“When Apple abandoned its long-standing use of PowerPC chips in favor of those from Intel, Steve Jobs said, ‘It’s been 10 years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel’s technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next 10 years,'” Topher Kessler writes for CNET.

“Eight years have now passed since that moment, and recent developments suggest that Apple may abide by this statement and move to a new architecture within a few years,” Kessler writes. “But not only is Apple looking to new hardware, it is also preparing plans for its operating systems.”

Kessler writes, “Bloomberg is reporting that Bob Mansfield, Apple’s recently announced VP of Technologies, has been exploring new chip options in the wake of ‘ambitious plans for the future’ by Apple’s semiconductor teams… In addition to future hardware, Mansfeld is pursuing ‘melding iOS with the Mac OS to create a more uniform experience for all Apple devices,’ which, beyond hardware changes, suggests that more radical adjustments to the Mac OS are on their way.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Carl H.” for the heads up.]