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 marcp on Tue 6th Nov 2012 08:45 UTC
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It'd be quite logical to switch, because ARM is just better in many ways; it's cleaner, simpler, needs less power, etc.
The problem [especially for big corps like Apple] is that ARM is constantly evolving. Software projects, like Debian GNU/Linux, or anything else can just write new code to work on new ARM hardware specification. Especially with open source / free software that is just possible and there's usually no 'money' obstacle there.
When it comes to hardware+software vendor, the things get much more complicated. Not only they would have to make their OS constantly available for ever-changing ARM spec, but they would also need to make their hardware updated every now and so. That doesn't make a reliable product, and that's what Apple wants for sure.

P.S Thom, in a fast changing world I don't think we have any chances to predict what's going to happen in a next 5, not mentioning 10 years. This is pure insanity. ARM could be replaced with other, even better HW platform. I'd be VERY careful to make any predictions about the future.

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