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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RE: It would be nice...
by darknexus on Tue 6th Nov 2012 04:10 UTC in reply to "It would be nice..."
darknexus
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2008-07-15

BTW I think that the PRO line must stay with intel. ARM doesn't have enough power to virtualize Windows for example.

And how would you virtualize Windows on ARM in the first place, unless Windows comes out with a consumer-purchasable ARM version? You couldn't virtualize X86 Windows on ARM, you would have to outright emulate the X86 architecture. This would be extremely slow no matter how you slice it; anyone remember Virtual PC for PPC Macs?

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RE[2]: It would be nice...
by adkilla on Tue 6th Nov 2012 11:27 in reply to "RE: It would be nice..."
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

With the larger amount of apps already available on iOS, what is the point of Windows RT?

Windows RT != Windows Pro

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RE[2]: It would be nice...
by henderson101 on Tue 6th Nov 2012 12:09 in reply to "RE: It would be nice..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Well... http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=12727 ... nothing is impossible.

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RE[2]: It would be nice...
by mistersoft on Wed 7th Nov 2012 18:34 in reply to "RE: It would be nice..."
mistersoft Member since:
2011-01-05

Yes of course Windows won't run under emulation or other under any ARM Mac,

I think it would ..loong term, be incredibly foolish for Apple to jump *wholesale* in the Arm computing world.

We came to know that x86 and PPC version of OS X were developed side by side for a long while before Apple switch to x86 machines

And I'd find it very likely that they would do the same with x86 and ARM were they to make a switch again,
...only this time I would expect x86 machines to, at the very least, remain as the powerful processor of choice on their top end Mac Pro machines -presuming they still exist in a few years time. But I'd hold the same hope for other machines within the desktop line up, leaving ARM if it happens on perhaps the "non-pro" laptops and the tablets.

I don't see multi-core ARM CPUs eclipsing multi-core low voltage x86 CPUs (even if terms of power per W, let alone raw FLOPS and MIPS for) ...for well over 5 years, maybe 10 years.

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