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Apple's call to ARM

Computerworld's Seth Weintraub speculates that Apple will choose ARM processors for a rumored upcoming tablet or netbook, versus an Intel processor of the same caliber.

He cites several reasons, including the acquisition of PA Semi, cost, size, and power efficiency as evidence of the likelihood that Apple will use an ARM processor over an Intel one. ARM processors, he argues, are getting powerful enough to rival their Intel counterparts as Intel chips become more efficient to rival their ARM counterparts.

Weintraub spoke with Bob Morris, director of platform enablement for ARM's mobile processor group, who said that two ARM-powered netbooks will hit store shelves in 2009, both probably running the Android operating system.

Since we know OS X already works with the ARM architecture, it raises the question: What will this device be, a netbook or a tablet? Analyst Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research says Apple can't afford to ignore consumer clamor for dropping prices, and expects Apple to release a $600 netbook in the first half of next year. We'll see.

How about you? What would you prefer? Take our poll in the 2nd half of this post.

[Via MacDailyNews and O'Grady's PowerPage.]

What would you like to see Apple release in the next six months?
a sub-$600 netbook220 (30.6%)
an iPhone OS tablet113 (15.7%)
a Mac OS X tablet214 (29.8%)
a pony (whee! Ponies!)172 (23.9%)

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