Apple To Replace Intel With ARM Processors In Coming Laptops?

Well, here’s a quick heads-up! According to the report of SemiAccurate, Apple will be transitioning from Intel processors to ARM processors in the near future. Also, the site claims that the transition will take place after ARM has moved to full 64-bit cores that won’t likely be until at least mid-2013. Well, let’s have more information on this report from below.

Apple to move from Intel to ARM processors in future laptops

At that point, Apple can move to ARM without worrying about obsoleting code with an [instruction set architecture] 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. Coincidence? Nope.;

Well, the Cupertino giant has a made a great investment in the ARM architecture that presently powers their iOS line of products. Even, Apple made the move to take ARM processor design in house with the acquisition P.A. Semi and Intrinsity.

However, a transition of their Mac line over to a different processor architecture is hard to accept. Though Apple had been successful previously in such a transition with the PowerPC to Intel transition, but, it was not without an incredible amount of engineering to ease the process. Well, the existing Mac apps would be unable to run on the new ARM processors without some sort of emulation layer. Mac apps would have to be recompiled to support the ARM processors.

Also, ARM is known for their low power processors, but, last year, they declared plans to move into high-performance computing in the future, and has been rumored to moving into the 64-bit space as well.

 

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