New Article: Why Apple Won’t ARM the MacBook

Article: Why Apple Won’t ARM the MacBook
By: David Kanter (dkanter.delete@this.realworldtech.com), May 10, 2011 12:19 am
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While I have the utmost respect for my friend Charlie, this is one case where I respectfully disagree with his predictions.

Charlie's reports aside, Apple will not switch their laptops to ARM any time soon. Despite Apple’s previous migrations, there are too many technical and business challenges and too few benefits. Moreover, Apple's chip designers are better suited to enhancing the iPhone and iPad to fend off commodity Android systems. We look at the reasons Apple will stay with x86 notebooks for now, and how they might consider using ARM in the future.

http://www.realworldtech.com/page.cfm?ArticleID=RWT050911220752

This article was written partially in response to the forum thread below, and I'd like to thank everyone for sharing their opinions. Hopefully I brought up several points that had not been considered before.

As always, you're welcome and encouraged to discuss further.

David
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