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ARM not ready for Apple's MacBooks, analysts said

Agam Shah, IDG News Service | May 12, 2011
Apple's possible move from Intel x86 chips to ARM processors for its MacBooks is feasible, but not practical over the next few years because of technical and performance issues, analysts said this week.

If Apple moves to ARM on its MacBooks, one of the top reasons would be to unite all its devices under a single architecture, but that likely won't happen in the short term, analysts said.

"In general, x86 will continue to have a performance advantage, but this advantage can be mitigated through the normal course of development and some hardware trickery on the ARM side," Endpoint's Kay said.


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