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With apple designing their own processors for their iDevices (iPod, iPhone and more recently the A5X on the iPad 3) It sparked a curiosity about their future computers. Will they ever stop using intel and go with their own processors in things like the Macbook Air/ Pro?

asked Mar 07 '12 at 16:26

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They used to make them a long time ago, the Power PC CPU, and there are some small rumors going around that they will do it again. The major problem with making their own CPU's again is that all the apps currently available have to be re-written or re-compiled to the new CPU Code.

Also Intel is one of the biggest in CPU's and it's only real competition is AMD. The company's biggest focus is purely on their CPU's and they are FAST! Apple currently (at least in my mind) has no reason to switch them.

I think that the only reason they make their own CPU for the iDevices is because they don't see it as a PC and have completely different intentions with them. Siri even has it's own separate chip-set (based on an article I read on MacRumors.com) to help with the converting of voice to text on the iPhone 4S.

answered Mar 07 '12 at 17:58

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Actually, the Power PC Processor was made from an Apple-IBM-Motorola alliance. Currently, you can find PPC Processors in Xbox 360s and the Nintendo Wii.

(Mar 08 '12 at 07:09) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

In the XBox 360? Wauw I thought those also used an Intel or AMD. Also didn't know about the whole Apple IBM and Moterola alliance, thanks for the info :)

(Mar 08 '12 at 13:32) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

xBox runs the PowerPC 970 CPU chip.

(Mar 08 '12 at 17:47) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

THe original XBox used an custom made version of the Intel Pentium 3 processor...

(Mar 11 '12 at 14:14) Lee Wood Lee%20Wood's gravatar image

The AIM alliance created the Power PC processor. AIM stands for Apple–IBM–Motorola. They where based on the IBMs Power.

IBM went to apple to ask for if they wanted on board, Apple then went to Motorola.

Motorola was the main produces of the PowerPC chips if not the only producer of them.

It is hard to say how much apple contributed to the design of the PowerPC.

answered Mar 07 '12 at 19:29

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Well I do know that IBM was the Manufacturer of the Power PC. The three went into making the power PC itself. IBM was the actual Manufacturer of the chip itself. I did a quick google search and came up with this from a WIkipedia that talks about the Power PC both the 32 bit and the 64 bit versions.


Apple used the Power pc in some of their line of Mac computers as well as earlier generations of Apple computer they had Motorola processors like in their Apple ][e. I used to have a Apple ][e when I was in high school over here that was using a motorola chip as the main processor.

Which line of Apple computer had the Power PC chip I don't know off hand from which date to which. I know my Mac Mini 2005 has the G4 processor which is a Power PC chip in there as an example.

(Mar 07 '12 at 21:10) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

i think they used to a long time ago?

answered Mar 07 '12 at 16:30

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on a side note i think i heard something about apple looking to move away from Intel to ARM processors over the next couple of years? anyone else hear that?

answered Mar 07 '12 at 19:39

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many companies are.. but intel is looking at the arms...

(Mar 07 '12 at 20:45) trueb trueb's gravatar image

There have been small rumors about that, it would requiere a second major overhaul like the switch from PowerPC to Intel and I don't think that that is what they want.

If they're going to do it they will probably (purely my thought) find a way to convert all Intel apps to ARM apps.

(Mar 08 '12 at 02:25) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

Well, not exactly computer grade CPUs but their current devices use custom made CPUs, yet still by Samsung.

answered Mar 08 '12 at 04:34

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Billy Aoki

I think they will. theyre making them for their mobile devices. So maybe eventually for computers.

answered Mar 11 '12 at 03:20

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I do not think they will. I think at MOST, they will have special chips that intel will make only for use by Apple.

answered Mar 12 '12 at 16:26

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