Semiconductors have been a hot sector as of the recent decade. Nonetheless, a big fruit company is coming in hot to the market with its recent endeavors, called the M1 Pro and M1 Max. Do the new Apple chips compare to already well-established names?


Disclaimer: The analysis, thoughts, and prediction are only opinions and you do not have to believe it. Also, all images used in this article belong to Apple, AMD, or Intel.


Premise:

In this article, we will be exploring the semiconductor chip world of emerging giants coming to steal money from Intel and AMD. A race to the advanced technology of the world is about to begin!

As an outline, we will explore Apple itself, Intel and AMDs longest war, the financials, compare each of the recent CPUs, and share thoughts on what might happen, then see what else could happen as a butterfly effect.


Apple?:

When you hear the word Apple in 2020s, you don't think of the red fruit that gives you essential vitamins and minerals to prolong a healthy life. Most people, think of the revolutionary Apple iPod Shuffle that broke through society for music and entertainment.

In recent times, Apple can pretty much do anything at this point. Apple off-shores money avoids taxes like a boss and employs hard labor in different parts of the world. Apple only stepping into the semiconductor industry this time around is only a game for them. Why is that?

Take a look at Apple's financials below (it may or not be true because obviously there is NO corporation that doesn't lie, you'll find out once you work in corporate lol)

Apple Newsroom 2021 3rd Qter

As you can see, they somehow made more money than in 2020, which was supposedly the WORST economic downturn in recent history in terms of GDP, employment, supply-chain indexes, and rising inflation. Which doesn't make any sense if people have MUCH LESS spending power than just 3 years ago, right?! Pretty sus if you ask me.

Thus, bringing us to the comparison to AMD and Intel and their strides in the chip semiconductor industry.


AMD and Intel:

Originally, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) was once the king of PC (personal computer) chips a.k.a. CPUs. Then things went crazy, and you had Intel at the helm for almost a few decades. Then we have AMD coming back stronger than ever before in recent years. All because of Lisa Su (the legend) and the major restructuring she had done at AMD. Everyone at AMD is intelligent and it actually wasn't much of a surprise to see AMD reclaim the spot of the best CPUs on the market to Intel.

If you search really hard on the web, you can find many dark stories about Intel (I'm not going to go over that).

But, will AMD or Intel still be able to compete with Apple (and possibly Amazon in the near future)?!

Let's take a look...

AMD 2021 Q2 Fin Res

AMD's 2021 2nd quarter was reported to be about "$1,832M or $1.8 billion", which is still impressive for an elite powerhouse.

Intel surprisingly though...

Intel 2021 Q2 Fin Res

Intel's 2021 2nd quarter seems to have a reported "$5.1 billion", which is just as great and confusing?

But Apple...

With that, from the Apple report and other news sites and stock sites, Apple had a "profit of $21.74 billion" in just 2021 Q3, which is amazing!

Isn't that crazy?! Who knows who is buying Intel, AMD, and Apple products like crazy, after this post-2020 and 2021 event... But things are crystal clear, that the economy is booming!

In knowing this information, Apple certainly can gain an edge into the semiconductor industry, and possibly defeat Intel and AMD, unless because of market monopoly restrictions... But Apple can pay their way, right? As we all know, money is everything on Earth (for the most part).

The real question is, will Apple make their products even more amazing or will they create a paradigm in which they rule and suppress technology, and soon everyone will have to be forced to eat the evil snake's apple of the tree...

To get back on point, with years of research at Intel and AMD, I believe Apple can definitely beat the CPU products of Intel in no time, but for AMD, it could be a battle of a life time. We are about to witness the most underground fight of hot semiconductors yet. However, let's take a look at the performance of some of the most top-line CPUs from each competitor.


CPU Comparison, Apple, Intel, & AMD:

Okay, let's just jump right into the comparisons. A lot of this information is already available online, but even I'm surprised! I think Apple will become the leading company for the next decade or so (it sounds scary, it might actually happen).

In terms of architecture, I still think AMD has an edge over both Apple and Intel, but Apple's new M1 Pro and M1 Max, are quite daunting when put next to AMD and Intel's top-consumer based CPUs on the market.

Firstly, in terms of manufacturing, Apple is actually in the lead with the smallest chip design coming in at "the industry-leading 5-nanometer process technology" (apple).

Intel, who is lagging behind in this department of process technology is at 10-nanometers. Whereas, AMD, our legendary moneymaker, is coming in at 7-nanometers.

Isn't that ludicrous?!

