They say Moore’s Law is dead. Maybe so. Apple still manages to cram a growing load of transistors onto a tiny slab that embarrasses the chip giants from Intel to Samsung to Qualcomm.
How does Apple do it? How does Apple put so much into so little? It doesn’t matter. The wall is coming. Already we see the signs.
How much faster are the A13 Bionic chips in iPhone compared to the 2018 iPhone models? Apple used a bar chart without numbers to show how much faster and improved this year’s chips are compared to the competition.
Apple designs the chips in Apple Watch, too. How much faster is Watch Series 5 than last year’s– and now discontinued– Series 4? It’s the same chip.
That sounds like the wall is coming closer every day.
Apple also says iPad Pro models are faster in every way than more than 90-percent of Windows PC notebooks. On the surface (pun not intended) that sounds impressive until you realize how many cheap-assed Windows PC notebooks clutter planet earth.
Still, Apple’s chip prowess is to be commended. iPhones and iPads come with capabilities that competitors won’t achieve for two, three, or four years. The new iPhones can record multiple streams of video and take multiple photos– at the same time.
That’s no mean feat, but where does it end? Does it ever end? Ask Intel.
The chip giant has struggled for years to get chips down to 10nm size while Apple and chipmaker TSMC are pushing the 5nm level. Think faster chips that use less power. Intel can’t say that.
Apple Watch Series 5 is the first new model I won’t buy. Wait. Isn’t that always-on-display worth it?
Always on or only on when I look, I still have to tilt my wrist to view the Watch display. It seems as if Apple is struggling to get ever more features packed into Watch while completely ignoring the Mac.
Where are Apple’s CPUs for the Mac? Is Apple not capable of putting an Apple-designed CPU into the Mac? Is the wall that close already? Intel managed to extend Moore’s Law for many years. Apple has a strong incentive to keep the wall away from Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac because those chips are a strong differentiator from competing products.