Why then will ordinary CPUs be needed?
Single-chip systems in smartphones are becoming more productive every year. Rumors that Apple may release a laptop based on the next Apple AX SoC no longer seem unbelievable, because the A12X Bionic, released in 2018, could well not only compete with full-fledged Intel mobile processors in some scenarios, but also surpass them.
This fall, the new iPhone will switch to a five-nanometer single-chip system Apple A14. Some experts, relying on the statements of TSMC, which will produce this SoC, believe that the A14 will have a crystal with an area of about 85-100 mm2 and contain about 12-15 billion transistors. As a result, the performance of the new SoC will be at the level of modern Intel CPUs installed in modern MacBook Pro laptops. The source is guided by the Geekbench 5 test, assuming that in multi-core mode the performance will reach 5000 points.
Given that Apple uses even more powerful platforms in tablets, the new iPad Pros should be much faster than laptops in a number of scenarios, and it is difficult to imagine what kind of SoC Apple is preparing for its mobile PCs.
In any case, the market is gradually coming to the point where the performance of mobile single-chip systems, even in complex tasks such as photo or video processing, will be higher than that of many full-fledged mobile or even desktop processors.