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: Not a slam dunk...
by zima on Thu 8th Nov 2012 22:25 UTC in reply to "Not a slam dunk..."
zima
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2005-07-06

When Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel x86 cores, they did it because out of pragmatism. [...]
Doing so with their own CPU designs, with the PowerPC chips they were developing together with IBM, would have cost quite a lot of money and the cost would have spread over far less processors than Intel ships regularly each quarter. Going to Intel was, long term, a very good move for Apple and a pragmatic one to boot.

More: going with the PPC was likely itself a mistake - Apple CEO from the time thinks it was one of his biggest ones: http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=7045
(and Mac OS Classic was running on x86 at the time... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_project )

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