“Apple’s A7 Processor found in the iPad Air and iPhone 5S is a stunning achievement amongst mobile processors,” Mark Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “There is no chipset in its class and the industry knows it. Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and nVIDIA all scrambling to play catchup. But for all its current achievements, the future glory of Apple’s A-series processors is likely to be found in what Steve Jobs described as ‘trucks’ — that is — desktops and laptops running OS X.”
“Apple heaping praise on its own A7 was not just an iPad Air promotion, it was Apple tipping their hat to the future plans of their Mac lineup. Looking at it another way, it’s a roadmap that has Intel nowhere to be found in Apple’s long-term future,” Reschke writes. “A next generation, all-new, MacBook Air is the most logical starting point for Apple to launch an A8 Mac… Apple’s ARM processors allow for easy heat dissipation, which delivers the MacBook Air a razor thin base, feeling as if it’s not much more than a keyboard with a bit of battery weight. The new A8 MacBook Air will simply be an amazingly thin and lightweight Mac, with battery life no one in the industry will be able to reach.”
“Apple should be able to deliver this revolutionary MacBook Air starting around $799 USD, with iLife and iWork apps ported and running natively right out of the box, with hundreds of thousands of iOS apps waiting in the wings,” Reschke writes. “Expect Apple to launch the all-new MacBook Air by August, only a few short months after its announcement at WWDC.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’ll take several, please!
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