Originally Posted by v5v
Apple's recent attempts at re-inventing the wheel haven't been exactly smooth so I'm afraid of a product that can't have its "growing pains" patched with software. (Speaking of that, has anyone else found that iMessage is not doing a very good job of staying in sync between Mac and iPhone?)
Besides, I imagine there's gotta be a big difference between designing a chip capable of running a telephone-level computer and one that can replace a Xeon. That doesn't mean they CAN'T, but might mean not YET. Then again, they didn't let lack of readiness stop them from releasing Maps, so who knows? :)
Apple doesn't reinvent the wheel. It imagines where the wheel will be in 10 years, and designs a wheel for that. Same wheel, just without all the cruft of 9 years of incremental improvements.
This started at NeXT. The fact they could pivot onto Intel as cleanly as they did, is a testament to their ability to think ahead and ponder how to make things work, and what they can't make work they say 'No' to. Look at Windows 8's feeble attempt to climb onto ARM with Surface. Compare to the fork in Mac OSX (which prior to PPC was ran on 4 processors in production at the SAME time... 68K, HP-PaRISC, Solaris, and Intel Pentium) and iOS,
The move will be easy, and my guess is Apple sees the power/performance curves of the custom ARM chip it 'can' make and the path Intel 'can make' and is posturing against Intel to 'step up and partner, or see us move off your chipset' (because Apple has shown them they can... 6 times in the past).
I'm figuring the former (partner up), but in order to 'negotiate' you gotta have a position of strength... custom ARM and the massive growth of iOS is that lever point.