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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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by vivainio on Tue 27th Jul 2010 19:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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That's right: Your 2012 Mac desktop may just be ARM-based. After all, OS X runs on it (in the form of iOS), it's highly energy efficient, and Apple has a great deal of control over the chipsets, just as they did with the PPC line. Of course this means we'll be back in the land of Universal Binaries and a huge marketing scheme that explains why ARM chips are so much better than Core-series x86 chips, etc etc.

You don't need to argue that ARM chips are better than x86 chips (even Apple boosters know RDF won't stretch that far without breaking), they just need to say "performance doesn't matter, it's all about the apps and user experience". Once they go ARM, their PC's suddenly get "appstore-enabled".

When you think of it - the future Apple PC is probably an extension of the iPad idea. Connect a keyboard and mouse, possibly a monitor, and suddenly you have a "pc" that's enough for the vegetating populace of the world tomorrow.

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