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  • Apple Rumored to Be Strongly Considering ARM-based Macs


    According to a new recent report, Apple may be switching to ARM-based processors for its popular computing devices including the iPhones and iPads to iMacs and MacBook Pros. French Apple enthusiast MacBidouille has reported that Apple is exploring new ARM-powered Macs and a large format Magic Trackpad would be featured in the Macs and built into the keyboard. However, the company has said that they are still reluctant on making the switch too early because they are still far along in development with these machines.

    These systems are said to have a completely equivalent OS X operating system in ARM and are said to rely on multiple ARM CPUs with multiple cores. It has been said that the company had created an iMac desktop with four or eight 64-bit quad-core CPUs and a Mac Mini with four such cores. It has also been claimed that Apple has made 13-inch MacBooks with up to eight 64-bit quad-core ARM chips.

    It’s been some time now, with rumors floating around saying Apple will be developing ARM-based Macs in their labs. A report from three years ago claimed that Apple had developed a MacBook Air powered by the same iPad 2 A5 chip. And in more recent years, the company’s mobile processors in iPads and iPhones have been more powerful. Apple’s latest development is the A7 64-bit chip that powers the iPhone 5s, Retina iPad mini, and iPad Air.

    Source: MacBidouille
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Rumored to Be Strongly Considering ARM-based Macs started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      No more dual boot with Windows? That would suck, I doubt I'd buy a mac if I couldn't use bootcamp etc. (VM doesn't cut it)
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      This could be real.. seeing that the iphone 5S has a 64bit enabled.. it could be that, that was the first step in processing a ARM 64bit in small scale yet powerfull...so making it BIG would be more powerfull. What is ARM upto ?
      Is ARM CPU`s really that powerfull?
    1. Fimeg's Avatar
      Fimeg -
      This is a good step... IF developers really started developing for ARM and OSX. I think if the next few refreshes switch to ARM, and big percentage would drop. The normal people who hear how great Mac's are might still flock, not knowing the difference.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      No more dual boot with Windows? That would suck, I doubt I'd buy a mac if I couldn't use bootcamp etc. (VM doesn't cut it)
      I don't care about Windows. Good riddance. Want Windows? Get a $200 craptop.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      No more dual boot with Windows? That would suck, I doubt I'd buy a mac if I couldn't use bootcamp etc. (VM doesn't cut it)
      Id never bootcamp, bootcamp is crap. VM is amazing. My mac can run up to like 5+ vms at the same time running pretty fast. Have no idea what you're talking about.. more like bootcamp doesn't cut it.
    1. Ajzride's Avatar
      Ajzride -
      It is my understanding that a switch from Intel to ARM would change Virtualization into Emulation, which would not be nearly as efficient or smooth. And while I agree that I would love to lose windows entirely, it not always possible as some companies (especially business software) are simply not available for OSX.
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I don't care about Windows. Good riddance. Want Windows? Get a $200 craptop.
      Oh cool YOU don't care. Since we all value what you have to say!
    1. pulsecub's Avatar
      pulsecub -
      This would be a mistake on Apple's part; especially given the switch to the Intel architecture was the key factor in the surge in market share for Apple computer sales. Prior to that, there had been little growth in computer sales; but once they put Intel processors in the systems, that changed, and Apple's market share in both desktops and portables increased dramatically.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I don't care about Windows. Good riddance. Want Windows? Get a $200 craptop.
      I doubt very seriously that any one of your MacBooks could ever be more superior than my laptop.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Isn't Windows 8 built for ARM too?
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I don't care about Windows. Good riddance. Want Windows? Get a $200 craptop.
      Everyone loves to use mac based software. but every once in a while someone comes along with a windows based software file. That is the only time you need windows. I prefer using windows on a mac. It runs much better with all the apple hardware.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Id never bootcamp, bootcamp is crap. VM is amazing. My mac can run up to like 5+ vms at the same time running pretty fast. Have no idea what you're talking about.. more like bootcamp doesn't cut it.
      I use Windows 8.1 Media Center on my Mac Mini with a 6-way digital CableCard tuner. Windows Media Center is the only cable labs certified method to DVR encrypted TV at the moments. That's just one of many reasons.