“Qualcomm today announced that it is working with Microsoft to bring support for Windows 10 its Snapdragon line of processors,” Chance Miller writes for 9to5Mac. “The Snapdragon chips have primarily been used in mobile devices and the support for Windows 10 is a first for ARM-based processors.”

“This brings the question, why isn’t Apple working to bring macOS support to its Ax line of processors?” Miller writes. “Or is it working on it as we speak?”

“A variety of benefits would come with a switch to ARM processors for macOS,” Miller writes. “One, such a switch would provide a greater control over security for Apple, an area that is becoming increasingly important with the addition of things like Apple Pay and Touch ID… Apple would also have a greater control over the development of new processors should it switch to an in-house Ax design. Apple currently works to Intel’s timetable when it comes to adopting new processors in the Mac lineup. Using a custom processor, like it does with iOS devices, would allow Apple to update processor technology on its own schedule.”

Miller writes, “Last but certainly not least, the switch to ARM-based processors in the Mac would likely bring a variety of improvements to battery life.”

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MacDailyNews Take: There is also the issue of cost. Apple could reduce the price of Macs by using their own A-series processors and could therefore reduce the prices of Macs – bringing Macintosh to more people – while retaining healthy margins.

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


There is no reason why Apple could not offer both A-series-powered Macs and Intel-based Macs. The two are not mutually exclusive…MacDailyNews, January 14, 2015

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