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2019-03-13, 10:12

Originally Posted by PB PM View Post
A move to ARM on anything other than entry level products and the MacBook would be a big mistake, unless Apple intends to keep Intel for the Pro models. No way ARM can compete with the 65W+ Higher end Intel and AMD 6-8 core multi-threaded high end desktop chips.
We don't really have a basis for this assertion.


Maybe not?

Would you have guessed a decade ago that Apple would even be in the ballpark?

Originally Posted by PB PM View Post
(even the new Mac Mini wasn’t given the latest gem stuff when it was shipping before the Mini came out)

. Could be related to the chip production shortages Intel is having due to their messed up/multi-year delayed transition from 14nm nodes to 10nm.
Well, it has Coffee Lake, but not Coffee Lake Refresh. It entirely uses 65 W parts, and the eight-core parts in Coffee Lake Refresh all require 95 W. That, and the requirement for an iGPU, leaves us with the 9400, when they currently have three different options.

So I don't think the margins argument holds water in this case. For the iMac? Sure. For the Mac mini, once Ice Lake desktop parts ship and Apple is almost inevitably a laggard in using them? Yeah, definitely.