Apple Initially Planned AMD Chip for MacBook Air
Some of the close sources of Apple revealed that Apple at first planned to use AMD Llano APU for their next generation Ultrabooks but unfortunately it did not happen due to some reasons and finally mounted the Intel Sandy Bridge.
Why did Apple reject the AMD Llano in the MacBook Air?
It is believed that Apple would have dismissed the Llano APU for two reasons:
- The failure of AMD for volume production and
- The poor performance of the CPU
Hence Apple has ultimately decided on Intel’s ultra-low voltage Sandy Bridge processors.
Apple is eagerly waiting for the release of Ivy Bridge
The other reason behind Apple choosing Intel is to benefit from the chipmaker’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors slated for next year. Ivy Bridge is expected to combine with several GPU improvements, including OpenCL compatibility and updated OpenGL support, with Intel’s highly efficient 22nm tri-gate transistor design. This will probably allow Apple to both improve performance while cutting power drain and to efficiently increase the battery life.
ARM based prototype of MacBook Air
Apple even apparently has MacBook Air prototypes with ARM-based processors somewhere inside its Cupertino headquarters, so the fact is that an alternate x86 prototype exists is really no revelation.