That’s what I thought…but the benchmarks so far are very promising and may say otherwise.
The A14 (current gen apple chip) beats the 10700k in most benchmarks, and the A1 is likely to be 20% faster than the A14 (putting it on par with the AMD 5950x!).
Current scientific & java benchmarks show emulation having a 15% performance hit; not too bad.
I dont know if ARM SoC will ever be useful for transactional compute workloads since it would lack complex instruction sets and memory and also things like PCIE. But 99% of users dont do (real) producivity, and then we have web-based apps/vms to do the heavy lifting, if needed.
There are much larger ARM cpus (Ampere datacentre cpus with up to 80 cores?) but they’re not used for productivity.
I assume it will take years for software companies to start witing proper native x64 ARM apps an that’s where the real performance will be unlocked.
All we really know is that minecraft runs a bit faster on ARM.
Oh, and Adobe, (who should be right in the middle of the cross-platform productivity space), appear to be completely silent.