“And it’s true, the Mac is no stranger to a processor transition,” Snell writes. “It’s happened three times in the 32-year life of the Mac, so roughly once a decade.”
“Having proven itself a capable chip designer with the A series, Apple could very well dump Intel and strike out on its own. But I don’t think Apple will,” Snell writes. “There are lots of arguments against Apple making ARM-based Macs. None of them are deal-breakers, but they all accumulate to suggest that making a break from Intel chips would be a painful transition.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Too much work for a platform Apple sees as a low volume “truck” compared to iOS devices? We shall see. What’s the sense of having $200+ billion if you’re not going to push the envelope? In fact, forget the cash pile: What’s the sense of being Apple if you’re not going to push the envelope?
There is no reason why Apple could not offer both A-series-powered Macs and Intel-based Macs. The two are not mutually exclusive…
iOS devices and OS X Macs inevitably are going to grow closer over time, not just in hardware, but in software, too:
Think code convergence (more so than today) with UI modifications per device. A unified underlying codebase for Intel, Apple A-series, and, in Apple’s labs, likely other chips, too (just in case). This would allow for a single App Store for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users that features a mix of apps: Some that are touch-only, some that are Mac-only, and some that are universal (can run on both traditional notebooks and desktops as well as on multi-touch computers like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and – pretty please, Apple – Apple TV). Don’t be surprised to see Apple A-series-powered Macs, either. — MacDailyNews Take, January 9, 2014
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