Apple Move to ARM Based Macs Invevitable, Not Happening Any Time Soon
Rumors of Apple switching to ARM-based processors for its Mac lineup have surfaced every year since the inception of the iPhone. But, one industry analyst is claiming the transition is "inevitable."
Shaw Wu, an analyst with Sterne Agee, said in a note to investors Tuesday that Apple will take its time optimizing MAC OS X for the ARM processors currently powering their iDevices. For even the mildly aware Apple user, the infusion of Apples iOS into Mac OS X over the past five years has been obvious. The touch based navigation, Launch Pad, full screen apps, and iCloud integration include just a few of the iOS touches readily apparent in OS X.
While Intel's desktop processors are much more powerful than their ARM-based counterparts, the transition to custom-built ARM based processors would help streamline Apple's production process and create a more seamless experience for customers according to Wu. Considering the direction of Apple's iOS and OS X development this eventual processor overlap seems natural.
Still, Wu is not predicting the shift to occur in the next few years and views the transition to ARM based processors as a long-range inevitability. Devices like the MacBook Air could more readily benefit from an early transition to the ARM based processors though, with any decrease in performance offset by monumental gains in battery life.