Originally Posted by SolipsismX
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I need to run so this will be quick. I do believe though that people don't understand that Intels goal, probably pushed by Apple is chips suitable for tablets and other fan less devices. They really haven't made it there yet but it is a real goal.
That's an interesting question. My feeling is that Apple would want to continue the Mac brand even if they used ARM over Intel.
It is possible but I see it as a marketing nightmare. Keeping all Mac devices x86 for now keeps the natives from getting restless. I don't see the Mac brand going away, I just see an ARM based device encroaching on Mac OS's capabilities.
I don't think they would add a laptop to the iOS line because that means adding a mouse pointer and a many drivers for peripherals that iOS doesn't have.
Apparently mouse support isn't a problem, I haven't jail broken myself but that is what I hear. As for drivers, I understand, but Apple could take the same hard line attitude they currently have with iOS devices. You would still end up with a very salable device after all iPad sales have slowed. If the machine was so restricted I might be disinclined to buy one, it really depends upon the specifics. In any event there appears to be a big market for these "Internet" devices.
Plus, I believe Tim when he says they aren't going to do what MS did with the Surface by trying to create a "no compromise" device that is nothing but a compromise.
It is only a compromise if you believe it to be so! For many it would be another iOS device with additional capabilities. Very much an improved device.
The simplest and best solution of the two is to make OS X work on ARM and update their IDE to allow for compiling Mac apps for ARM.
In a way I could agree with this as I would absolutely love an ARM based, Mac OS, laptop. Obviously any technical restrictions are fading away real fast as ARM development continues. The problem I see is one of marketing and minimizing consumer confusion. It would be years before ARM would be good enough to replace all the x86 chips in Apples lineup, as such having two architectures supporting the same OS would be problematic. It would be far easier to extend iOS with more professional features.
That said, even simpler would be to continue using Intel chips even though they can save a lot of money with an ARM-based solution, but they could have saved a lot by not using the $250+ Intel chips in every Mac they've sold.
Well that is an idea that is something to consider. I just don't see Apple going this route for performance reasons. Let's face it Mac Book AIRs would be less inviting than they are now with significantly slower hardware. The line has matured into a very nice laptop.
The Mini is perhaps the place where Apple could best put this idea to work, as an entry level machine the base Mini should be cheap. That would allow Apple to add real differential between the base model and the up sell model. The one frustrating thing with the Mini is that there isn't a huge performance gap between the entry machine and the high performance one even though there is a huge price differential. I was actually hoping to see them address this in a Haswell based Mini by now. In this case the high performance machine would come with Iris Pro, for all I care the base machine could stay with the current series of processors.
In any event pulled the thread off track there! I really think Apple has a lot of options when it comes to ARM based devices. I think the least likely is the device I would most want, that would be an ARM based Mac OS laptop with no restrictions. Given that some modest tweaks to iOS could make for a very interesting machine.