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We know that Apple’s ARM-based A5 processor runs like a champ inside the iPad 2 (and is likely heading to the next iPhone) -- but could it also someday soon be powering the likes of a MacBook Air as well?
MacRumors is reporting that Apple appears to have a MacBook Air in their labs that runs on an ARM-based A5 processor, presumably the same kind being used to power the current iPad 2. According to Japanese blog Macotakara, it’s unknown what operating system the experimental system was running, which was reportedly supplied from manufacturer Quanta Computer.
“An anonymous source told more information, Apple already made test equipment of Thunderbolt MacBook Air driven by A5 processor,” the Macotakara report reveals. “According to this source who saw live A5 MacBook Air actually, this test machine performed better than expected.”
Thunderbolt is widely expected to make an appearance in a refresh of the diminutive MacBook Air soon, following its introduction on the latest MacBook Pro and iMac models earlier this year.
More interesting about this new report is that it comes only weeks after rumors that Apple could be planning a transition from Intel to ARM processors, at least for the company’s laptops. That report was mostly dismissed given that ARM processors “presently offer significantly lower performance than their Intel counterparts,” not to mention that Cupertino isn’t likely to attempt another major processor shift so soon.
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(Image courtesy of MacRumors)