There is a lot of interesting hardware out there. However I can't see Apple leaving i86 on the Macs. That compatibility is a huge advantage.
That piece was interesting but the problem is floating point performance is only significant for certain apps. A responsive system needs a snappy integer processor with a good GPU these days. At least in the case of Linux, systems running on ARM hardware are at best sluggish.
Although x86 is an advantage with the Xeon, Apple has a full SDK for iOS and ARM and they can make their own chips whenever they like and manage costs better.
While I don't see Apple doing it, getting A6 type CPUs to run at 2+ GHz with the right support hardware would make for an interesting Mini. Put a dozen in a Mini and I'm not too sure many would complain.
The ARM cores in the iPhone are tiny and they must run on less than 2W at full load for dual 1.3GHz:
The cores themselves probably are well under 500 milliwatts each. Infact I seem to remember at least one foundry testing out 28nm that indicated they had Cortex A9 cores running at 250 milliwatts. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the entire chip, that is Apples A6, is running at 2-3 watts with all units in operation.
Costs = area so they might be very successful with a large number of cores. However the big issue with lots of cores on die is communications. That will actuall take up lots of space and power.
Nobody is paying attention to desktops these days. The latest desktop releases go by unnoticed on tech blogs. It's not just Apple doing it.
True the consummer in general is focused on other devices, but that is no excuse.
It's simple supply and demand - focus your supply on where there's demand. That's no longer the desktops because they aren't interesting to consumers any more. A 13" Retina MBP by contrast would sell extremely well, probably more so than the 15" model.
I understand this but frankly it doesn't justify a company like Apple ignoring the market. They do have the resources to do desktops right.
Tim Cook confirmed the next MP update won't arrive until late 2013 so no point in considering that for now.
Yeah I know but that doesn't explain the iMac and the Mini.
The iMac, Mini and 13" rMBP should be any time now. They tend not to leave things late in the year so October is a pretty sure bet and I think we'll hear about a press event shortly.[/quote]
Ok, but I have to ask where is the leaks, rumors and other nonsense that would suggest a October release? I think this is what frustrates many, there isn't even a hint of new desktops anytime soon.