Think we will ever see OS X on an AMD system?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by SRLMJ23, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. SRLMJ23 macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    New York
  2. Frozzie macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    You gotta be kidding right? AMD is finished as far as processor market is concerned. Intel is the way to go for performance, AMD is just budget.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Obviously no.
  4. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2011
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    I would be surprised if there is not a version of ML that runs on amd and ppc still to this day in apples research labs
  6. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2010

    Lion on PPC, heh. Imagine how slow that would be.
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Um-m-m, no--not necessarily. If you think that PPC is a 300 MHz PowerPC 604, then I will concede the point. However, it is not 1997 anymore. When Apple abandoned the PowerPC, its primary processor was the PowerPC 970. The PPC 970 aka G5, was a single-chip implementation of the POWER4 chip set. The POWER5 was IBM extant version of the POWER architecture. That was six years ago. Today, IBM's extant version of the POWER chip set is the POWER7. The fastest POWER7 systems have clock speeds of 5 GHz and 64 cores in 32 chips.

    Without question, Apple's switch to Intel has been a success beyond everyone's wildest expectations. The switch played a significant role in Apple's rise to be the richest corporation on Earth. I am one of those people who take it as an article of faith that Apple has builds for several non-Intel ISAs running in its labs.

    Not sticking with Intel for its iOS devices certainly has not hurt Apple. I have no expectation that Apple will return to PowerPC. However, a Mac Pro running a single-chip implementation of POWER7 or its successor(s) would be absolutely awesome.
  8. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2010
    I kid, I kid. ;) I realize now I didn't add any sort of indication to that effect. I am really thinking of my only recent experience with PowerPCs, my dual-2.0 G5. The PowerMac felt fast, and was the fastest computer I'd owned, until I bought my MBP last year. :p I think another architecture becoming commonplace would be very interesting but it would take quite an event for Apple to switch again.

    Heh, imagine...deep inside Apple R&D...Lion running on PS3s... ;)
  9. jackrv macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011

    We already have, just not legally: [​IMG]
  10. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    Intel processors = FAST but bad on battery
    AMD processors = OK and good on battery

    Btw, that video is not true.

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