Apple really needs to allow for dimms on their high end computers IMHO. We get its cheaper to solder everything on and close your hardware but there are users where memory capacity/upgradiblity will be make or break on their purchases. So for sure your totally on point with memory falling short and likely losing to 56 and 64 core workstations with larger memory allotments.Two key oversights, here:
- The new Mac Pro really falls short on max memory capacity and will surely lose on some benchmarks vs. 56-core and 64+-core Xeon W and Threadripper Pro workstations. It's basically just a Mac Studio in a big case, with a PCIe switch. They really fell short of a full Mac Pro replacement, in this generation.
- Apple's cloud surely runs on mostly 3rd party CPUs & servers.
This makes declarations of "Mission Accomplished" feel a bit premature.
They could solve both problems by developing their own server CPU. Amazon, Google, and MS all have gone down that road, even for just their own internal cloud hosting purposes. Therefore, it seems quite plausible, if Apple can take care of both the above gaps, that they would do the same.
Apple has been excelling at building great consumer devices, but has a terrible track record in the professional tool arena for the past twenty years, and I don't see this changing for several reasons:Apple has completed its transition away from Intel. Now, it's in full control of its computer lineup.
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Cool. I've been out of that industry for 2+ decades, but it was nice to hear your take. I left around the time when Avid was transitioning from Mac to Windows NT. I used to work with some ex-Avid employees who told me about when Apple first approached them and convinced them to release Avid on Mac (prior to that, they were developing it for some workstation...).I work in visual effects for film and TV.
Then they bought Final Cut Pro, the gold standard of video editing platforms that nearly EVERYONE used. Today, Avid and Premiere hold the market. Apple effectively sank the most popular video editing tool in the world.
Visual Effects for Film and TV is such a frick'n niche market. Apple was smart to abandon that for the consumer market which is back to their roots. Here in America you can go onto any college campus and the dominant laptop computer .. by a wide margin .. is the Mac. Add that to the fact that PC's have ZERO footprint in the smart phone market .. you begin to see just how smart Apple was to kick you to the curb.... You were holding Apple back...Apple has been excelling at building great consumer devices, but has a terrible track record in the professional tool arena for the past twenty years, and I don't see this changing for several reasons:
-COST: While the PRO hardware is superb indeed, it cots a lot more than comparable platforms running Linux/Windows. Especially when you factor in the cost of keeping hardware up to date, and innovation cycles. Businesses are a lot more cost conscious than household consumers for tech stuff because they are running a business. No need to explain this.
-Software: I work in visual effects for film and TV. We arguably have some of the highest demands in terms of computing power. Also, we use a very diverse tool set. There are simply too many applications that do not perform well enough (for various reasons), or at all, on Mac OS. Because of this, and the cost of Apple hardware, the vast majority of studios run Windows/NIX platforms and use workstations that constantly get upgraded. Apple has made many attempts to make inroads in this industry, with a track record of failure to gain a foot hold. They bought Shake, the premium compositing software at the time, and attempted to draw people to buy Mac hardware in order to run Shake by doubling the license price of other platforms. This resulted in Shake being abandoned and paved the way for Nuke to gain supremacy. Shake development died off within a couple years. Then they bought Final Cut Pro, the gold standard of video editing platforms that nearly EVERYONE used. Today, Avid and Premiere hold the market. Apple effectively sank the most popular video editing tool in the world.
Apple's sandbox business model, where they want to control the software, hardware and all peripherals, creates huge lags in development cycles. They always manage to release a new Mac that seems to be superior to PC's for about 6months, and then PC's catch up and these expensive Macs are behind the curve for a couple years, until Apple refreshes the lineup. That's been the current track record. Now if this were to change, who knows. As it stands, businesses who need to watch their margins will probably look elsewhere, and this will leave PC's with the market lion's share.
The day of the Mac being the supreme multimedia creation platform are over. And that puts the viability of Mac Pro hardware in question. PC's have an embarrassment of choices for hardware and software better tailored to individual needs than you can find in the Apple world. GPU's are an essential part of the equation for high end workstations today. I'm not going to spend a premium for a mac "versioned" GPU built by a third party when I can get the same tool for less running Windows or Linux. Having a slick iPhone or tablet at home is one thing, but I really don't care what my workstation looks like. It's a tool and as long as it does the job well and doesn't cost me a fortune, that's all I ask for.
And for print work, or Audio work, a simple desktop PC can handle all this with ease these days. You can get Pro Tools on Windows just as well. Macs were popular when all that auxiliary hardware was clearly better on Mac OS, and easier to configure, but this is a thing of the past. Today, Mac Pros are beautiful, expensive beasts that do not bring much of a business proposition to the table. Apple would need to match its pricing to that of PC's in order to gain market share.
You took the words right out of my mouth - Power PC 2.0Hopefully not repeat PowerPC!
And for God's sake keep the desktop line current. The M1 iMac needed a bump a while ago, and the Mac Pro had better get regular updates now.
I wasn't worried about this, because Apple is now designing their own CPUs and not beholden to anyone else... but then it occurred to me that ARM could do something nasty with future architectural licenses. At worst, it would probably be some royalty levied on each CPU sold, but I wonder if they might ever do anything bad enough to push Apple into the RISC-V camp.Hopefully not repeat PowerPC!
