What it is: ARM claims their processors will eventually be faster than Intel’s processors.
The world is shifting to mobile computing. At one time, everyone used a PC because PCs were more powerful. Then smartphones and tablets get more powerful until mobile devices are almost as powerful as PCs, but not quite.
Of course, at one time, mainframe and minicomputer users dismissed PCs as “toys” because PCs were never as powerful as mainframe and minicomputers. Then PCs started getting more powerful and cheaper to the point where even though PCs were never as powerful as mainframe and minicomputers, they were far cheaper and more convenient to use. Notice that hardly anyone uses mainframe or minicomputers any more?
The same trend is happening with ARM vs. Intel processors. Intel processors are evolving gradually while ARM processors are evolving rapidly. ARM processors already far surpass Intel processors when it comes to energy-efficiency, which is why nearly all smartphones and tablets use ARM processors. Intel tried to compete in energy-efficiency with their Atom processors, but those proved too weak and slow to handle most tasks, so Intel dropped the Atom processor.
Now Intel is trying to shrink their newest processors from 10nm while ARM is already moving towards 7nm and 5nm architectures, which simply means cramming more features in a smaller chip. Intel is starting to lag behind while ARM is continuing to plow ahead. Eventually, ARM processors could match Intel processors in terms of power. If that happens, why would anyone want to use Intel processors that consume more power and run slower?
The future is ARM processors. Apple is rumored to be investigating ARM processors for the Macintosh and Microsoft already has ported Windows to ARM processors. The key is that older software still requires Intel processors so until the transition to ARM processors remains complete, Intel processors will still be needed, but not as much any more.
The days of Intel processors’ dominance is over. ARM processors are the future and that means one day an iPhone or iPad will be more powerful than a desktop or laptop PC. When that happens, there will be little need for PCs either.