab.

        Dirty & duplicitous.

  1. And here is Apple’s most monstrous achievement and delete in 2021: Parler App from The App Store!

    You know, because…

    1. Apple has every right to chose its own business partners. It seems ironic that those who claim to be the most anti-socialist here are the loudest about violating the basic capitalist principle that individual people and companies should control their own economic choices. What do you think socialism is, if it is not social control of the means of production? The Chinese government tells companies with whom they can or cannot do business. The US does not… yet.

      1. Parler was a business partner of Apple’s?!? I don’t think so. Apple offered a marketplace that’s it. Like so many others, Parler paid Apple to park it’s App there. I go to McDonald’s because they offer a cheeseburger I buy, doesn’t mean I’m a business partner with them. And don’t get in the weeds about TOS bs, because Apple was just fine with TOS just days ago. So was Amazon. But people say bad stuff on Parler. So? People say horrific stuff on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, et al. I don’t see Apple rushing to delete their presence and request they modify their TOS to Apple’s approval. Apple is just a Johnny Come Lately to the Google Indoctination Internment Camp called ‘Camp Evil’. Pelosi will be your camp coordinator.

      1. Stop thinking like a Commie.

        “Private companies can do what they want.”

        Glad you agree.

        Let’s get all these businesses opened back up now. Thanks for clearing up that debate!

    2. I don’t like anybody being censored or taking away from the right to post a message on Twitter or Face(book). I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept that… “Let’s see, I, as the judge of the Holy Inquisition, will punish you because I think what you’re saying is harmful.”

      Where is the law, where is the regulation, what are the norms? This is an issue of government, this is not an issue for private companies.

      Facebook’s decision to silence the current leader of the United States calls for a debate on freedom of expression, the free exchange of information on the web, democracy and the role of the companies that administer [social] networks.

      — Andrés Manuel López Obrado, President of Mexico

      I think that the ban of Donald Trump on Twitter is an unacceptable act of censorship… Among the people who have Twitter accounts are cold-blooded murderers (Putin or Maduro)… For many years, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been used as a base for Putin’s ‘troll factory’ and similar groups from other authoritarian countries. Those who denied COVID-19 exist freely and communicate on Twitter. Their words have cost thousands of lives. And yet, it was Trump who got banned publicly and ostentatiously. Such selectivity indicates that this was an act of censorship.

      — Alexei Navalny, leader of Russian opposition to Vladimir Putin

      You’re losing, Dem/Lib/Prog Big Brothers.

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