Tiernan Ray of Barrons, reporting on Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek’s August 2nd research note:
Misek thinks MacBook “Pro” models and Mac desktops will stick with the current software and Intel (INTC) processors in order to maximize 64-bit application compatibility, but that they, too, will switch over to an iOS platform by 2016.
I think he meant to write “will switch over to an ARM platform by 2016” as Peter said in the actual research note:
We expect Macbook Pro notebooks and Mac desktops to remain on Intel 64-bit chips until 2016.
But either way, he expects Apple’s transition to ARM-based chips to last 3-4 years? That’s crazy talk. When Apple starts the switch in late 2012 or early 2013, it’ll finish within a year — just like the Intel transition. Doing anything else is asking for trouble.
(If you’re interested, here’s something I wrote back in March about Apple and ARM.)