At the end of the day it’s big news for 6% of the computer using public and much lower percentage of 3D artists. A large phone box has more than enough room for everyone using Macs for 3D.
Had I still been using Macs for 3D work this would’ve been the kick up the arse to buy a PC. I cannot see Apple making ARM processors that compete with Threadrippers which makes me wonder about the longevity of the iMac Pro and Mac Pro products. Maybe the iMac Pro will get one final Intel upgrade this year and that’s it and the Mac Pro is already EOL but will hang around in the Apple Store looking incongruous like the Trashcan did for so long.
Before declaring victory for Metal let’s see some Octane X benchmarks on desktop grade Apple GPUs. It might be fairly straightforward for Apple to bring high performance Laptops and low-mid end Desktops to market on ARM but what about the high-end?
Think of the developers, Redshift even with Apple’s assistance can’t get it to run well on AMD GPUs on Metal and now they have to turn their attention to ARM hardware.