“It’s ‘inevitable’ that Apple will merge its Mac and iOS devices at some point, but such a change is not expected to happen for years, in the eyes of one industry watcher,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee said in a note to investors on Tuesday that he believes it will take Apple some time to optimize its Mac OS X operating system for the ARM processors currently found in the iPad and iPhone,” Hughes reports. “In his view, making Apple’s entire product line based on custom-built ARM-based processors would simplify the architecture of its devices, and also help to create a more seamless experience for users.”

Hughes reports, “Monday’s report also suggested a change to ARM processors is not likely to take place ‘in the next few years.’ But it also portrayed a [shift] to proprietary chip designs as an ‘inevitable’ shift for the company in the future.”

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