Apple Inc. is preparing to announce a shift to its own main processors in Mac computers, replacing chips from Intel Corp., as early as this month at its annual developer conference, according to people familiar with the plans.
It’s uncanny how similar the explanation could be for the PowerPC-to-Intel transition: vastly superior performance-per-watt, and Apple has ideas for future Macs that they can’t build without that superior performance-per-watt.
Will Apple release ARM based Macs this year? I hope so, I think the upside is huge. We’ll lose things like VMware and other x86 based applications which will be sad, but if it brings better performance and longer battery life, I’m all for it.