New iMac to use ARM Processors?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Occamsrazr, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Occamsrazr macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2012
    Take a look at this article, I had never heard this theory before but it might make sense given the long delay...

  2. Bug-Creator macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2011
    And what would be the point ???

    There are no ARM-CPUs available that come even close in performance to the i5/i7s used in the current iMacs and savings in heat or costs would be to minimal to be considered.

    Now if it had been about the MacBookAir it would still been ********, but atleast semi-believable ******** :p
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    The comments others made at the end of that article sums things up nicely -- he doesn't know what he is talking about.
  5. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    Lol no way. The idea is too stupid to even comprehend. ARM is a different cpu architecture and it will be akin to the PPC -> Intel transition except that it will be going to an inferior product.
  6. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    If you understood where ARM processors are at the moment compared to the current cream of the crop Intel processors are then you would know too, how poor ARM is at the high end of town.

    Intel has poured billions into their processor designs for decades. ARM has only just begun, and it's starting at the low end (low power, relatively low performance, and low bandwidth).

    ARM chips get about 500-1000 on Geekbench (probably a little higher for the current quads).

    Intel top end mobile chips? About 12000. Desktops are probably in the high 10k.

    And you can't just go 'oh, we'll slap on faster ARM cores and more cores'. Because even the problem of high performance SMP (simultaneous multi processing) AMD hasn't mastered yet.

    Starting to get the idea?

    Addendum: oh, and then there's the software side of things. The fact that the MBP/A have been refreshed and released, both of which make up the largest chunk of their sales. Man, I could so on and on and on and on and on...
  7. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    I would really like to meet the "some" who "believe" this nonsense. So I could go all Darwin on them.

    Any change in architecture would be announced well in advance. The "here comes Intel" was announced at WWDC 2005, and the first computer to actually use it launched at WWDC 2006.
  8. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    MacRumours will be renamed to MacWildPhantasies at this rate :/ Why even acknowledge junk 'journalism' like that on the forums?
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    The ARM chips have nowhere near the power needed for an iMac. can you seriously picture an ARM chip trying to deal with 16GB RAM, separate video card supporting a retina display, gigabit ethernet, thunderbolt devices, and Safari (with 20 tabs open), iPhoto, iTunes, etc? Putting ARM chips in an iMac would be like trying to put a lawnmower engine in an SUV. It's an absolutely silly idea.
  10. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    The guy who wrote that article is a cretin.

    Apple ditched PowerPC for Intel purely and simply because the price/performance gap between PPC and Intel was becoming intolerably large: Intel offered a huge performance boost at lower cost.

    Arm offers no such performance boost. Quite the contrary, in fact. This story can be dismissed out of hand.
  11. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    That writer is trolling all of you:rolleyes:. First why would you debut something of that sort in a desktop machine when it's best suited to low power devices? The typical rumor is that the macbook air will get ARM. They see a slight delay (we'll see something over the summer, they never release everything at once), and now writers are trolling us with bizarre conclusions. Beyond this the whole premise is flawed. Intel tried to push atom chips before, and Apple has been fully aware of this just like they were aware Samsung and LG both sell phones, displays, and other things. Intel sells to other oems too. Of course ARM has other licensees too. See how pointless this is worrying that a commodity component supplier also supplies the competition?
  12. kitsunestudios macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    ARM in an iMac? Not gonna happen.

    ARM in an iMac-styled :apple:TV? Reasonable.

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