Apple Considering Switch From Intel Chips in Future Macs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 has recently moved away from using off the shelf chips in its iOS devices in recent years, launching its latest A6 and A6X chips based on custom designs. The company has acquired a number of hardware firms to ramp up its expertise in integrated circuit design.

    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
  2. monokitty macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2011
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Of course. Intel's MacBook Air cloning strategy will backfire.
  4. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
  5. kcamfork macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2011
    If this is true, I guess my 2012 mbp will be my last Mac...
  6. silverf1re macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2011
  7. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
  8. Purant macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2012
    Please no.

    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.
  9. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
  10. iSteve-O macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2011
    Not again. Remember When you decided to drop Google Maps and make your own? How did that turn out?
  11. nickn, Nov 5, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012

    nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    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.
  12. bbeagle macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    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.
  13. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
  14. MacFather macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2012
  15. musio macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2008
    Is this a case of users are interested in CPU power and Apple are interesting in money, profit margins and controlling everything? (But CPU speed)
  16. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    If this turns out to be the case, I won't be buying from Apple anymore...
  17. Vol7ron macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2009
    Derry, NH
    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.
  18. Cougarcat, Nov 5, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012

    Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Yeah, that would suck. You could theoretically run Windows RT, but MS isn't selling it on its own, only with tablets. And you wouldn't be able to run any x86 apps, which would pretty much defeat the purpose.

    I really hope this doesn't happen.

    If this was their primary goal (and I doubt it--Macs and iOS are totally different interfaces) there would be no point in using ARM because iOS apps work on x86 out of the box. When you test an app on the iOS simulator (not an emulator) it's running in an x86 environment.
  19. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    You would need to know what ARM has in the next few years. For that we wait and see.
  20. I8P'CS macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    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.
  21. JavaTheHut macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2010
  22. hathornb macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2010
    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.
  23. mc.stever macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2008
    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.
  24. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Remember how Apple had x86 OS X being developed alongside PPC OS X? Wouldn't surprise me one bit that Apple has the same going on with ARM
  25. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    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?

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