Apple has surprised pundits with an ARM processor which appears to be even more powerful than Intel’s best, while still sipping energy.

Apple says the M1 SOC features the world’s fastest CPU core in low-power silicon, the world’s best CPU performance per watt, and the world’s fastest integrated graphics on a personal computer. Early benchmarks indicate that Apple’s claims regarding its M1 chip are true.

The arrival of the chip has been accompanied by several companies announcing software optimised for the ARM processor, including Adobe and Google for example.

Now Microsoft has also thrown their hat in the ring, announcing that they are working on a version of Edge for the Apple M1 processor.

Macbooks based on the M1 processor are of course already fully able to run x86 apps via translation, but performance, while still good, is not as good as native apps, especially in the case of Chromium browsers, so the development should be welcomed by the few Edge fans on MacOS.

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