Apple Shifting Desktops to ARM Architecture

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    I don't use Mac's, but I know many people in the video editing industry do. Apple is planning on shifting away from the x86 platform to ARM SoC. Apple plans on having a compatibility layer to translate x86 binaries to ARM binaries. I have no idea how well that will work, but they already did it once when they migrated from PowerPC to x86. Open source software will probably be able to quickly migrate from x86 to ARM since many packages already have for Linux, they would just need to make a few OSX specific changes. But the proprietary packages, such as the Adobe suite that most people use may have some problems, and it may take some time. In the meantime, there are dev kits already available, so I don't doubt that Adobe is already working on it.


    ARM performance has been relentlessly catching up with x86 for the last few years. The only thing holding it back has been the low power requirements of most applications. It will be interesting to see what happens when those low power requirements are removed. Gigabyte already makes an ARM server. I haven't looked for any SPEC stats for it so I don't know performance for them.

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