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?
Answer by nitrocrime · Mar 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
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.
Answer by trueb · Mar 07, 2012 at 09:29 PM
The AIM alliance created the Power PC processor. AIM stands for Appleâ€“IBMâ€“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.
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