Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Sep 2017 20:49 UTC
Apple

Industry sources and analysts suggest that Apple is keen to expand its semiconductor capabilities further. They say the company is interested in building core processors for notebooks, modem chips for iPhones, and a chip that integrates touch, fingerprint and display driver functions.

Apple is building ARM laptops. The interesting question is whether they'll run iOS or macOS.

My money's on the former.

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iOS or macOS
by Morgan on Fri 29th Sep 2017 22:35 UTC
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Apple is building ARM laptops. The interesting question is whether they'll run iOS or macOS.

My money's on the former.


I think just the opposite. I don't believe Apple will ever cross the (increasingly narrow) line between the traditional Macbook and the iPad Pro no matter what CPU/SoC powers the Macbook. Apple doesn't believe in a touchscreen notebook, and iOS is a touch-dominant OS. Also, there's no technical reason why an ARM system must run iOS; other ARM platforms run traditional desktop operating systems with ease.

That said, macOS continues to slowly merge features and design cues with iOS; it's possible there will be one unified "Apple OS" in the next few years {similar to Windows 10 across desktops, laptops, and tablets). I could see that interpreted as "desktop iOS".

Edited 2017-09-29 22:36 UTC

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