ARM-Based MacBook Air Unlikely Based on Analyst Talk with Tim Cook

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Last year we reported some interesting rumors concerning Apple’s plans on the ARM (A5) based MacBook Air. The ARM processor is the same one that is used in the iPhone and iPad. An ARM-based MacBook Air, however, would raise a number of questions about what kind of device it might actually be. The use of ARM processor would allow reducing power requirements, but with a corresponding drop in computing power.

Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner who was able to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer on Thursday reports:

"Tim Cook reiterated his view that rapid innovation on the iOS platform (and mobile OS platforms in general) will significantly broaden the use case for tablets, eventually pushing annual tablet volumes above those of traditional PCs. We have wondered whether Apple might offer an ARM-based version of MacBook Air at some point; we walked away from this meeting with the impression that Apple feels iPad satisfies--or will soon satisfy--the needs of those who might have been interested in such a product."

Gardner believes that the iPad will evolve to meet any needs that might be met with an ARM-based MacBook air. Moreover, recent rumors suggest that the next-generation iPad would receive a significant upgrade with a faster processor, improved graphics capabilities and the long rumored Retina display.

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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, February 6, 2012. 14:50

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