Have fun trying to upgrade the RAM in your new Mac Pro.I notice how Steve Jobs is adamant about making it easy for the user to upgrade components in the Mac Pro as he shows of the easy open side. I am glad to see that Apple prioritizes that.
I'll tell you two reasons why reasonable people buy Macs:The Mac Pro is just such a niche product. PCs simply offer way more power, flexibility, and upgradability for far less cost. With the rapid evolution of hardware why (unless there is a very specific application) would somebody spend bouco dinero on something that is literally no longer top tier in 6 months? Does apple even make a profit on these? (not that it really matters I suppose)
I'll tell you two reasons why reasonable people buy Macs:
- Efficient performance. Apple is the leader in energy-efficiency. So, if you want a powerful laptop with good battery life, or a fast desktop mini PC that doesn't churn out lots of heat or noise, they're the best option.
- iOS app development. Apple forces you to use a Mac, if you want to develop apps for their devices.
The main reasons I stay away from them:
- Closed ecosystem. I like freedom.
- Lack of upgradability.
A long time ago, I briefly flirted with the idea of getting a Mac, but it occurred to me that it would be no more useful to me than Linux and have all the downsides I listed above.
iOS app development. Apple forces you to use a Mac, if you want to develop apps for their devices.
I respect your opinion, but I've been using a finely-tuned editor/windowing setup for Linux development for over 20 years. I much prefer it to any IDEs, and I say that after about 5 years of experience with MS Visual Studio and also seeing the IDEs some of my peers use.It's easier to use than your typical Linux distro and the UI is way better than any of the Linux distros I've ever used.
When I have to use Windows, I always install Cygwin-X. I have yet to dabble with WSL2, but I probably will at some point.All that said, you can accomplish most of those things with WSL2, but then you have to deal with Windows and its oddities (every OS has them).
Through the mid-2000's, Windows was the go-to OS for multimedia playback. It had the best codecs, players, hardware support, and viewing experience. It was the last thing I did which really was better on Windows.Gaming obviously is Windows unless you want to deal with bad ports or wonky sub systems like Wine.
I'm familiar with most aspects of linux system administration, also. It's no trouble for me. Learning MacOS and fighting with secret, undocumented, or proprietary BS is quite simply something for which I have very little tolerance. I remember when I moved from Windows to Linux and the sense of openness came as quite a shock. It was like: "hey, this OS isn't trying to hide anything from me!"
Apple has a perpetual license to the (IIRC) Armv8 architecture, so ARM can't do that.I wasn't worried about this, because Apple is now designing their own CPUs and not beholden to anyone else... but then it occurred to me that ARM could do something nasty with future architectural licenses. At worst, it would probably be some royalty levied on each CPU sold, but I wonder if they might ever do anything bad enough to push Apple into the RISC-V camp.
First, I think Apple doesn't want to be perpetually stuck on ARMv8-A. There are features (especially security-focused and SVE2) that Apple will want in ARMv9-A, and I'm sure their license doesn't allow them to modify the v8 ISA with nonstandard instructions as a substitute.Apple has a perpetual license to the (IIRC) Armv8 architecture, so ARM can't do that.
First, I think Apple doesn't want to be perpetually stuck on ARMv8-A. There are features (especially security-focused and SVE2) that Apple will want in ARMv9-A, and I'm sure their license doesn't allow them to modify the v8 ISA with nonstandard instructions as a substitute.
Second, I can't imagine it's truly "perpetual". At most, it's like 10 or I think I heard about someone having a 20 years license (not sure from when, but probably around the time v8 launched, in 2011 or so).
However, if you have any sources on the matter, please share.
That doesn't mean anything, here. As long as Apple isn't a majority shareholder, it can't dictate to ARM what to do.Don't know if you know this, but Apple was one of the founders of Arm (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_(company)) "The company was founded in November 1990 as Advanced RISC Machines Ltd and structured as a joint venture between Acorn Computers, Apple, and VLSI Technology. Acorn provided 12 employees, VLSI provided tools, Apple provided $3 million investment. Larry Tesler, Apple VP was a key person and the first CEO at the joint venture."
An architectural license means that Apple is allowed to design its own chips which implement the AArch64 ISA. It does not let them add their own instructions or make other changes or extensions to the specification.Arm offers multiple licenses. Apple has a so-called architectural one (https://www.macworld.com/article/67...o-apple-silicon-and-apples-arm-mac-plans.html, https://appleinsider.com/articles/0...nger_apple_as_long_term_architecture_licensee), which means they licensed the ISA, but they are allowed to make changes to it--this, apparently, is one of the things Arm is going to stop doing.
There's a time limit to everything, in business. BTW, I think it was Nvidia that I heard had re-upped their architectural license (which is ironic, since I think all of their recent products use ARM-designed cores).This suggests that architectural licenses are perpetual but doesn't say it outright.
No, what ARM is far more concerned about is trying to improve their finances for their IPO. Once that happens, they'll be continually trying to placate investors. Compared to that, any "warm feelings" they might feel towards Apple are nothing.Also, since Apple's one of Arm's founders, Arm's not likely to try to shiv Apple by cutting them off in the future. By the same token, it seems unlikely that Arm will refuse to license v9 to Apple, if and when it wants to move there.
Sounds to me that the perpetual license is just for specific IP, like the A72 cores you mentioned.I said above, there is a "perpetual" license class.