Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:44 UTC
Intel An interesting article at Ars Technica takes a look at some compelling data (the longer-than-normal processor update cycles in Apple's personal computer lineup) and speculates that Apple's enthusiasm for its partnership with Intel might be cooling. Like Apple's soured relationship with once-BFF Google, this may be the result of Intel's increasing activities in the mobile computing space.
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by TheKurrgan on Wed 28th Jul 2010 03:52 UTC
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I find it reasonably unlikely the "Mac" line will stray away from Intel in the foreseeable future. OSX would require complete re-work, not to mention the 3rd party applications. There are two types of mac user: Casual home user / dont wanna mess with it -- And the hardcore multimedia stead fasters who never went to PC, and that end of them would be boned by going to ARM.. ARM is a respectable enough CPU, however even if you did ramp the speed up to 3ghz and add 16 cores, its still not going to run with a modern Intel in the multimedia rendering arena, nor gaming for that matter. Then there is the momentum Apple has gained with their Mac line in the recent years, that would basically vaporize.. Software companies dont like total arch changes, and are slow enough to adopt an x86 mac variant, much less anything else.. So they may as well just stop making computers and go exclusively gadgets before they switched the Mac to a non x86 CPU. As to them using AMD, seeing as how AMD is second place and considered "economy" in most circles, the elitist attitude of Apple would seem to be at odds with using something thats a known #2, they are FAR to self obsessed for that.

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