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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
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    Default 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.

    Source: AppleInsider

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    That would mean Dual boot Bootcamp Win7 or 8 wont be possible ?
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    this is bad for Apple users, instead to go further is backing to past....

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    Very bad for Apple users. The move to Intel enabled dual boot - that's now a 'need' for most of us and not just a novelty.
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    Apple using Intel CPUs is what pushed Apple into being vaguely competitive with PCs. Going back is the worst decision they could ever make.

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    Dual boot? Seriously? I'd rather get a virtual machine and not have to reboot to reach my other OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Dual boot? Seriously? I'd rather get a virtual machine and not have to reboot to reach my other OS.
    Dual boot is very fast. Especially now with SSD drives for startup.

    Virtual OS shells - are clunky and slow. Never had a good experience with them. (If we're talking about the same thing when you say 'virtual machine'.

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    Virtualization without the Intel processors would be a mess again and would drive them back in to the dark ages. I will buy the last Intel pc, I suppose and go back to pcs after that.

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    It's not like they will replace an intel CPU with a single ARM processor, most likely multiple ARMs in a parallel processing setup. You get the performance and the battery life extension. We already know what you get when you use an ARM processor instead of an intel CPU; the iPad.

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    I'd actually be okay with apple switching to ARM, since as of Windows 8 Windows supports ARM too. Everyone would still be able to hold on to their dual boot.

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    Did any of you actually read the article? Apple isn't saying this, an industry analyst is the source. The title even says it wouldn't be happening soon. Relax people...

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    Finally, ARM CPUs have surpassed Intel in efficiency for a while now and I've been waiting for some news like this for quite a long time! The latest ARM cores are incredibly fast with such a low power consumption, an ARM-based Mac could easily be much faster than an x86-based Mac while using much less power (thus less heat and less cooling)

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    ARM....hmmm...blast from the past..
    guess what....lost of customers also..
    i don't care how much an apple fan.
    but going back to ARM....only make people
    turn away from apple products.
    Intel makes it worth the purchase and the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
    Dual boot is very fast. Especially now with SSD drives for startup.

    Virtual OS shells - are clunky and slow. Never had a good experience with them. (If we're talking about the same thing when you say 'virtual machine'.
    My windows 7 on my VM loads in 8 seconds. If that's clunky and slow for you, then you're living too far into the future.

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