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 Kroc on Tue 6th Nov 2012 07:17 UTC
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Are we not forgetting smartbooks?

Only Apple could pull this off simply because of the iOS library of apps. iOS is Apple's 25-year platform just as Mac OS was.

The wave of smartbooks that were promised in 2008 were never launched because of a perceived negative bias from consumers over the lack of Flash for ARM.

I perceive that Apple would pre-announce a 'smartbook' device (basically iOS + keyboard), allow developers to register to receive a prototype so as to get serious app development for a serious machine ready before it hit the shelves.

That said, I can't reconcile the mouse problem. If a smartbook has a keyboard, then where goes the touch? Reaching to the screen is bad for the arms, and a touch-pad / magic trackpad detaches you from being able to touch the content. It's the only reason I can think of why Apple has not released such a product yet.

Are we really to stick with Mac OS X for another ten years because Apple cannot reconcile their own competing platform that by nature abhors a keyboard?

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