The appearance of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has enabled us among many other things meet the new processors Apple A10. These buses represent a turning point in the history of Apple in this segment, and are therefore as design power: we are at the first quad-core chips signature.
That will have serious implications for the way in which new iPhones behave, but also raise disturbing questions that we had done in the past. The power of these micros is such that it is not difficult to imagine part of future MacBook.
ARM continues to present options for the future of the Mac
The first synthetic tests that have been made to the new smartphones the firm show that the iPhone 7 have at their disposal a processing capacity really impressive.
The figures that have appeared in the special ranking that keep Geekbench indicated that the iPhone 9.4 (which apparently corresponds to the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB) reaches 3,233 points in the test that assesses one core and 5,363 in designed to check the overall performance of all processor cores.
To give you an idea, the MacBook 12-inch that was renewed earlier this year reaches 2,514 Geekbench points in single-core and 4996 points in multi-core if we consider the model with an Intel Core m3-6Y30 1.1GHz.
Comparisons are odious, but in this chart looks like those new Apple A10 measure up. Exceed the loosely integrated in recent MacBook processors, but also -as expected- to those of iPad Pro is evident that things change more ambitious teams: the powerful Intel core i7-4470HQ of a MacBook Pro (Early 2015) are an example, but beware that still do not go far in performance per core.
Apple likes control, and this would be another bump in the road
Another reason why a decision might well make sense is this obsession that Apple has to control as far as possible everything that surrounds its devices. In the iPhone and iPad has managed to “close the loop” and control much of the most important components of these devices, both hardware level and software level more- -falter.
However on Macs thing it is not so clear and it is not because Apple is using Intel processors or graphics from AMD. It is difficult to break these alliances in the short term because the solutions of these manufacturers are much more powerful than produced by Apple, but things change when we talk about smaller teams like the MacBook performance.
The thing makes more sense if you check out analysis as they did for months nowin Seeking Alpha . In ” Apple: Becoming a Semiconductor Powerhouse ” the evolution of the Cupertino company is analyzed as a producer of chips. A priori one might think that the company cannot compete with giants like Intel, Qualcomm and MediaTek. And yet …
Revenues make clear the “picture” of who’s who in the currently semiconductors. Apple is not as far as you might think of some traditional industry leaders, but ofcourse, sell millions of iPhone and iPads makes that copper facet more sense.
In 2014 Apple sold 100 million SoCs, a dizzying figure that probably remained -if not creció- during 2015, but is that Apple’s growth in this segment is amazing, as shown in a graph makes clear Apple’s bet for semiconductors is going very well.
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The secret is in the operating system
To pose a hypothetical MacBook based on an ARM processor arises the inevitable question. What operating system rule? Some thought in a (long) while Apple may be working on a version of OS X macOS prepared for this architecture.
That would not be so strange: Apple did the same when he jumped to Intel processors from those legendary PowerPC, and that magical announcement of Steve Jobs was a remarkable phrase:
Mac OS X has been living a secret double life for the past five years.
It had been, in all that time OS X had been running and usually updated on the PowerPC that were used in the Mac at the time, but laboratories Apple had been all this time hiding prototypes of Macs based on Intel processors that were governed by that operating system. The same could have happened with that version of macOS developed for ARM.
That might suggest macOS as a valid candidate for these portable hypothetical based on ARM processors Apple, but lately more and more evidence seems clear that the main protagonist in the ecosystem of Apple’s iOS software and not macOS.
It is at that devote more resources, more innovations implemented year after year and the clear reference also to the millions of developers who bet on the ecosystem and especially by an App Store that works like a shot.
The latest iOS also help propose as an operating system for those MacBook ARM, and all stands that support split screen that allows us to place two application windows facing to try to be more productive.
The iPad Pro is the clear leader of this transition that is making the field iOS productivity. Both smartphones like Apple tablets were oriented content consumption devices, but the iPad, which had always had its small affair with productivity- tasks, have become serious alternatives in this area with the launch of the iPad Pro.
Or follow the trail and inspiration of the Microsoft Surface, the reality is that the iPad Pro are increasingly better prepared to work products, and unique here is that they are not governed by macOS, but by iOS. That is the best proof that this operating system can also be used to produce, not just to consume. There are changes in the workflow, of course, but there is already a large group of users who just want to migrate to this way of working.
Will we see a MacBook or some kind of ARM – based computer? Of course the option is there. Maybe Apple in October surprise: everything points to that event will be dedicated to a major renovation of the Mac range.