M1 Everywhere: Apple accelerates custom chip transition

CommonSenseTech

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Point is that you simply cannot use efficiently same chip on tablets, laptops and desktop. Because usage scenarios are so different.

Even Apple isn't trying to use same chip on phones and all above. That pretty much proves my point.

Why it has to be Same CPU? Having same CPU instruction set is more than enough to allow applications work across devices. Also if power requirements are different, chips are working differently and will not offer same performance/experience. That means Apple should have used different chip to get optimum experience.

The “same chip architecture” is more or less the same as “the same chip.” I’d consider the Intel Core Family to be the same chip despite an i5 being different from an i7.

The usage scenarios for various form factors are converging rather aggressively. For basic computing tasks at the home and office, a tablet or even a smartphone can replace a PC in most areas. Applications are increasingly cloud-based web apps like Office 365.
 

HardReset

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The “same chip architecture” is more or less the same as “the same chip.” I’d consider the Intel Core Family to be the same chip despite an i5 being different from an i7.

The usage scenarios for various form factors are converging rather aggressively. For basic computing tasks at the home and office, a tablet or even a smartphone can replace a PC in most areas. Applications are increasingly cloud-based web apps like Office 365.
More or less but still less. Traditionally i5 and i7 have following differences (depending on generation, of course):

- i5 has fewer cores
- i5 does not have Hyper Threading
- i5 has less L3 cache
- i5 has worse GPU (and not just disabled units)

Very far from Apple's M1 that's basically same silicon.

Yeah, you Can write book with phones virtual keyboard. You Can use pen and paper instead calculator. You Can...

To be honest, laptop is much worse than PC for any serious work, tablets and phones are even worse. Tablets are good for casual BS (like watching movies), laptops are good for light work (like light document editing etc). For everything more serious, PC is miles better. This is very evident when comparing mobile optimized web pages vs desktop optimized. Mobile optimized web pages are always pure crap. I have never seen any mobile optimized web page that is better than "average" desktop optimized web page.

Of course if "most areas" cover taking nude selfies and posting them into whatever gallery pages, then casual devices really can replace PC.