Originally Posted by tooltalk
Do you work for DED in the fiction department? From Cult of Mac:
“John Scully was running Apple at the time, and they were in real trouble, real financial trouble, and in fact they were about to go bust,” said Hauser. “The reason they didn’t go bust was because they sold their ARM stake that they had originally purchased for $1.5 billion for $800 million.”
That’s a staggering $700 million loss, but if not for selling ARM, Hauser says, Apple might not even be here today to give us iPhones and iPads."
The sales of ARM stakes started in 1998 and sold its entire stake in ARM over the next 2-3 years.
Actually, DED had an article on the ARM shares topic. Since he is a shareholder and is present on each shareholder's meeting, I'm inclined to believe him, not Cult of Mac. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Apple is one of the founders of ARM Holdings. Their initial investment is not considered just a stock purchase. And according to DED's article, Jobs sold almost all ARM shares in three years for a total of $1.1 billion, but not all. Apple still has a stake in ARM.
Samsung started making ARM based SOCs since 2006 and the first generations of iPhones, for instance, were based on ARM's vanila reference design. Apple bought PA-Semi two years later. Intrinsity was later brought on for their high-speed/low-power tech, F14, which culminated in the A4 based on Samsung's Hummingbird in 2010. Apple bought Intrinsity after the Samsung-Intrinsity collaboration produced the A4.
The A4 chip is designed by Intrinsity, and produced by Samsung. There is no collaboration other than setting up and configuring Samsung's foundries to produce the chip. Contrary to general belief, that last part is in no way simple, and requires a lot of expertise, especially on the part of the foundries. Nevertheless, there is no collaboration on designing of the chip.
No, you just have no idea what you are talking about. You sound like one of those Microsoft serfs who got duped into believing that 64bit miraculously boosted their desktop performance. All mobile devices are designed with limited resources (storage, memory, power) in mind and, likewise, the performance gain from 64bit is little or none.
I'll point you towards an Article of Anand Shrimpi:
The A7 SoC seems to have only 2 cores, run at the same 1.3GHz frequency and easily beats 4-core, 1.7-2.0GHz quad-core Cortex A15 processors. And it generally preserves the energy consumption to A6's levels.
Transition to 64-bit architecture gives around 10% performance boost in real-world applications.
But, from what is seen in the performance tests of Anandtech, Apple did boost the performance to x2.