Future of Rhino - ARM you ready to Jump?

Dunno, but RiscOS is discontinued. And RISC OS is just a completely different beast, meaning a huge porting effort would have to be undertaken, not to mention that core technology like .NET does not exist on it.

thanks @nathanletwory i think i was just dumb and did not read or lets say see what was written, yes that makes sense, i thought i had read and understood it as Risc Architecture before, now reading OS for the first time, i am beginning to think that i am getting old.

talks about the possibility of ARM taking over in Apple computers.

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Dunno, in that sense they have killed the Mac already several times. It all started on a Motorola (CISC), then PowerPC (a RISC processor, just like ARM) before chosing the Intel chips (CISC). It sounds more like they can’t make up their minds with a move to ARM (RISC).

Actually it all started with a MOS Processor. For me personally it started with Motorola… still have a G4 in an old PowerBook. One of the problems Motorola had, was not being able to produce the good sounding high frequency other processors had to offer. Or so it seemed to me. But those Motorolas could shuffle way more information, being less bottlenecked. Higher frequency also means more stress on the processor. The switch to Intel was a bit of a frowner, I am not a specialist and this may sound superstitious, but Intels never felt as smooth as Motorolas.

general fun fact:
while CISC is retronym due to the RISC processors arising, both these names are nowadays pretty rudimentary, since any kind of modern processor is in its core at least partially a RISC processor :wink:

so much for not being able to make up their minds :upside_down_face: and why should one not use the smartest technology available. Intel is just blasting it out, seriously… time to cool down.

seen here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AASFgpGFVkY

apple has hired a lead ARM chip designer just very recently, guys ARM you ready?

source · source · source

And Microsoft are reportedly working with Qualcomm, so one day your Prince may come:

“The interesting bit about the ARM Pro is that Microsoft is developing a custom SoC code-named Excalibur. Unlike previous attempts with ARM, I am told that Microsoft worked extremely closely with Qualcomm to build this chipset, based on their own specifications, to design a chip that would work better with Windows 10.”

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just a bit more detailed info i just found, which is actually out there for a while. must have missed it.
talks about something very important, how our software actually will run on arm

and something which seems interesting that apples arm processors are actually running ahead from qualcoms.


clock is ticking, there are many more rumours that ARM macbooks may surface this year.

ARM you ready?


But opennurbs (and rhino3dm) already can be compiled on the Raspberry Pi 4.

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that sounds like you have had some first hand experience :smiley:

Aye, I created a patch for opennurbs to build on my own RPi4 :slight_smile:

just some update, a bit info and hey it all looks like Rhino would have to be ported to run properly after all.


Dear People, as a couple of you may know already :partying_face:
Apple hast just dropped the pants revealing the big move.

They claim that transitioning an application may be a matter of a few days.

@marlin @dan and whomever it may concern, just in case you have missed today´s WWDC, Apple offers a Mac Mini with a new processor including development environment which one can apply for.

Apple wants to present their own applications recompiled till autumn, meaning that the first Macs will be probably available to the public then, since they want to switch all Macs in matters of 2 years.

I am thrilled in many ways!!!



Ah the final transition. I was quite surprised at all the work they have done to make the process so smooth. Seems like this will make doing an entire app experience on Apple devices much easier.

I hope the support on macOS continues as I appreciate the work you have all put in.


Hi -

We didn’t miss that, no, and are looking into information as it becomes available.


well i hope you are thrilled then as I am :see_no_evil:

actually all information is already available if i understood that correct. Apple provides a DTK including a computer equipped with an Apple Chip. which you can apply for here since yesterday.

Update from McNeel posted yesterday: Apple Silicon, macOS Big Sur, and Rhino for Mac

just a quick test as linked below. be sure to understand its just a transition kit. the real deal will be coming later this year, but i think that shows that if all the developers play ball this will be sublime and chill and silent fun to come.

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