Apple prepping A8-powered MacBook Air for 2014 release?

“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

34 Comments

  1. I think that there is a possibility Apple would replace the whole pipeline with their own processor in the future. Then what will the relationship with Intel go? It is great that they make the most efficient, proper brain. But is it only me to think that Apple seems more closed their platform?

  2. Call me skeptical. I don’t really want to transition to another chip set. I lost a lot of game programs I liked when Apple went from PowerPC to Intel. That was an amazingly good transition with Apple providing a weird but functional way to run PowerPC apps on Intel chips. But then they dropped that compatibility layer (for understandable reasons). But these transitions did cause a bunch of software to become obsolete.

    They’d have to have an extremely efficient (fast and not power hungry) way to convert instructions for Intel to their ARM chip. Or people would need to buy whole new libraries of software. Those of us who rely on programs from Adobe remember the pain of running Power PC Photoshop on Intel. Hell, we still don’t have all the software features the PowerPC had (variations?). And don’t give me Pixelmater. Nice for what it does, but it lacks a lot of what PS and AI do. And when you need to trade files with others, you need things to work cross platform. Also, they’d need to replace their whole line. Who wants two sets of software depending on which computer you happen to be using?

  3. Maybe Derek will read this…

    An AMD/ARM combo chip could be made.
    Remember, the AMD runs PC stuff, BUT it’s a RISC chip, NOT CISC.
    So, one more time. To run FCPX, or some other heavy duty thing, you’re not going to run it on an A7.
    I really do think Apple needs ONE chip to run ALL it’s software
    Nobody wants “Rosseta” software.
    If you run on an AMD/ARM chip, there is NO NEED for that.
    Apple has hired at least one person from AMD. Gee, I wonder what that guy’s up to?
    Btw, MDN showed a picture of a double screened MacBook.
    I believe it was from an Apple patent.
    If anyone knows how I can find that, PLEASE help.
    I saw it, now I can’t find it. It looked cool.

  4. Hi Mark
    It’s interesting that Apple are taking this route, I know the chips in iPhones and iPads have been hugely powerful in recent years to the point of possibly being considered too powerful (did I just say that) so it makes sense that they would include them in the MacBook Air for ultra-thinness. I wonder how the apps will perform as they will be moving from an Intel to ARM processors, what do you think?
    Best wishes
    Brian

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