While all current Apple Mac computers run on Intel processors, a new rumor suggests that this might be changing. Apple has become heavily invested in its own processor designs in recent years and may be contemplating a move to unify all of its products under the ARM architecture type.
If this rumor proves true, this will be the third time that the Mac line switches architectures. The first change was from Motorola 68000 processors over to PowerPC, and then again in 2006 when the first Mac Intel machines started rolling out to consumers.
When is this supposed shift coming? Not for many years, possibly not until around 2017. While ARM processors might not hold a candle to high-end x86 processors, things could certainly be more evenly matched in five years, especially with 64-bit ARM processors just around the corner.
This really doesn’t seem that surprising, especially as tablets, smartphones and standard PCs continue to merge together. Even Microsoft broke tradition by supporting supporting ARM in a big way starting with Windows 8/RT. Intel may always be faster, but x86 devices have yet to match ARM when it comes to power-consumption.
With ARM continuing to grow, you have to wonder if this will open the door wide open for Google Android and Chrome desktop/laptop devices. Imagine a future where Google Android desktops run on 64-bit ARM processors with massive amounts of RAM and can do just about everything that we expect from a traditional desktop OS.
What do you think, is shifting to ARM on all types of computing devices just an inevitable evolution as the tech world continues to push towards mobile low-power designs or will Intel and X86 processors continue to dominate for “serious” home and business computing?