MacBook Pro with ARM runs Android or Chrome OS too! (Low power)

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  1. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    Like this idea, running it along side x86. What do you think?

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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The use for that is fairly small. If there was a hybrid OS that would run on both, x86 and ARM, that would be great (I guess Windows 8 is going to be). That, plus automatic CPU switching (ARM when not doing intensive, x86 when more CPU power is needed) would give amazing battery life.

    I still don't see much use for that though.
     
  3. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    this seems to be impossible due to different CPU architecture.
     
  4. NZed macrumors 65816

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    Nothing is impossible, but it could be hard to achieve. You would need an OS that supports both architectures (like Windows 8) plus a big bunch of other things that I have no idea about.
     
  6. DoghouseMike macrumors regular

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    Yea, I woulda thought ARM/Intel are closer together than PPC/Intel, and Leopard ran on both. Not at the same time though, but you get the general idea.
    I imagine there would have to be some sacrifices in the eye candy department to keep it speedy on ARM, but that could be a good thing, and would leave more of the x86 architecture free for doing your actual work, instead of drawing pretty reflections in your (transparent) windows.
    Awesome idea, anyway
     
  7. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    How about a MBP with touchscreen. Then it can run both OS X and iOS if it also has an ARM cpu.
     

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