Now bear in mind that these are not the fastest Intel and AMD CPUs by a country mile--these are all *mobile/laptop* CPUs shipping right now from AMD and Intel. AMD absolutely crushes Apple M1 in multithreaded workloads and benchmarks--which is the only reason to buy multicore CPUs, of course...;) Moving to desktop CPUs
Apple's M1 is simply shredded, folded, and mutilated.
Don't mistake me--ARM CPUs are great for low power/embedded devices--that's what ARM has always been known for! That fits nicely with Apple's apparent direction to go to all low-power devices instead of performance competitive MacBooks. But on top of not being competitive in multicore workloads with even lower-performance mobile/laptop CPUs from AMD, M1 will have the added burden of a software emulator to work through, as well--for the existing Mac software.
The CPU seems to do well in single-threaded scenarios, which is nice, but seems to be pretty underperforming in multicore performance--compared to existing AMD mobile/laptop CPUs. Single threaded performance is what was all important a couple of decades ago, but multithreaded performance is where the "action" is in performance today. Looking ahead, multithreaded performance is set to dominate the performance sector. Apple is moving to longer battery life for mobile devices with the caveat being low multithreaded performance--much lower multithreaded performance, it would seem.
Will this be the last of Apple's CPU "transitions"? Who can say?...;) I'm only glad I am sticking with much more solid and reliable companies. Every time Apple pulls one of these "transitions" it loses a certain percentage of its Mac customers--every time--and seeing as how fully 90% of Apple's business today
is generated from the sale of cell phones, I don't see anything surprising here at all. Apple wants to become a low-power device
company, primarily, and at this rate I think they will get there...;)