Apple A10-powered Macs on the way? Decoding Apple’s WWDC 2016 media invitation

“If you think Apple’s been slow with Mac innovation you are not alone,” Mark Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “Outside of last years MacBook release, the entire lineup of Macs is well beyond aged, smelling less like a rose and more like limburger cheese.”

“Given Apple’s overall history, the company has methodically moved from aggressive innovator under Steve Jobs, to caretaker under Tim Cook. Thankfully, Apple’s press invitation to their June 13, worldwide developers conference gives new meaning to the word hope,” Reschke writes. “Surprisingly, the messages hidden within the invitation do not appear all that cryptic, so here is to breaking down what is hidden within the Terminal-esque media overture.”

WWDC 2016 Invitation
Apple’s WWDC 2016 Invitation

“Apple appears ready to take the wraps off all-new Mac hardware at WWDC, and with it a new OS X, soon to be renamed macOS to match the other operating systems in Apple’s line up,” Reschke writes. “Prepare for Apple to usher in macOS written for their new desktop class A10 Macs.”

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MacDailyNews Take: 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

Apple is a semiconductor powerhouse; expect the first ARM-based Macs to appear in 2016 – March 31, 2015
Apple’s blowout quarter predicted very accurately by same analyst who predicts ARM-based Macs – January 28, 2015
Five barriers that might keep Apple from moving Macs to custom ARM chips – January 16, 2015
Apple A-series-powered Macs are not only feasible, they may be inevitable – January 15, 2015
Why Apple dumping Intel processors would be disastrous – January 14, 2015
KGI: Apple is designing its own processors for Mac – January 14, 2015
Apple A9-powered MacBook Air? – December 16, 2014
Why Apple will switch to ARM-based Apple A-series-powered Macs – August 27, 2014
Intel-powered Macs: The end is nigh – August 4, 2014
Intel’s Broadwell chips further delayed; not shipping for most Macs until early-mid 2015 – July 9, 2014
Apple will inevitably drop Intel for their own A-series processors in the Mac – June 26, 2014
How long before Apple dumps Intel from MacBook Air? – June 26, 2013


  1. An Apple Surface RT? What a stupid idea.

    A-series chips are simply never going to be idealized for power users. NEVER. It is first and foremost designed for battery-limited portable devices. For any serious power computing, input power limitations are nonexistent and therefore the best chipset need not be hamstrung by unnecessary constraints.

    No matter what Apple is able to accomplish with an A-series chip in the near future, Intel already has something that is less efficient which will blow it out of the water.

    You know, because some people actually do need to drive trucks.

    1. So, Apple has been able to best all the other mobile chip manufacturers since the 2010 release of the A4…. What makes you think they can’t beat Intel at their own game since they do that all the time? The PA semi team has designed the most efficient and simultaneously powerful mobile chipsets in the world, you don’t think they can do that for desktops if they wanted to?

      You’re talking about a company that bested every phone manufacturer in the world, and every computer manufacturer several times when they all said “pc guys aren’t just going to walk in here and figure this out”

      If there’s one thing we know as Apple customers it’s that we are at the forefront of the future, and accept change. If you think Apple hasn’t been figuring out how to beat Intel at their own game for the last decade you’re out of your mind… That’s Apple’s mo, partner with someone until they figure out how to beat them, and then release a product to beat them.

      1. I don’t recall Apple ever saying that they couldn’t design a better chipset than Intel.

        Of course, that’s not what Apple is doing, is it? Apple doesn’t make Broadcom communications chips, nor LG displays, nor Samsung hard drives, nor thousands of other Mac internals that “operations genius” Cook long ago decided to outsource.

        And it’s not just design — look at the market demands. Let’s not forget that ~90-95% of the world’s professional and productivity software still runs on Intel chips. So even if Apple somehow found a way to replace Intel with a lower cost or higher performance/value CPU, Apple would still run headlong into the problem of degraded system performance because of emulation and/or virtualization complexity.

        Then look at manufacturing capacity. Despite the constant IP theft, Cook still relies heavily on Samsung for A-series chipset production. He hasn’t located a foundry with the capacity to replace Intel’s chip production with any other performance CPU. Nor has he investing in internal manufacturing despite sitting on a cash hoard larger than any other manufacturer by far.

        So why would you imaging that Timid Tim would be bold enough to change the status quo of the Mac?

        I would be more impressed with Apple right now if it just kept up with Intel’s chipset release schedule, or at least drop prices as its hardware falls behind. Apple does neither. Apple seems to no longer care about offering the best value to users. It thinks it has enough Mac users totally addicted to Ive’s unreadable washed out GUIs and the now passe’ thin aluminum box shapes. One would believe this if one spent his entire time in echo chambers like this. Go into the real world, however, and it’s a multi-platform world and the Mac is seen as a good OS that is suffering from bad hardware planning and horrible anti-user design choices. It’s no longer appealing to buy Macs when as a pro you just end up being forced to install Windows to get the software and external hardware you need for your work, and then you find you paid twice as much for half the horsepower.

        I say put up or shut up, Apple. If you’re so great, show us with some new Mac hardware that offers better value than the competition. Until then, speculation isn’t worth the time. The Mac platform is not healthy and the A10 chipset isn’t a cure, it’s suicide.

        1. You seem to forget that Apple is dependent on Intel for the Mac platform. If they run into chip delays then apple runs into system update delays. Kinda how that works….

          And my point is simple, no one expected apple to release a phone that was at least 5 years ahead of everyone else, no one expected Apple to release a mobile processor that was ~4 years ahead of everyone else with the A4, and no one expected Apple to then leapfrog the entire industry with a 64bit mobile chip. (Which no one still has been able to match) …. So, if they want to beat Intel? They’ll beat Intel if they’re not meeting apples requirements. They’ve been doing that since the 80’s…. Every partner they’ve ever had they have either figured out how to do it better and released their own solution, or they’ve moved to another partner who can fill those needs.
          Again, if y u don’t think there are chips in that lab that can run circles around the Intel family you’re nuts…. At this point it’s probably down to figuring out the virtualization/emulation issue, and I highly doubt they’d release something that wouldn’t be able to do that very capably.

  2. Apple has sold over 800 Million iOS devices. Those mobile devices will become your computer of the future. A computer that is always with you and will be able to connect to a keyboard and monitor.

    iOS is Apple’s grand plan for future domination.

    1. iOS is dead to me. If Apple thinks they will dominate computing with a walled garden approach practically reliant on the iCloud or other clumsy 3rd party datamining services for any file sharing, then they are in for a rude awakening. The day the Mac is neutered to become anything like iOS is the day the power users abandon Apple for good.

  3. I’m tired of all of this stuff about how Apple has become slow to innovate.

    The same thing could have been said about Apple before the iPhone launch. The iPod was its most popular product, and all we had were iterations in new colors and sizes; nothing bold. The Mac line was kind of what it is today; great machines, but just incremental innovation.

    So it’s really the same ol’ story, it’s just that people can’t somehow refrain from criticizing Apple unless they come up with some new breakthrough product every month.

    “Prepare for Apple to usher in macOS written for their new desktop class A10 Macs.”

    Tech-Ignorance. Stupid meme of 2015 lives on in 2016.

    How intensely sad that tech journalism has sunk to this all time low. Utter FAIL Mark Reschke who writes for T-GAAP. Go read up on CISC vs RISC and hang your head in shame.

    And no, I won’t be going over the technology yet again in the comments. Been there, done that, sick of bothering. You either figure it out on your own or you don’t. Just don’t bother me with your ignorance.

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