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Yesterday, a highly suspected benchmark was posted on Slashleaks, which is alleged to be the result of Apple's desktop-class (10-core and 12-core) A-series processors based on the ARM architecture. It could potentially mean that Apple to release Mac with ARM processors as early as this year.



The leak comes from an anonymous source, claiming that the 10-core version has a clock speed of 3.4GHz, while the screenshot shows that the 12-core version (APWL2@HmP) has a clock speed of 3.19GHz. The single-core scores of the two processors are 7,335 and 6,912, respectively, and the multi-core scores are 20,580 and 24,240, respectively.

It is unclear what the device that is equipped with the ARM chip, but judging from the performance, it should be desktop-level hardware. Both processors outperformed the single-core scores of 2017 27-inch of the Retina 5K iMac with 4.2GHz Intel Core i7-7700 processor, while the 12-core processor's multi-core scores exceeded 2018 15-inch with 2.9GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK MacBook Pro's scores.

It is not yet possible to verify the authenticity of the benchmark, however, it should be noted that the screenshot was uploaded on Friday and has no record in the past. Also, the "APWL2" device name is inconsistent with Apple's recent A-series processor naming scheme. For example, the existing A12 bionics are APL1W81, while the A11 bionics are APL1W72.

Axios is out with a new report today and cited multiple sources suggests Apple will transition to custom ARM-based chips next year, with even Intel officials are expecting Apple begin to use the ARM-based chips in 2020, as an effort to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads able to run the universal apps.


The transition already started, as Apple has released four iOS apps for the Mac: Voice Memos, News, Home, and Stocks. A report from Bloomberg yesterday suggested developers will soon be able to create a single app that can run on iPhones, iPads, and Macs simultaneously, while also increasing the number of macOS apps available on the Mac App Store.

Hardware wise, Apple has a series of thriving experiences on the iPhone/iPad, it is already the most powerful chip in the field of the smartphone, in fact, at the October event last year, the company touted out that A12X Bionic chip outperforms 92% of processors on the market. Even though it would take a few years before it becomes reality, they at least had some knowledge on it.

On the software side, this could be a smooth transition because Apple can develop both the Intel version and the ARM version of macOS. However, the company also needs to make future versions of macOS compatible with Intel chips, as many users will still use older Macs.
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