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Apple working on ARM laptops?

Apple seems to be working on an ARM-based processor for the notebooks, which might get equipped with the next MacBook, however it’s not sure yet

There have been some speculations earlier that Apple might become loyal for the ARM processors as they are planning to design an ARM based notebook and the same topic has been raised again. According to Piper Jaffray, an analyst of Gus Richard has mentioned in a research note that, there have been a lot of data points that Apple’s processor design group is working on an ARM-based product for its notebook line.

He also adds that, it’s still not clear if this rumored device will ever go for production or not, but it is the highest probability risk to Intel from the ARM camp on the PC market.

As we know, ARM is a UK-based company that provides the basic design for chips which are equipped in most of the world’s Smartphones and tablets. The A5 chip used in Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, is mostly based on the ARM design. Along with that it is also expected that Apple might come up with an updated A series chip for their upcoming iPad.

The ARM chips are mainly designed to be power efficient and are more efficient than the Intel chips, however the Intel chips seems quite a better product performance wise.

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, earlier commented to a Citigroup analyst two weeks ago that Apple would be expanding the iPad line to meet the need for a notebook-like product. Although, we cannot relate Jaffray’s statement with this new line of device as he made clear in his comment that the ARM notebook project might not be getting into production.

Or are these comments pointing to the same product? For to get the answer to this question we will have to wait for a bit more time till the release of the next model of the MacBook line of notebooks.

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-02-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)