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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Not so fast
by jigzat on Sun 1st Oct 2017 02:48 UTC
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I don't think that Apple is going to kill Mac OS any time soon unless they can come up with a breakthrough in touch based UI metaphors for handling files. iOS 11 Files app feels like a sloppy attempt, even the icon is horrible. On the other hand they also need a touch based XCode App.

Microsoft faced a similar problem with Windows 8. It had a main incomplete touch based UI and you always ended up falling back to the Desktop application in order to use Explorer and Control Panel.

Apple will simply switch to ARM for CPU and it will add specialized chips for other tasks. This is was predicted since the collapse of the Pentium 4.

Edited 2017-10-01 02:50 UTC

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