This is a really interesting development, and one that should not be surprising if you’ve been paying attention to hardware. The current ipad pro already beats any intel laptop chip in single-threaded performance, and utterly smokes it in performance-per-watt as well.
But that’s not the whole story - the writing is on the wall at the high-end, too - Amazon just released their second-gen ARM-based servers for AWS, and in fact, I’m working on moving Boing Boing over to them right now - they are cheaper (because they are vastly more power efficient) and have better performance handling usual LAMP stack tasks - in fact the BB workload is about 25% better on the ARM servers running centos 8 aarch64 than on intel.
The other interesting part of this is going to be overall graphics performance. The Intel integrated graphics are laughable compared to what the Apple chips have already. This is going to put every laptop apple sells base graphics waaaaay above a comperable windows laptop, and both can also choose to use discrete chips still at the high end.
I game on my macs, so I’m especially eager to see how they benchmark. The LAMP stack already works on aarch64, and so does xcode, which means homebrew will as well, so that’s all the major pieces moved over for development, and since Apple showed of the Adobe Suite and office running natively already, they’re pretty far along.
What I think will be more interesting now is what Microsoft and Google do next. Chromebooks on ARM are obvious, but I bet Microsoft would love to move to dual-arch too, so their tablet and PCs can unify some.