Why is the apple m1 so significant?

thought this was interesting explanation building on ed’s take the other night

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As noted in the chat, Apple’s Mac line started with Motorola’s 68000 family, then moved to PowerPC (Moto+IBM+Apple as a consortium), then to Intel’s monstrosity (no value judgements from me) and now lately back to ARM. That’s CISC to RISC, back to CISC and back again.

Apple co-funded ARM as it spun off from Acorn, and that share of ARM saved them when they got into financial trouble:

This article is very good on ARM’s business model: