“Over the past couple of days, rumors have been circling around the web that Apple (AAPL) is looking into launching new iMac, Macbook and Mac Mini models utilizing quad-core ARM (ARMH) processors,” Dan Naumov writes for Seeking Alpha.
“A couple of years ago it was revealed that a lone Apple engineer was maintaining an x86 version of MacOS X since 2000 in total secrecy, until eventually more manpower was put behind the project and Apple finally shipped its first Intel Macs in 2005,” Naumov writes. “Many people today seem to believe that history is about to repeat itself and that Apple is on the verge of starting the migration of its Mac computers away from Intel (INTC) chips. I am yet to see a single rational explanation as to ‘Why?’ and there are several things worth noting that make this scenario extremely unlikely to unfold in the near term.”
“Apple very likely learned from its past and there is little doubt in my mind that a secret ‘MacOS X on ARM’ project does in fact exist as a potential backup plan,” Naumov writes. “That’s, however, a backup plan; don’t expect ARM-based Macs to be launching any time soon.”
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