Originally Posted by wizard69
i see little value in this bit of software for most developers, especially if they are already developing with XCode. XCode is already setup to cross compile to different architectures which is basically what you are doing whe you write an iOS app. If you want you can generate bit code.
The problem is this can they really generate effcient bitccode from i86 code suitable for retarder ting other hardware. I suppose it would work if you had no oerfect choice, for example a legacy app where the developer no longer supports the code. For just about everything else generating your bitccode from C++ source code and then from there to the hardware makes far more sensemble.
So it sounds like we are in agreement here.
I'm convinced that Apple has ARM based development platforms running Mac OS/X right now. So again we seem to be in agreement. The question then becomes what is the purpose of this hardware (other than keeping the code base portable). I would think the primary purpose would be to keep pressure on Intel. Let's face it A7 isn't far at all from being able to take on Intel in the portables space including more traditional laptops. Moving to ARM isn't a technical problem anymore but rather a marketing one.
We're totally in the agreement! )
On the marketing side of things, Apple, like no one else, can justify beautifully their product decisions! (Can't innovate anymore my ass - Phil ))) )
Regarding their own SoC, I think (or probably hope) that they have something up their sleeve! A8 with "desktop" features, like memory controller, PCIe based storage, higher cpu and frequency, something fancy in terms of graphics, based on latest PowerVR stuff, which would be suitable for the "desktop" - notebook!
Anyway based on your posting history, you surely know much more about these technicalities than me.