Will Apple use AMD's new Fusion APUs in its future products?

Will Apple use AMD's new Fusion APUs in its future products?

Summary: Here's the latest rumor for Apple fanboys and haters to work themselves into a lather over. A source close to AMD is confirming a report that Apple will use AMD's Fusion processors in some upcoming products.

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Here's the latest rumor for Apple fanboys and haters to work themselves into a lather over. A source close to AMD is confirming a report that Apple will use AMD's Fusion processors in some upcoming products.

Such a move would break Intel's lock on providing processors for Apple, and be a major boon to AMD. The company already supplies Radeon graphics cards for the latest iMacs, but this would be the first time the tech giant would use AMD processors to power its systems.

Fusion features APUs, or Accelerated Processing Units, so called because they combine a CPU and GPU on a single chip. The first Fusion chips will released for laptops and could wind up in a new MacBook or MacBook Pro if they provide the type of graphics performance and battery life that AMD is promising. (More info here.)

Apple of course almost never responds to such reports and tries to avoid information leaks as much as possible, so don't expect much more than idle speculation about this rumor until the Macworld conference rolls around in January.

[Via Fudzilla]

Topics: Processors, Apple

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  • RE: Will Apple use AMD's new Fusion APUs in its future products?

    It's great for AMD, it's good to have competition because better competition drives more innovation. I am happy with Radeon HD 5850 that came with my HP Envy 17 :)
    shellcodes_coder
  • RE: Will Apple use AMD's new Fusion APUs in its future products?

    Speaking of AMD Fusion, I wonder when it will be commercially available for PCs?
    statuskwo5
  • Great that we have had AMD all these years, and I hope that Apple does use

    AMD processors. Putting the GPU on the same chip with the CPU is the wave of the future.
    DonnieBoy
  • The model for Arm processors is much better where the design is licensed,

    so that everybody can make combinations as desired. All of the different combos made by the different ARM system-on-a-chip manufacturers is quite amazing, and something we do not have (and should have) in the PC industry.
    DonnieBoy
    • I think OSX can run on ARM

      But isn't part of the goodness of the Mac the fact that it can run Windows (and thus Windows programs)?
      Michael Alan Goff
      • It would be very interesting for Apple to sell an Arm based MacBook that

        ran iOS or OSX. They could really undercut Windows laptops on price, but, still have very good margins. Similar to how the iPad undercuts the price of Windows tablets.
        DonnieBoy
      • I'd like that

        But we've seen the marketshare (globally) of OSX decline. I also don't think that Apple has a touchscreen laptop, nor do I think they would sell it cheaply. Remember... this is the company that will sell you the newest macbook air for 1,000. It comes with hardware that makes the Macbook look like the big winner.

        They don't do low priced, not even when it makes sense.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Well, Apple sells the iPad at a very aggressive price, partly because their

        costs are so low. So, if they could produce an Arm based Mac with dual core A4 chip very cheaply, they could offer a much better price than Windows Laptops since their costs would be so much lower. The beauty is they could maintain their high margins.
        DonnieBoy
      • When it happens

        We'll see how good OSX runs on ARM.

        If it's a good enough price, I might even be able to get one.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • I am sure that OSX would run great on a dual-core Arm, 4 GB of memory.

        But, there will also eventually be quad-core Arm running at 2GHz. And, Apple can make their own Arm chips . . . . . . . .
        DonnieBoy
      • The best thing about Apple moving to ARM will be

        that it will be unique again. When it moved to Intel, it stopped being so special.

        Another thing is that Apple could really help ARM mature and force Intel to try to be competitive again.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • Apple is committed to controlling its own destiny.

    Gruber, daringfireball.net, has talked a few times about Apple moves that indicate their approach is to remain hardware agnostic. They've shown themselves to be expert at porting things (OS X was running on Intel in the lab for years before they made the move), so moving as many of their products to a place where they can run on whatever "bare metal" is best suited (on price, performance, sourcing, etc) to the overall strategy seems like a no-brainer.
    matthew_maurice
    • Well, it will be very interesting if Apple made Arm based Macs. That sure

      would send shock waves through the industry. Apple could offer very aggressive prices, and still have great performance and much better battery life. Most of all they would still have great margins.
      DonnieBoy
      • RE: Will Apple use AMD's new Fusion APUs in its future products?

        @DonnieBoy

        I don't know. Their RISC processors were "better" than Intel's x86 but it seriously limited them because if you needed to run Windows and Windows programs, which a lot of Mac users still do, it was very slow and cumbersome due to the loss of performance in emulation. I think OSX, at least in the near term, will continue to run on x86/64 and iOS will continue to target other platforms.

        Fusion should give Arm a real run for its money too.
        LiquidLearner
      • Well, all of Apples applications would be a simple re-compile for the Arm

        architecture. Of course the problem would be everybody else would have to also re-compile OSX applications. You would NOT be able to dual boot Windows of course.

        But, the advantage of much cheaper, and longer batter life could be irresistable and out weigh the other factors.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Will Apple use AMD's new Fusion APUs in its future products?

        @DonnieBoy
        It'll be PowerPC all over again.
        ZackCDLVI
  • APPLE WILL NEVER BETRAY INTEL

    You guys are obviously irrational AMD lovers, or maybe just incompetent? Intel paid Dell ONE BILLION DOLLARS in a single year just to keep Dell from buying a single AMD processor! Even HP refused to accept 10,000 FREE cpus from AMD for fear of upsetting Intel! <br><br>So, now that Apple has taken Dell's place as the premier computer manufacturer, you can bet that Intel is paying Apple billions under the table for exclusivity.<br><br>It might not be legal or ethical, but... I guess it must seem like "business as usual" for Intel.
    RichardEich
    • RE: Will Apple use AMD's new Fusion APUs in its future products?

      @mgcguy Just like Apple will never betray PowerPC.
      Bill4
    • Apple will never betray Apple

      @mgcguy Anyone else, including a lot of customers if need be, they'll throw under a bus as soon as they become inconvenient. For all their shiny, happy "Think Different" and "I'm a Mac" posturing, Apple execs (especially the one at the Top) are some of the coldest MoFos in the industry.
      matthew_maurice
    • Apple DID reject Atom for tablets and went with Arm for longer battery life

      lower heat, and still great performance.
      DonnieBoy