Apple Vs. Intel: It’s a War 

  • 5th Jan'22
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Apple is known for its experiments and advanced technological progress. Until Apple made the iPhone, nobody thought of making smart, multi-touch mobile phones. Now every company in the market is manufacturing smartphones with advanced processors. 

Earlier, an article on Macworld reported, “An MI Max MacBook Pro can export ProRes Rae video three times faster than a $25,000 Mac Pro configured with a twenty-eight core Intel  Xeon W CPU1.” Now, take your time to think about it. It has been only eighteen months since Apple has announced its intention to transition the Mac to Apple Silicon.

Moreover, in less than a year, Apple rolled out the M1 MacBook Air, M1 MacBook Pro, M1Mac mini,24-inch M1 iMac, and so on. This takes us to the conclusion that Mac’s future is bigger and brighter. 

After so many years of watching Apple’s high performance and unbeatable series, Intel also came into the ground with Alder Lake’s hybrid architecture utilizing Golden Cove high-performance cores and Gracemont power-efficient cores. 

Apple’s ARM-based- M1 chips have been a massive success. Now, Intel is fighting back with the marketing campaigns and explaining to the consumers why Intel laptops are better than Macs. 


Intel Vs. Apple 

This leads to the question about the difference between Intel-based laptops and M1-equipped laptops. What do you think? What is more worthy of buying? There is always a debate on  Mac Vs. Windows. We will break it down for you.


Intel Vs. Apple: The Background 

It was rumored that Apple has been working on its processor for a long time. Meanwhile, Intel was criticized for not matching the matrix after being stuck on 14-nanometer nodes for years. 

Things went out of control, when in early 2019, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, blamed Intel chip storage for the decline rate of  Mac sales. A year later, Apple debuted  MacBook Air and Macbook Pro with M1 chips. This debut marked the end of a 14-year collaboration between Apple and Intel. 


Apple Vs. Intel


Intel Vs. Apple: The Performance 

Performance is the key thing for every customer. It also sets apart both versions of the Macbook. 

The Apple M1 has an eight-core processor with four performance and efficiency cores. This is integrated with an eight-core Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and a sixteen-core neural engine for enhanced machine learning algorithms. On the other hand, Intel versions have quad-core processors with integrated Intel Iris graphics.

Apple benefits from performance as Apple M1 is a system-on-a-chip, which means that the CPU, GPU, RAM, input/output, and security features are integrated on one chip. Whereas Intel has all this segregated on a logic board. Apple M1 is rated two times longer than the Intel Macbook Pro when it comes to battery life.

Apple  M1 excels at basic tasks like surfing the internet and reading or working on documents much more efficiently than Intel. 


Apple Vs. Intel: The Graphics 

For people in creative fields and game addiction, the graphic capabilities of any device matter a lot. When Silicon Mac hit the market, Apple said it would support Apple GPUs. While Apple's integrated graphics is likely to give a boost over Intel's integrated graphics, there are concerns that Apple intends to replace AMD's GPUs with its own. 

It should come as no surprise that Apple could develop a graphics processor. Apple has used its own graphics processor in the iPad and iPhone with great success. Apple claims to expect a "more powerful graphics processor" in the new Apple Silicon Mac. 


Apple Vs. Intel: Pros 

  • Apple will have more control over the market

  • A good battery backup than any other device in the market

  • All Apple devices will work effortlessly together

  • Apple will be inclined towards hardware and software.

  • Apple’s iPhone and iPad are good enough for Mac

  • Apple will no longer be frustrated by the bugs and delays by Intel. 


Apple Vs. Intel: Cons 

  • Intel has much more experience in making processors than Apple

  • Apple Silicon is the first generation and the first generation of many products are usually at risk

  • The Advanced RISC Machines (ARM), based Surface Pro, has many issues

  • Intel is always dominating because of ARM closing on it, and this means the developers will continue to design apps for Intel

  • The consumers hesitated to leave the windows behind; it was also why Apple went back to Intel in the year 2006. 


Apple vs Intel


Apple Vs. Intel: The Similarities 

Often devices come with similarities. Apple and Intel have the same design and basic structure. Both the devices have a magic keyboard, force touch trackpad, touch bar, and touch id. 



For the majority of the users, buying the Apple M1 Macbook makes more sense as it offers a good battery and exemplary performance in many tasks. The cost of the Apple M1 Macbook is less than the Intel Macbook model. But there are also plenty of reasons to choose Intel over Apple.

But as we all know, competition is always healthy and it results in a win-win situation for the consumers. This cold war between both brands will bring out the best of each company which will directly or indirectly be beneficial for the users.

In this online era, technology awareness is essential. Be it Apple or Intel, the development of the technology is racing to deliver powerful processors of laptops and computers. This will lead to the processors that will have the ability to bear workload and run for a day on a single charge.

We at OpenGrowth, are committed to keeping you updated with the best content on the latest trendy topics from any major field. Also, both your feedback and suggestions are valuable to us. So, do share them in the comment section below. 


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About the author:

KAJAL THARWANI, OpenGrowth Content Team

An explorer who takes risks and learns from her mistakes. An aspirational content writer, studying social work. Kajal loves trying her hands in different crafts.

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