For the past four years, Apple has been running rings around the Windows PC world with its in-house computer chips, the M series, delivering performance per watt on Macs that was unheard of in PCs using chips from Intel.

When Apple announced a few years ago that it would ditch Intel — a longtime partner, and a once dominant semiconductor giant that has fallen on hard times — the move was greeted with scepticism, especially in the PC world...

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