The Mac platform The switch to ARM-based processors has given Apple a significant improvement in terms of performance. From the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to the desktop with the Mac Mini and now the new iMac, massive technological gains have forced the competition to react.
One of the advantages Apple had with the iPhone and iPad is the tight connection between hardware and software. The Axx chips are specifically designed for Apple mobile hardware to encourage better integration. They have the same arrangement on the software side, both iOS and iPadOS will only ever run on Apple Silicon. While general-purpose operating systems like Android and Windows 10 have to accommodate myriad combinations of hardware and software, Apple basically has a one-to-one relationship.
This allows for much deeper connections within your device. You can design the processor and I / O chips to complement the software and hardware. This leads to more performance, better efficiency and a lot of leeway in developing your products for different scenarios.
With a nearly unlimited number of configurations available in the market, this isn’t an advantage Microsoft can leverage with Windows 10 – with one notable exception. There is one area where Microsoft can and will use an approach similar to Apple’s macOS. Windows 10 on ARM.
Qualcomm is working on its third generation Snapdragon 8cx chip. This series was developed for laptops and tablets and runs with the ARM-based version of Windows 10. A variant of the 8cx chips of the first and second generation can be found in Microsoft Surface Pro X.
The third generation promises a significant increase in computing power (according to the latest benchmarks). While it’s nowhere near comparable to Apple’s M1 chips, it offers near parity with Intel and AMD on hardware with similar prices. As stated by WindowsLatestMicrosoft has “promised to work closely with Qualcomm and OEM partners to make Windows run great on ARM.”
It looks like Windows 10 will take advantage of closer hardware-software collaboration later this year.