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Today Apple showed off the first 3 Macs featuring Apple Silicon CPUs instead of Intel CPUs specifically for macOS Big Sur. Their new ARM-based system on a chip called M1 will power the new MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and MacBook Pro. Apple made many impressive claims about the power, speed, graphics, and battery life of these new Macs.

What do you think about today's hardware announcements?

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As Apple’s custom chips get faster and faster compared to Intel, at some point there’ll not really be much point of building a hackintosh anymore...

unless you want to run other operating systems like windows or Linux. But then on intel Macs/hackintosh, you’re not going to be able to run iOS and iPadOS apps...

overall, it seems incredible what Apple is doing. I’ll reserve judgement until we have final benchmarks. To me one thing that really sticks out is the massively improved battery life. Intel cannot compete here today. Maybe that’s what alder lake (and its hybrid successors) will bring?

The question is, will the rest of the pc industry want to transition from x86?? Probably not, but will be interesting to see what happens over the next few years.
 
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At the moment only the slowest end of MBP 13" have been replaced by those ARM-based and all the new devices have the limitation of 16GB of RAM. There is still a long way to go for Apple... and for us to stay here, maybe with AMD. ;-)
 
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As Apple’s custom chips get faster and faster compared to Intel, at some point there’ll not really be much point of building a hackintosh anymore.

Some of us can’t afford seperate hackintosh/Mac and Windows PC “powerhouse”. Still need to see how the Apple Chip and software talks together.
 
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Call me cynical but lots of "superlatives" in that advert (sorry launch video). Lots of unsubstantiated claims (like recents event) of 3.5x, 6x, 15x, "fastest CPU in the world", "better than 98% of PC's", etc, etc. No doubt Apple fanboys will be salivating over those claims. Wait and see real world usage and for some independent adjudicators to confirm some of those claims or debunk them. In many countries outside of USA those claims would not be allowed in advertising.

Check out just one of the small prints on their site. E.g.:
"Testing conducted by Apple in October 2020 using preproduction 13‑inch MacBook Pro systems with Apple M1 chip and 16GB of RAM, as well as previous‑generation Mac notebooks. Performance measured using select industry‑standard benchmarks. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of MacBook Pro."

What "previous-generation Mac Notebooks" ? MacBook G4 ?
What "select industry-standard benchmarks" ?
note the caveat "reflect the approximate performance of MacBook Pro."
 
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Some of us can’t afford seperate hackintosh/Mac and Windows PC “powerhouse”. Still need to see how the Apple Chip and software talks together.

It's the end of hackintosh.

The only question if Intel Tiger Lake built-in graphics and AMD Radeon 6800-6900 (RDNA2) graphics cards will be supported in Big Sur, or even them willn't be ever, as seems no more new Macs on new Intel x86 CPUs will be released. Maybe Radeon Pro on RDNA2 accelerator card they add to existing MacPro.
 
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What About the Wifi 6. It is new isn't?
It is apple hardware ? or regular component that we could add to our Hackintosh ?
 
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