Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 14:56 UTC
Mac OS X It's still early days, but this has the potential to put more fuel on the Apple rumour mill fire than anything else in recent times. A BA thesis by Dutch student Tristan Schaap details how, during his internship at Apple's Platform Technologies Group, he ported Darwin to a certain ARMv5 developer board. A few blog articles later, and the headline has already turned into 'Mac OS X ported to ARM'. So, what have I been running on my iPhone and iPad all these years?
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 7th Feb 2012 16:23 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

I wouldn't be surprised if there is a move to ARM within the next 5 years - ARM has already announced ARMv8 which it jointly developed with nVidia under the name 'Project Denver' so I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up seeing sometime in the future, when ARMv8 is ready that Apple makes the switch to 64bit ARM.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by David on Tue 7th Feb 2012 16:54 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Apple's become pretty cozy with Intel in the past few years, but I'm sure that you're right. Maybe Apple will always use Intel chips for it's higher-end computers, but I'm sure how they remember how uncomfortable it was to get chained to the comparatively-stagnant PPC platform.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by No it isnt on Tue 7th Feb 2012 17:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Intel is far from stagnant, though, and ARM is many years behind in performance. Switching to ARM right now would be like switching to Atom, i.e. relaunching the Air as a netbook. It does not quite make sense.

Here are some recent benchmarks on Linux, with Tegra 2 being not quite half as fast as a Core Duo (from 2006):
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=compulab_trimsli...

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