Computing Mobility: Apple may trigger an Autonomy race using ARM Processors

Computing Mobility: Apple may trigger an Autonomy race using ARM Processors
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In August 2006, Apple replaced its Power PC processors by Intel processors in its iMac line. According to the SemiAccurate website, another change may happen in the near future with the replacement of the Intel processors by ARM ones. ARM processors are currently used by Apple in its iPad and iPhone devices.

Source: http://semiaccurate.com/2011/05/05/apple-dumps-intel-from-laptop-lines/

The goal? More autonomy; not just a few additional hours but probably up to 18 hours of total autonomy on its laptop line.

Fast Company provides an interesting insight on this possibility:

“The iPad works for around 10 hours on a charge, while the new 11-inch iMacs run reliably into four hours of usage, and Apple’s existing bigger MacBook Pros can go up to 7 hours with the Wi-Fi on…all with existing tech. Imagine in 3 years’ time, with evolutions in battery design, screen technology (so they consume less power when lit) and solid-state memory advances, a MacBook sporting a low-power-consumption, super-fast ARM chip. Hypothetically, that Mac could run for 18 hours or more on a single charge. If Apple’s desktop Macs ran ARM chips, too, then perhaps they’d need much less cooling–leading to quieter, more efficient power needs. And who wouldn’t like to run apps on a top-end Mac Pro with four ARM CPUs aboard, sporting up to 32 separate processor cores?”

Source: http://www.fastcompany.com/1751980/macs-with-all-day-batteries-plausible-if-apple-ditches-intel-for-arm

If this information is confirmed, Apple will definitely set a new milestone for the mobile computing market, and this definitely will trigger an interesting race.

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