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

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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Dedicated os for each
by yerverluvinunclebert on Fri 29th Sep 2017 23:37 UTC
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One thing Apple has that Microsoft does not is a very suitable dedicated o/s for each platform. One that works on both types of hardware, each with a proven track record of success.

Microsoft has a record of failure on the phone platform, very mediocre success on tablets (with regard to sheer numbers) but a proven desktop o/s that is slowly being buggered about trying to shoehorn incorrectly it onto tablet devices.

A better bet would have been a tablet/phone o/s that had another codebase but was properly optimised for tablets - it might have been a more successful strategy, compatibility with traditional windows coming later through emulation. It could simply have been part of the Windows brand without actually being part of the Windows codebase.

Ultimately devices and oses that are dedicated to the task are always a better bet. A jack of all trades is a master of none.

Apple will most likely subvert OS X through adding progressively more desktop functionality to IOS and abandoning OS/X bit by bit, a death by a thousand cuts.

To my mind, abandoning OS X is a mistake but an inevitable one.

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