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Originally Posted by nht View Post

Which is why multi-core benchmarks single-core benchmarks are both available.  The numbers posted are all 64 bit multi-core benchmarks.

In any case single core performance is still key to how snappy a machine feels since some things cannot be parallelized effectively.
True for some apps and some operating system functions. However multithreaded apps are very common these days and if the balance of your app usage revolves around those types of apps cores count.

No it wouldn't make for a passible iMac or even passable Mini.
That depends upon what you call passable and what advantage a desktop memory system would give them. As it is A7 is faster than many of Intels Atoms which have gone into a number of notebooks and low cost platforms. This in a chip running at a low clock rate with a narrow path to memory. We really don't know what the max clock rate is on this chip. So you can't dismiss passable, especially if it knocks 2-300 dollars off the price of a Mini. The A7 is effectively Core 2 Dou performance which is nothing to sneeze at right now in a cell phone.

Of course it can't compete with top of the line Intel hardware, but Apple doesn't stick top of the line Intel hardware in its low cost machines anyways.
 The performance delta between the Core i5 and the A7 is large whether on a processor or core basis.  The Core i3 edu iMac is nothing to write home about and an ARM based Mac even slower.
In an iMac I wouldn't expect A7 to be running at cell phone clock rates. For the desktop they could double the clock rate and widen memory to effectively double performance. They could also throw more cores at the SoC all while remaining power competitive.

If a desktop A7 or A8 was to show up in a Mini at half the cost of the current machine I'd go for it. Sometimes cost is an overwhelming factor in a purchase though you still want good performance. Frankly the whole point of the Mini is low cost headless. So when I consider the Mini cost is a significant factor. I suspect this is a common consideration considering how many Minis are sold for HTPCs and similar "embedded" uses.

Honestly though a souped up AppleTV with an App Store, has a certain appeal to it. It would certainly be an alternative to the Mini for many of these "embedded" uses. This would only work if Apple pulled head from ass and smartened up as to how apps can handle files. I could find numerous uses for an AppleTV with at least two USB ports and one TB port and the ability to install apps.