After the WWDC of 2 weeks ago it was NOT possible to browse YouTube and NOT see the different videos by Apple fanboys/girls basically stating that this switch from x86 to ARM licensed chips was HUUUUUGE!! Even here at TWIT there was not a single show where this was not spoken about. So much so that for the past 2 weeks, even shows like Windows Weekly turned out to be extensions of Mac Break Weekly. C’mon Leo, are you listening? Give it a break.
Well here I want to examine just how big and significant a change this actually is.
After all the iPad and iPhone have been using Apple designed and manufactured ARM chips for many years and given that the user base IS huge for both of these if a switch to another processor type for these devices were made, it would be HUGE. So lets discount them from this as they are already running ARM and have been for many years.
So the actual switch from x86 to ARM is basically for the Mac desktop (and laptops) and ONLY the Mac!!!
Steve Gibson of Security Now fame in his podcast #722 of 23rd June 2020 @ the 15:10 mark, has this to say:
Quote "The latest market share has Windows 10 solidly in - that is, market share of the desktop - Windows 10 solidly in first place at 53.74%. Windows 7 is in solid second place at 28.35. But after that, so Windows 10 at nearly 54%. Windows 7 at about 28%. Then it’s a drop to third place for macOS X v10.14 at, get this, 3.84%. Then Windows 8.1 at 3.65.
So together the pair of Windows 10 and Windows 7 total 82% of all desktops." (End Quote)
What that means is that this HUUUUGE change is only for 4% of PC users?
The latest figures bear out Steve’s statement:
So what exactly is all this hullabaloo about? How can a change for 4% of users ever be a big change?
Yes for Mac users (4%) it may be huge but in the scheme of things, I am sure that Intel and AMD, the makers of the x86 chips have not even blinked. After all why would they for a mere 4% of revenue.
Another thing is the name for the new Mac OSXI -
Whenever I hear it I cannot help thinking about this nursery rhyme:
Baaa Baaa Axxxx sheep, have u any wool
Big Sur, No Sir, 3 bags full.
One for my master…etc.
Sorry guys, I had to add that.
Cheers and less noise next time please.