“The latest source code for the LLVM-based compiler Clang — the default compiler in Apple’s Xcode developer tools — shows that support has recently been added for Marvell’s quad-core, ARM-based Armada XP processor,” Chris Foresman reports for Ars Technica. “Since Marvell is targeting the processor for low-power cloud computing applications, why exactly does Apple’s version of Clang offer conditional support in its development tool chain?”
“There are a couple scenarios we consider plausible. First is that Apple could be considering the Marvell for next-generation iOS devices, such as the iPad 3,” Foresman reports. “Second, Apple could be considering the Marvell as a possible low-power, battery-life-enhancing processor for the MacBook Air… Last, and most probable in our opinion, is that Apple is using the Marvell chip in prototypes of future iOS device designs (or even an ARM-based MacBook Air that is rumored to exist somewhere inside One Infinite Loop) for testing purposes.”
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