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05-06-2011, 07:19 PM #1
ARM Processors to Replace Intel Chips on Future MacBook Models?
A new rumor from SemiAccurate claims that Apple is now planning on moving the entire MacBook line away from Intel processors to ARM processors instead by the end of 2012 or early 2013. Apple appears to be waiting to make the switch until 64-bit variants becomes available. According to SemiAccurate, “Apple is moving the laptop line, and presumably desktops too, to ARM based chips as soon as possible.”
The current lineup of iOS devices now use a CPU based on the ARM architecture. Apple has made it clear that they intend to bring the best features from iOS to the desktop with the introduction of Lion, when it comes out this summer. It’s generally assumed that Apple is simply referring to software when discussing Lion, however, they may also be speaking of hardware features as well.
“Apple can move to ARM without worrying about obsoleting code with an ISA that is on the verge of changing, and no memory overhead worries either. Basically, it looks like the perfect time.”
All MacBook models are simply portable electronic devices at heart. Moving to ARM based processors, would give Apple the freedom to focus on a more unified product line, at least under the hood. If MacBooks and iOS devices use similar CPU designs, then Apple would be able to blur the line even further between product lines. This might even be a benefit to the average user as well.
It’s also being reported that Intel has shown an interest in developing mobile chips for devices like Apple’s iPad. Competition between Intel and ARM may lead to even better chip designs as the two companies try to outdo each other. This would give Apple the freedom to choose the very best CPU’s available once the dust settles.
If this all sounds highly unlikely to you, then just remember, there was a time not too long ago when an Apple computer with an Intel processor would have been unthinkable. Now it’s the norm. Apple always plans a step or two ahead of the competition. This time next year we may all be drooling over the latest MacBook Pro models powered by ARM processors. You never know, stranger things have happened.
05-06-2011, 07:54 PM #2
Would this lead to any software compatibility issues?[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
05-06-2011, 07:58 PM #3
^ yes and no. Current software maybe just due to a different instruction set. Future software I'd say no its all on apple to compile for the arm and intel.
05-06-2011, 08:41 PM #4
05-06-2011, 08:42 PM #5
I hope this doesn't happen. Losing Parallels will suck. I still have to use windows for a few things.
05-06-2011, 08:47 PM #6
I wanna A5 chip in an iPhone.
05-06-2011, 08:49 PM #7
05-06-2011, 08:51 PM #8
Looks like I better upgrade to a new MacBook pro this year just to be safe.
05-06-2011, 09:08 PM #9
Hmmm... I wouldn't be surprised if this happens. But quite frankly, I don't think ARM-based processors are ready to take on the load of a full-fledged computer. But, they're talking about 2012-2013, maybe by that time ARM processors will have eight cores with a clock of 6GHz each...
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05-06-2011, 09:16 PM #10
I don't like this news at all.
If they are moving architecture or splitting their line up then software is gonna get nasty and there goes OSX love that has been building these past years. Or if they move all the lineup to it I am not sure how I feel because right now ARM is not fully up to Intel power but it is getting there.
05-06-2011, 10:01 PM #11
The next Windows will have support for ARM, so you can still dual boot!
05-06-2011, 10:11 PM #12
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05-06-2011, 10:32 PM #14
God da#n it! Not another architecture change!!! Sh#t! What's so great about ARM? And its not just Apple, Microsoft wants Windows 8 to run on ARM too.
05-06-2011, 11:55 PM #15
As a bootcamp user, I would be very disappointed if they did this.
05-07-2011, 01:49 AM #16
This mission to fuse mobile and desktop, I hate it. Keep them separate.
When all third party software becomes useless on their computers because of a move to ARM, it'll take a while for the devs to code well for it. Only Apple software would work correctly from the start, which gives it that "Apple vibe"
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05-07-2011, 05:49 AM #17
05-07-2011, 08:51 AM #18
As far as I know, ARM is a 32bit-only architecture at the moment, so good luck having more than 4GB or RAM on ARM Mac's.
Moving to ARM would be the worst ting to happen to Mac's EVER
05-07-2011, 08:54 AM #19
05-07-2011, 09:31 AM #20
well this means that apple would have to ditch the thunderbolt port because thunderbolt was developed by intelIm eman297