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    Default Apple may move to ARM chips?

    There is a rumour Apple may drop Intel! Sounds dumb to me, what do think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardET View Post
    There is a rumour Apple may drop Intel! Sounds dumb to me, what do think?
    Citation needed
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    Default Re: Apple may move to ARM chips?

    A switch to ARM is not really a bad thing, as ARM is a rising architechture.
    But they might just do it for the iphone/ipad

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    What were you thinking? Did you imagine that iPhones and iPads contain power guzzling Intel/AMD CPUs? They were already using ARM on those devices, at least up to iPhone 3 and iPad 1. Recently they have been using an Apple CPU design derived from ARM. Just do a web search.

    In terms of CPU numbers, ARM CPUs in the field probably exceed x86 CPUs due to the number of smartphones out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    What were you thinking? Did you imagine that iPhones and iPads contain power guzzling Intel/AMD CPUs? They were already using ARM on those devices, at least up to iPhone 3 and iPad 1. Recently they have been using an Apple CPU design derived from ARM. Just do a web search.

    In terms of CPU numbers, ARM CPUs in the field probably exceed x86 CPUs due to the number of smartphones out there.
    Ah yes thats right, I thought the ipad was an intel silly me.
    Though i also did think the iphone had a arm like chip, I just thought the ipad had a intel one.
    I have not invested in those accursed things so easy mistake to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoergJaeger View Post
    Citation needed


    example sources:

    Report: Apple to ditch Intel for ARM in MacBooks

    Read more: Report: Apple to ditch Intel for ARM in MacBooks | The Digital Home - CNET News

    Report: Apple to ditch Intel for ARM in MacBooks | The Digital Home - CNET News

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    It's actually not so far fetched a rumour now that they've developed their own versions of ARM chips (Apple A4 and A5). These days changing the machine architecture isn't the big deal it used to be. One of the achievements of Unix and C was to demonstrate that writing an OS in a high level language like C (high compared to assembler) was practical and that the efficiency loss was acceptable (I think the definitive 1974 paper on Unix in CACM estimated the overhead at 20%). And of course we know that Linux was ported to many targets despite Linus's protestation at the beginning that it would only ever run on 386s.

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    Not going to happen - ARM chips are woefully underpowered and Macbooks for example are powerhouse laptops. Apple may use ARM in certain devices but in computers, nuh-uh.

    The rumour is merely slapped on a few blogs that want to get more hits.

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    Default Re: Apple may move to ARM chips?

    Not as underpowered as you may think. They are starting to be comparable in grunt to netbook Atoms. See here

    SemiWiki - ARM vs IntelPerformance? Power? OS support?

    and here

    Intel Atom vs ARM Cortex-A9

    Probably this particular rumour is a canard but the challenge of ARM to Intel in the long term is real.

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    Default Re: Apple may move to ARM chips?

    Quote Originally Posted by ken_yap View Post
    Not as underpowered as you may think. They are starting to be comparable in grunt to netbook Atoms. See here
    Yes but netbook atoms are completely out of the league when compared to the Macbook/Pro 2.2-2.3GHz quad cores.

    The next refresh will most likely move Macbook Pros to hexacore or even octacore if they come out soon enough.

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