What you need to know
- Intel attempted to illustrate why gaming is better on Intel-powered devices than Apple's offering in a recent call.
- The call highlighted the lack of popular games that are available on macOS.
- A slide within the call compares an Intel-powered PC to an Intel-powered MacBook.
Intel continues on its crusade against Apple. The company already has several ad campaigns attacking Apple, and now it's focusing on the gaming side of computing. In a recent call with PC Gamer, Intel's Ryan Shrout talked about the performance of Intel's 11th Gen H-series laptop processors. During the call, Shrout also specifically discussed Apple hardware (via iMore).
One of Intel's main points is a frequent, and accurate, argument against gaming on Macs, the fact that many of the best PC games aren't available on macOS. Intel shared a slide stating that "over half of today's most popular games aren't supported on macOS."
Intel also shared a slide comparing a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9-9980HK with an AMD Radeon Pro 5600 and a PC with an Intel Core i5-11400H with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.
There are a couple of strange things about this comparison. First, Intel is comparing itself against itself. Even though Apple is moving away from Intel chips, the chart doesn't compare an Intel-powered device with one running Apple's M1 chips. Second, the chart compares an older Intel Core i9 with a new Intel Core i5. Those aren't exactly comparable processors. A comparison between Apple's most recent MacBook and a recent Intel-powered PC would probably be better.
Shrout also highlighted that many people who purchase a computer for work also game and vice versa.
Regardless of your stance on Apple vs. PC or Apple vs. Intel, it's unlikely that this is the last shot we'll see in the battle of big computing brands.