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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Nicholas Blachford
Member since:
2005-07-06

Considering that Apple was a co-inventor of ARM.


Apple was one of the the first 3 investors in ARM the company along with Acorn and VLIW.

They did not however "invent" the "Acorn RISC Machine" processor. That was done by Acorn on it's own several years earlier.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

The real shame is that Acorn didn't hang in there, could have been one of the biggest international companies by now. Their processor legacy is pretty much in every device I own that is not a desktop or laptop.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The real shame is that Acorn didn't hang in there, could have been one of the biggest international companies by now. Their processor legacy is pretty much in every device I own that is not a desktop or laptop.

And possibly in some/most/all(?) of your desktops or laptops - things like HDD or optical drive controllers could also use ARM SoC I suppose; similarly monitors, or even some more fancy mouses and keyboards.

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