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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pandronic
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2006-05-18

Adobe Suite, MS Office for starters ... although nothing in Apple's behavior says that it wants to be a company that facilitates content creation any more, but merely consumption.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Adobe Suite, MS Office for starters ... although nothing in Apple's behavior says that it wants to be a company that facilitates content creation any more, but merely consumption.


Presumably that's why Apple put so much work into developing Final Cut Pro X, Aperture, Logic Pro, the photo editing capabilities of iPhoto especially on the iPad, Garage Band, etc.

The status and importance of Microsoft Office is declining quickly and will continue to do so. Almost no one needs Office anymore unlike say ten years ago.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I'm no expert on the matter, but I've heard a lot of bitching about the dumbing down of Final Cut Pro X. The rest of the apps you mentioned IMO are leftovers from a time when desktop Windows was the thing to beat. As for the editing capabilities of iPhoto ... please ...

I don't need MS Office, maybe you don't need MS Office, after all LibreOffice is pretty good and free, but in the actual office, people will use MS Office for the foreseeable future.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Almost no one needs Office anymore unlike say ten years ago.


Microsoft's office sales seem to point otherwise...

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I see you stressed "needs"... true enough, but the corporate world still uses office... Ours is a mixed world of linux and windows... but office is the defacto standard for all presentations, documentation, etc.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Adobe Suite, MS Office for starters ...


There's already ARM versions of MS Office for Windows, so I don't know where you get this idea that Adobe nor MS couldn't cross-compile their software if Apple decided to support ARM on their desktop OS.

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Microsoft could support ARM Mac OS X, but I imagine it would take a couple of years. And to my knowledge, Adobe doesn't have ARM versions of their applications. The amount of platform specific optimizations are probably mind boggling. Doable? Yes. Immediate? Not by a long shot.

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