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Apple Considering Switch Away From Intel For Macs 530

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-and-what-ARMy dept.
concealment sends this quote from Bloomberg: "Apple Inc. is exploring ways to replace Intel processors in its Mac personal computers with a version of the chip technology it uses in the iPhone and iPad, according to people familiar with the company's research. Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005."
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Apple Considering Switch Away From Intel For Macs

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  • by retroworks (652802) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @05:55PM (#41900005) Homepage Journal
    Samsung is the biggest investment competitor to Intel in the chip market, right? [ http://tinyurl.com/samsungintel [tinyurl.com] ] What does Apple need Intel for, give the guys at Samsung a call. What could go wrong?
  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @06:25PM (#41900475)

    It could get weird and cool. Like Plan9 in a box...

    You surely meant Plan 9 from Cubic Space. :-)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @06:34PM (#41900603)

    ..and I can attest all the self-trained amateurs who permeate software engineering waste most processing power because they are, well, Clueless Idiots. They don't know how to efficiently implement hash tables, they don't know that allocating objects on heap in large numbers and destroying them almost immediately is inefficient. They don't care to pass a reference when they can use the copy constructor. They perform idiotic low-level "optimizations" when they should re-think their processing concept. They don't understand what it means when the disk light is bright while the CPU is idle.

    I steadily replace all that crap with sane code and I incrementally parallelize the program. Yes, it's risky as that can bring problems which are extremely hard to track to the root cause. One thread damages memory and some random other one hits the problem at a random place in the code. But the results are dramatic - speedups of 10 are quite frequent.

    If all software engineers in this industry had a clue, we could do the same things on ARM as we currently do on the hot, heavy and battery-draining x86 machines. Get yourself an algorithms book and learn some actual concepts instead of The API Of The Day.

  • Where you see a prison, I see an zombie-proof enclave.

    Since the zombies are only after eating braaaaains, Apple fanbois are naturally not at great risk.

  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @09:14PM (#41902229) Journal

    And no dual boot, and they can continue with the plan to make OSX into desktop iOS, complete with walled garden.

    With such impressive "features" they might as well name it Alcatraz.

  • by LongearedBat (1665481) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @10:14PM (#41902599)

    Reminds me of this story...

    A couple went on vacation to a resort up north. The husband liked to fish, and the wife liked to read. One morning the husband came back from fishing after getting up real early that morning and took a nap.

    While he slept, the wife decided to take the boat out. She was not familiar with the lake, so she rowed out and anchored the boat, and started reading her book.

    Along comes the Game Warden in his boat, pulls up alongside the woman's boat and asks her what she's doing? She says, "Reading my book."

    The Game Warden tells her she is in a restricted fishing area and she explains that she's not fishing. To which he replied, "But you have all this equipment. I will have to take you in and write you up!"

    Angry that the warden was being so unreasonable, the lady told the warden, "If you do that, I will charge you with rape."

    The warden, shocked by her statement, replied, "But I didn't even touch you."

    To which the lady replied, "Yes, but you have all the equipment!"

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