Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 23:40 UTC
Apple Another Apple-to-switch-Macs-to-ARM post. "Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005." No idea when Apple will make the switch, but they will do it. I'm thinking 5-10 year timeframe.
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by Drumhellar on Tue 6th Nov 2012 01:38 UTC
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I just don't see it happening.
When Apple did the PPC->x86 switch, it was because PPC performance had been severely behind x86 for years, with only a brief glimmer of hope to the contrary when Apple switched to IBM for the Mac Pro line. There are no ARM designs even close to Intel at the higher end.

Meanwhile, x86 is catching up to ARM in terms of performance/watt in small forms, and doing so at a much quicker pace.

I think I would go so far as to say that it is more likely Apple would switch to x86 in the iPad and iPhones than switching to ARM on the desktop.

EDIT: I don't think that last part is likely, either.

Edited 2012-11-06 01:45 UTC

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