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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Comment by Lazarus
by Lazarus on Tue 6th Nov 2012 00:49 UTC
Lazarus
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2005-08-10

My guess is that they'll wait until arm64 becomes available so that they won't have a repeat of PPC->x86->amd64 transition, and just go from one 64 bit arch to another.

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RE: Comment by Lazarus
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 6th Nov 2012 01:36 in reply to "Comment by Lazarus"
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2009-01-06

Plausible.

A changeover would likely be building on the strengths of the ARM which is low power consumption. First would be the MacBook Air (i.e. grafting a real keyboard into the iOS experience) and then moving on to more and more powerful systems.

After three switches in CPU family (6800 to 68000 to PowerPC to X86), Apple must have the game plan for success in implementing the change pretty well rehearsed.

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RE[2]: Comment by Lazarus
by IndigoJo on Tue 6th Nov 2012 07:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by Lazarus"
IndigoJo Member since:
2005-07-06

The Mac as released always had a 68K processor or later. The 6809 was only ever used in internal early models.

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