will be Years before they are replaced, it would be a bad move for apple , as intel chips are far superior and reliable, know one comes close to their reputable, top of the line products, take this dip as a buying opportunity in the morning when the nervous nellies, sell on impulse, another gift.
The sad thing is that Intel cannot catch up with ARM. They are nowhere in sight in the rear view mirror. Tablet computing is in the early stage of development. Watch in the next 5 years and see what will happen
Next week hype line will read "Apple Ditching Arm". Think about it with Android ripping market share away, Samsung marriage over, and Intel having superior chips and roadmap- Apple clearly has more to lose.
While Apple is now committed to Intel in computers and is unlikely to switch in the next few years, some engineers say a shift to its own designs is inevitable as the features of mobile devices and PCs become more similar, two people said.
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And if Apple can’t design ARM-based chips that are far more powerful than current models, the company would likely need to stay with Intel to satisfy Mac power users, who need lots of computing performance for tasks such as developing software or doing high-end graphics.
The notion of a single instruction set across all devices makes sense. However NO ONE is able to make CPUs at every level of performance, power efficiency and price range as well as Intel, and Intel has the huge advantage of running MAC OS software natively. It is more likely Apple would dump ARM and go x86 across all its products.