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Apple planning move to ARM CPUs in laptops?

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There's a rumour floating around that Apple are considering ditching Intel for their laptop range and replacing them with ARM CPUs. Not sure I'd be happy with this as I don't see Arm having the horsepower that an Intel (or AMD for that matter) has. Didn't Apple learn from Power PC?

Source:Semi Accurate (so maybe take with a pinch of salt)
 

blue max

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I'm sure they will have a chat about the future of the chips before they sign on the dotted.

If Apple can actually keep a machine secret until the day of it's release, I don't expect there to be any truth in the rumour.

I do wish they would release a medium spec'd desktop model without monitor for a rather cheaper price than the imacs and more accessibility than the mini.

Graham
 
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The Mini was superb when it first came out. A reasonably priced Mac with no keyboard, mouse and monitor to push the price up. Now look at it! It might be a decent enough spec (albeit one that needs updating), but it's way too pricey.

I really hope Apple don't go down the ARM and iOS route on their laptops, that really would put me right off them.
 

dc8900

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I wouldn't believe this for a second, Apple switched to Intel due to the better projections in Intel's roadmap.
 

HD sceptic

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There's a rumour floating around that Apple are considering ditching Intel for their laptop range and replacing them with ARM CPUs. Not sure I'd be happy with this as I don't see Arm having the horsepower that an Intel (or AMD for that matter) has. Didn't Apple learn from Power PC?

Source:Semi Accurate (so maybe take with a pinch of salt)

ARM could surprise you. Their parent company made one of the most innovative processors of the 90's.

I once saw an Acorn RISC PC at a trade show, running RISC OS with 4 copies of MS Windows 3.11 running on the destop side by side, one running excel, one word, one screensaver, and one media player.

The ability to multitask back then was unparalleled, and in 1996 who would have imagined a home computer capable of using 256Mb of RAM. (certainly not Bill Gates)

Apple were so impressed they bought part of the company,
this article makes interesting reading too

History of ARM: from Acorn to Apple - Telegraph
 

CamFire

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It is entirely possible. Already, there are start ups which dabble in ARM-based hardware to be used as servers and one only need a single big success from them to start the Intel decline.
 

iamsludge

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Yes, the exciting times have started!

The Dev Kit looks really capable with the A12Z, but the first Macs will have a faster desktop focused chip (Craig Federighi has state in an interview the A12Z won’t be used) and the rumour is it the first Mac will have 12 cores - time will tell.

I will be buying that is certain, I’ve bought first generation every time Apple have switched processors and never regretted it.
 

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