Discuss: Apple Announces ARM-based Macs

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June 24, 2020 at 05:12:26
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Apple intends to eventually replace its entire Mac line-up with ARM-based chips instead of Intel. Discuss here if you think this is a good idea, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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June 24, 2020 at 05:33:54
Weren't we here a long time ago; when Apple used non Intel architecture?

They were't to Intel (I thought) to cut costs at least?

There Intel platform allows Mac users to use Windows OS as well (Bootcamp etc.). Presumably that will no-longer be so?

Unless a things's broke why the need to fix it; or in this case change it if is/was working OK as is?

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June 24, 2020 at 07:28:53
One thing's for sure. Anyone who buys a Mac before the release of the ARM-based ones is a fool. I've been bitten that way before. Not again.

I'll be waiting until at least the third generation of the new ones before I add to my collection of Macs.

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June 24, 2020 at 11:59:41
I tend to echo ijack here... Buying a new ARM system is likely to be not a wise move when they arrive. Better to wait for bugs to be sorted out first...

Problem of course is that software written for that generation of Macs may not work on the earlier Intel systems?

If that be so then Apple has dropped a mass of Intel systems in the doodoo...; as it's unlikely there will be many more updates to that software once ARM arrives?

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June 25, 2020 at 23:00:18
The company reportedly has at least three ARM-based Mac processors in development based on the next iPhone’s A14 chip as part of Apple’s “Kalamata” project.

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June 29, 2020 at 01:11:29
I wonder if it will even have fans. iPad Pro doesn't...

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June 29, 2020 at 07:31:56
Just as an observation on Apple making changes:
I recently read an article, that predicts, that when Apple launches the new IPhone they will be sold without chargers & ear buds. Both items will be sold separately.


Not going to make people happy.



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June 29, 2020 at 07:34:00
No ear buds makes sense. But, unless Apple change the habit of a lifetime and use a standard charger, not supplying a charger would just be silly.

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June 29, 2020 at 09:04:40
Don't most current iphones use the usb/lighting cable to charge etc.? Certainly my 5S does and according to Apple-land info the 11 uses lighting port too?

So as per Mike's comment, as long as the 12 or whatever it's called uses the same port, not shipping with a genuine Apple cable may not be a real issue? Just about everyone has a usb charger one way of another be it an AC outlet adapter, a charging hub, or a laptop?

Where it may become an issue is if Apple fudge their new kit so that "only" an Apple supplied/sold cable is used then the 12 won't charge or allow other options too? A lot of alleged Apple compatible, genuine Apple branded/approved cables don't always work with all the designated Apple kit. And even some parts (used in repairs by non Apple repair centres) have been found to fall foul of some fudge used by Apple to dissuade owners from not going to Apple-land for repairs...

Ear buds - no great loss for me personally as I don't use them; but I can see where that might be an issue for the "must have the latest toys" brigade?

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June 30, 2020 at 21:16:56
I see the new hype coming..... sighh..

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June 30, 2020 at 23:29:07
Surely not... the addicts who love to queue (line up) for hours (days?) outside the store to be the first with the latest Apple gadget, don’t need the hype. They’re already addicted...?

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