SemiAccurate is reporting that Apple will be moving their notebook, and likely their desktop computers, to the ARM processor family. They believe Apple will wait until ARM has fully moved to 64-bit cores before making the transition. This isn’t expected to occur before mid-2013. Yes, Apple has made a serious commitments to the ARM architecture, […]
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Apple Reportedly Moving to ARM Processors for Laptops, Possibly Desktops

010230-arm.jpgSemiAccurate is reporting that Apple will be moving their notebook, and likely their desktop computers, to the ARM processor family. They believe Apple will wait until ARM has fully moved to 64-bit cores before making the transition. This isn’t expected to occur before mid-2013.

Yes, Apple has made a serious commitments to the ARM architecture, in the form of their iOS devices. ARM powers all of them, and is an ideal choice due to it’s low power consumption. In fact, one of the intriguing clues leading up to the announcement of the original iPad, was Apple acquisition of P.A. Semi and Intrinsity.

At the risk of sounding like one of the PowerPC fanboys and stating that Apple will “never” leave *fill in the blank* architecture, I just don’t buy this. First off, when Apple made the transition to Intel in 05-06, do you really think they only looked at the processor roadmap five years into the future? Secondly, it’s not easy to switch processor architectures. Apple made it look easy with the Intel transition, but a massive engineering effort went on behind the scenes for half a decade to make it look seamless.

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