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The switch from x86 to ARM for their entire computing line -- if it happens, as has been rumored -- will be what closes the door on power users.



What is Apple going to use for their own work? Their developers and designers are power users.

It's certainly possible that the Macbook Air would switch to ARM in the next few years, but until you can write software for an iPad on an iPad, there's no getting away from OS X and serious processors.

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Why?

What makes an architecture (ARM) more suited "for the elite" than another slightly more complex architecture (x86)?

If anything, power users can just recompile their open-source software for ARM and that will be that.

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I see your pun: since ARM uses less power the power users will in fact not be power users anymore!

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