|Nov 5, 2012, 03:04 PM||#1|
Apple Considering Switch From Intel Chips in Future Macs
Apple is considering dropping Intel CPUs in favor of its own chip design, according to a report from Bloomberg. It was rumored last year that Apple was considering switching from Intel to ARM processors in future laptops.
Apple acquired chip designer P.A. Semi in 2008 for $278 million, ARM specialist Intrinsity in 2010, and most recently, Israeli flash memory firm Anobit earlier this year.
Apple first announced its move to Intel processors back in 2005, dropping PowerPC chips because of issues with power consumption and limited availability of high-performance processors.
Article Link: Apple Considering Switch From Intel Chips in Future Macs
|Nov 5, 2012, 03:07 PM||#8|
I've been through the PPC to Intel transition. It wasn't pretty.
All software through rosetta was VERY slow and it took a couple of years until all the software I needed had a half-decent universal binary version out.
I don't want to go through that again.
|Nov 5, 2012, 03:07 PM||#11|
Haha! Apple might as well put a gun to its head. My Pentium 4 from eight or nine years still has a good edge over any mobile CPU. According to Geekbench, the A6X manages to get an impressive score of around 1700. Compare that to the Mac Pro though, which benches scores of over 38000, and I think you can all see a problem. This forum in particular likes to say specs don't matter, but I don't think even you all would be stupid enough to fall for a move like that.
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|Nov 5, 2012, 03:07 PM||#12|
Apple did an amazing job switching from Motorola chips to Intel chips. I'm sure the experience Apple had doing this will help in this new move.
It will also allow iOS apps to run on Macs, and vice-versa. This is good and bad in so many different ways.
|Nov 5, 2012, 03:08 PM||#17|
The reason I started using Mac's was because of the x86 architecture. If Apple moves away to an ARM based architecture, then i may have to move into linux, back to windows 7, or just stay with my old Mac.
15" Macbook Pro Retina (2014), 27" iMac i7 (2010)
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|Nov 5, 2012, 03:08 PM||#18|
I really hope this doesn't happen.
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|Nov 5, 2012, 03:08 PM||#19|
|Nov 5, 2012, 03:08 PM||#20|
This is the reason I;m waiting for the 2013 iMacs and beyond, I can sit and wait as I have 2011 Model but like the design of new iMacs besides Apple always bumps things on 2 Gens. Hope this is one of them.
Although the article says they won't change for a few years, hope thats wrong.
|Nov 5, 2012, 03:09 PM||#22|
We already deal with lagging gaming ability as it is, why do we have to have lagging core processors? Not a fan of this at all.
24" iMac, 2.93 GHz Intel Core Duo, 4 GB RAM, 600 GB HD, OS X 10.8.3
15" MacBook Pro, 2 GHz Intel Core i7, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB, OS X 10.8.3
|Nov 5, 2012, 03:09 PM||#23|
Unless they have a way to be able to run windows as well as it is run now in Fusion etc., this will be a very bad idea. Doesn't matter how much power they save etc., the ability to run windows was one of the reasons I came back to the mac.
|Nov 5, 2012, 03:10 PM||#25|
In related news: "Apple Considering Moving Away from Classic "Personal Computer" Design, focussing on more single-purpose hardware-software-optimised devices (like iPad, iPhone, PS 3, Xbox 360, etc.)
And why not?
Steve Jobs. 1955 - 2011. My Hero.
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