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Old November 13th 17, 10:07 PM posted to
Alan Browne
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Default Cheap Apple

On 2017-11-13 10:41, PeterN wrote:
On 11/13/2017 2:56 AM, android wrote:

Lots of folks are curious in what step Apple will take next with Mac
hard and software. If you are interested in the current family of
systems it might be a good idea to take a step back and see where they
are heading. Will there be separate mac- and i- OSs or will they merge?
Will the hardware merge so that we will see ARM processors on Macs? That
will be sorted out then the new Mac Pro system arrives. Until then the
serious hobbyist with other obligations and limited resources could be
wise to wait and see if Apples new offerings due in a year or so just
see if is that is that they want. They do charge for the gear, you know!

Good advice

No. It's crappy advice. Apple will not merge iOS and MacOS despite
greater and greater integration and interoperability between them
(across apps via iCloud and local comms services such as handover).

What they will do (and almost certainly have running in the back room)
is move Macs from intel to ARM processors. But this will be very
transparent to users and more so than during the past quite smooth
transition from PowerPC to intel.

Those developers who completely adopted XCode/Cocoa will be able to
distribute their code to the new ARM world with nary a change to their
code - so no impact on late intel adopters, contrary to the nonsense
above. This will be even smoother than the Rosetta supported PPC/intel

The main difference is that iOS is mainly a "consumption and capture"
device whereas a Mac is a mainly "workstation and creation" device.
There is overlap (when isn't there?). But they will remain very
separate for many years to come.

That said, the higher end iPads are becoming desktop class devices in
computing and graphics power. But they are hampered to a degree where
storage and peripherals are concerned.

If one operates several Macs, iPhones and iPads as I do at home and at
work, one is very grateful for the interoperability provided in a near
seamless manner between iOS and Mac OS. There's no need to merge them -
indeed "under the hood" they have had a ton of commonality since the
iPhone (or even iPod).

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