Apple could transition to ARM chips in Macs, but probably won’t

“With every release of a new iPhone powered by another cutting-edge processor designed by Apple, the rumbling grows. It’s amplified by the perception that the Mac is being delayed and hamstrung by the moves of the Mac’s chip supplier, Intel,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld. “It’s the theory that, one of these days, Apple is going to break from Intel and power its Macs with an Apple-designed processor related to the ones in the iPhone and iPad.”

“And it’s true, the Mac is no stranger to a processor transition,” Snell writes. “It’s happened three times in the 32-year life of the Mac, so roughly once a decade.”

“Having proven itself a capable chip designer with the A series, Apple could very well dump Intel and strike out on its own. But I don’t think Apple will,” Snell writes. “There are lots of arguments against Apple making ARM-based Macs. None of them are deal-breakers, but they all accumulate to suggest that making a break from Intel chips would be a painful transition.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Too much work for a platform Apple sees as a low volume “truck” compared to iOS devices? We shall see. What’s the sense of having $200+ billion if you’re not going to push the envelope? In fact, forget the cash pile: What’s the sense of being Apple if you’re not going to push the envelope?

As we wrote back in January 2015:

There is no reason why Apple could not offer both A-series-powered Macs and Intel-based Macs. The two are not mutually exclusive…

iOS devices and OS X Macs inevitably are going to grow closer over time, not just in hardware, but in software, too:

Think code convergence (more so than today) with UI modifications per device. A unified underlying codebase for Intel, Apple A-series, and, in Apple’s labs, likely other chips, too (just in case). This would allow for a single App Store for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users that features a mix of apps: Some that are touch-only, some that are Mac-only, and some that are universal (can run on both traditional notebooks and desktops as well as on multi-touch computers like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and – pretty please, Apple – Apple TV). Don’t be surprised to see Apple A-series-powered Macs, either.MacDailyNews Take, January 9, 2014

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  1. APPLE, think cluster computer using ARM-based nano blades, where the new Mac Pro can hold up to 50 nano blades.

    Sell the base Mac Pro packages with x-ARM chips and allowing the user to purchase as many nano blades as desired to boost their Mac from being a monster number cruncher to a fire breathing monster number crunching machine.

    Sell the next generation Mac Pro in two sizes: 1) grande, designed to sit on the floor being about the size of the 2012 models, and 2) one-third size box designed for the desktop. They can both look like the old Mac Pro. We really don’t care that much about the looks. Get rid of the trash can. It was a stupid mistake. Get past it.

    1. Just buy a cheap linux blade and be done with it… if you are doing number crunching on a server sized scale then OSX is like 0 benefit to you, just run some streamlined linux and get on with it.. also it would cost a small fraction of what any Apple “blade” would cost… I can see it now! Apple Mac Pro Blade! starting at 4999 for 1 ARM CPU, add 2000$ for 64GB of ram! add 1500 for each new CPU, up to 16 CPUS! comes in JET BLACK and has 2 USBC ports on it! BUY BUY BUY!! TIMMY NEEDS A NEW ELECTRIC SUV!

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