Apple May Abandon Intel X86 in Favor of ARM

There was lots of bickering on the original of this post, on Google Plus, but the idea is past due. The x86 architecture chips Intel makes are grossly inefficient compared to ARM designs for most PC tasks, and ARM chips are powerful enough that a Windows, Linux, or Mac OS running on these chips could be just as fast as Intel for most users while providing true all day battery life in a thinner and lighter design.

In a few years, the ARM architecture will power chips that can replace Intel x86 chips in almost every application. Intel should be very worried. Unless they come up with an order of magnitude performance boost or power efficiency in short order, they’ll lose their central place in the CPU world.

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