Canonical founder: Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip to shows very clear intent to converge iPhone and MacBook Air

“Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth believes that Apple intends to merge the Mac and iPhone,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET. “‘Apple was sending what we think is a very clear signal that it will converge the iPhone and the MacBook Air,’ Shuttleworth said in an interview with UK-based PC Pro, published Friday.”

Crothers reports, “The creator of the Ubuntu operating system expanded on what he believes Apple was thinking when it announced the 64-bit A7 processor: ‘People are saying yes, mobile processors are catching up with the desktop. When Apple announced the iPhone 5s, it called the processor ‘desktop-class,’ and I don’t think that was an accident — it was sending what we think is a very clear signal that it will converge the iPhone and the MacBook Air. There’s no point talking about the desktop performance of your CPU unless you plan to make a desktop device with that CPU.'”

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31 Comments

    1. Mark Shuttle worth has read my comments on MDN and decided to channel them as his own!!!
      How can I get him to cough up some of the dough he has made from it?

    2. What he’s saying really isn’t very far-fetched. Apple’s already handled CPU transitions in the Mac product line several times, and this one would mean a huge increase in battery life.

      -jcr

  1. “There’s no point talking about the desktop performance of your CPU unless you plan to make a desktop device with that CPU.’”

    That Apple would want to use it’s massive iOS user base as a way to coax users into it’s laptops and even desktops makes sense, but Apple has been talking about “desktop class” since the introduction of the original iPhone.

  2. More likely an iPad and a MacBook Air Hybrid. Desktop apps on a convertible iPad, or special touch oriented user interface, or slide out keyboard? God only knows, but they they have had years to think about what is right and are slowly pushing the technology forward to get everything in place to change everything yet again.

  3. I’d sure like to see an 64-bit A8 processor running OSX. Imagine the long battery life a notebook computer would have. I’d trade off overall processing power for battery life on a mobile device. I’d still want an Intel Haswell processor for a desktop because I can’t believe an ARM processor could be as powerful as a high-end Intel processor.

    1. You may say now that you would trade off processing power for battery life, but it’s far more frustrating watching spinning beach balls than it is finding a power outlet for a quick charge.

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