A thought experiment on Apple M1

With Apple’s new M1 Macs showing (reportedly) huge performance improvement, compared to “old”, Intel-based Macs, I wonder what would hold Qualcomm (Snapdragon CPU) and others from doing “the same” and moving into laptop/desktop territory?

Microsoft already has Surface Pro X — an ARM-based Windows computer. They also have a version of Win10 for ARM, that one can even run on Raspberry Pi (still beta quality, I believe). Could 2021 become the year of ARM on desktop?

Even more interesting, Amazon’s Graviton is showing (again, reportedly) an excellent performance, while staying at reasonably low cost. What would stop Google/Microsoft from moving into ARM-based CPU territory for their clouds?

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