How can Apple do this? Intel and AMD are on fire right now, especially AMD. Because as a matter of fact, Apple also invades the GPU side as well, competing with AMD and also NVDIA. But, we can't rule out NVDIA just yet, because NVDIA is still the king by a landslide. However, for how long?!

Let's take a look at each CPU and features of the processor family from Apple, AMD, and Intel, and I will try to find some metrics to go based on for analysis.

Actually, let's take a look at Intel's CPUs first, since they are presumably last in this battle:

Intel's latest family of processors is called Alder Lake is rumored to support/have 16 cores, but there latest, the predecessor, Rocket Lake (Wiki Rocket Lake), the consumer-grade CPU goes up to a base of 3.5 Ghz, 8 cores, and 125W TDP (thermal design power). Of course, that is not that impressive when compared to AMD.

AMD coming with a:

Blowing Intel out of the water, AMD's Ryzen 3 is 16 cores, base 3.4 Ghz, and 105W TDP (Wiki AMD Ryzen 3)!

Of course, Intel and AMD have their own buzz words, as you know, hyper-fast caching, octane speed reads, etc. But that doesn't mean anything honestly. Most of the new features of a chip, doesn't really affect performance on normal use and is mostly used for niched applications like server load and distribution and containerization, mostly really low-end operations in terms of programming architecture.

Now we take a look at Apple! Apple coming in with the M1 Pro and M1 Max, but we will look at the best one; which is the Apple M1 Max (Apple M1 Max Wiki)!

"The M1 Max chip is a larger version of the M1 Pro chip, with eight performance cores, two efficiency cores, 24 to 32 GPU cores, 16 Neural Engine cores, up to 64 GB unified RAM with up to 400 GB/s memory bandwidth, and more than double the number of transistors. It was announced on October 18, 2021, and is used in the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple says it has 57 billion transistors.[131] Apple claims the M1 Max can deliver up to 30 streams of 4K or 7 streams of 8K ProRes video playback." (wikipedia).

I'm not sure where 10-cores is mentioned, but I'm guessing that's for the upcoming refresh? But, if Apple says so, I guess it's not 8-core, but a 10-core CPU.

Although we don't know the base clock speed or TDP from Wikipedia, other sources say (Apple M1 Max Specs); a base clock of 2.0 Ghz and a very low TDP of 30W.

For Apple, that is pretty good for 5nm chip process.

With all that being laid out, we can clearly tell that when it comes to pure power and speed, AMD is in the lead! When it comes to low power, efficiency, and sustainability, Apple is now in the lead! As for Intel, they are surviving.

For this comparison though, even if Apple were to create a killer CPU, with the money, engineers, and sheer power they have, they could probably demolish both AMD and Intel in the desktop CPU market share within, I would say, two years. Isn't that a huge threat? It sure is! Apple has more resources than AMD and Intel combined, so if AMD and Intel want to survive as a company, they are going to have to work together or not. The other possibility is that Apple buys out AMD or Intel and dilutes/acquires them.


What Might Happen Next?:

I don't have a crystal ball, but as we saw with the comparison of each CPU from Apple, AMD, and Intel, we can obviously see that Apple was going to be the clear winner.

As much of a fan of PC and technology I am, I would actually be worried if Apple took over the entire technology sector... But, there are many big name investors and people in Apple, so the likelihood of Apple becoming an increasingly dominating company is close to 98%... I mean, it's a top 3 company in terms of market capital, so there's that.

As for the semiconductor industry, people or other companies would need to really have experience in the field and greatly expand their expertise beyond just IC (integrated chip) design to stomp out Apple.

Who knows? Maybe Apple will release PC-friendly chips and motherboards for lovers of PC building, but as it stands, even with the Right-to-Repair thing going around, that obviously isn't in the near future. After all, Apple is just being an Apple... Good on Apple.


More Looks and Videos for Apple's New 2021 M1:

In this section, I will share some more videos about Apple and their new 2021 M1 chip products and how amazing they are!

Take a look at DailyTekk's amazing video coverage!

Pretty interesting and funny right?

Now a more informative look from Max Tech!:

As I mentioned before, lots of buzz words right? But now you know almost exactly what you are buying for Apple's new M1 Pro and Max chips.


Thank You and Thoughts:

Well, that concludes this article on Apple dominating or soon to be dominating the CPU market from Intel and AMD. Will Apple continue this battle? Or will they lose the popular opinion of the public and turn technology into a looming death ring, where Apple is the organizer/person-in-charge?

Thank you for reading this article! Have a fantastic day and stay healthy~

 

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