In the not too distant future, your Mac might be powered by a processor normally reserved for smartphones and tablets. Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that “Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops” and suggests it could be only a couple of years before the most valuable company on the planet drops Intel’s (INTC) processors. Earlier this year, an Apple (AAPL) intern purportedly revealed that the company was working on porting OS X to prototype Macs running ARM processors. While it’s debatable whether or not next-gen ARM processors are powerful enough to run OS X, while reducing heat at the same time, Google (GOOG) and Samsung (005930) have already jumped onboard behind the ARM-powered Chromebook. It’s worth bearing in mind that the $249 Chromebook running Chrome OS is mostly just a Web browser and therefore an ARM processor is more than adequate.
Apple recently found itself fielding criticism for its decision to remove a number of its products from the EPEAT environmental rating system. The Cupertino-based company on Friday, however, reversed its decision. “We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT,” Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield said. “It’s important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever.” The executive goes on to explain that Apple’s relationship with EPEAT has become even stronger and the company “looks forward to working with EPEAT as their rating system and the underlying IEEE 1680.1 standard evolve.” Apple’s public letter from Mansfield follows below. More →
Blog SemiAccurate has published an interesting article stating that Apple intends to move its desktop and laptop computer systems from the Intel x86 architecture to ARM-based architecture in the semi-near future. “The short story is that Apple is moving the laptop line, and presumably desktops too, to ARM based chips as soon as possible,” reads the posting. “With A15/Eagle allowing more than 32-bit memory access, things look up, but it seems silly to do so before the full 64 bit cores come in the following generation. […] Think mid-2013. At that point, Apple can move to ARM without worrying about obsoleting code with an ISA [instruction set architecture] that is on the verge of changing, and no memory overhead worries either.” Apple’s iOS line of products are powered by ARM silicon. The publication cites “moles” as the source of the information — moles that have provided accurate intel (pun intended) about Apple’s manufacturing component choices in the past. Will Apple shift desktop architectures yet again? Will we get to see more commercials featuring barbecued moon men? Time will tell. More →
One of our connects just hit us up with some intriguing Apple information. According to them, what you see detailed above is a shot of Apple’s yearly Black Friday deals. It’s reported to be something Apple will email out shortly. This time around, it looks as if Apple will be offering up to 30% off on all iPods (Update: excluding iPhone and iPod shuffle, sorry), up to 25% off Macs, and up to 15% off all accessories as well as Apple software and hardware. The deal is only good for the day of November 27th and if that’s not good enough, “select” Apple stores will open at 6AM. This is unconfirmed but it doesn’t seem too unrealistic. Thoughts?