“Word has reached SemiAccurate that Apple is going to show Intel the door, at least as far as laptops are concerned. It won’t be really soon, but we are told it is a done deal,” Charlie Demerjian reports for SemiAccurate.
“Apple is moving the laptop line, and presumably desktops too, to ARM based chips as soon as possible,” Demerjian reports. “Think mid-2013. At that point, Apple can move to ARM without worrying about obsoleting code with an ISA that is on the verge of changing, and no memory overhead worries either. Basically, it looks like the perfect time. Ironically, SemiAccurate’s moles tell us that the boys on infinite loop are planning to move laptops to ARM at about that time.”
Demerjian reports, “So short story, x86 is history on Apple laptops, or will be in 2-3 years. In any case, it is a done deal, Intel is out, and Apple chips are in. The only question left is if they will use their own core, a Samsung core, or the generic ARM black box. My bet is on generic for the first round, with a custom uncore, and moving to progressively more proprietary features with each successive generation.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As anyone with an iPad 2 can tell you, Apple’s A5 is quite an extraordinary performer. Imagine an Apple A6 (or even an A5) with access to much more than the 512MB RAM found in iPad 2 and coupled with high-performance SSDs. It’s easy to imagine a setup like that running a full-blown Mac OS X very well.
UPDATE: 11:11am EDT: As per concerns about Boot Camp / Windows Virtualization: Microsoft has already announced that their next version of Windows will support SoC architectures from ARM, as well and Intel and AMD. So, provided Microsoft follows through and ships, Boot Camp and Windows Virtualization on Macs could still be possible of Apple ARM-based Macs. See related articles below for more info.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
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