A lot of things has been made about the Apple’s possible shift to the A-series processor in the Mac. According to some reports from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the company has discussed the possibility of the change between the membrane between iOS and macOS from the software point of view.
The latest report suggests that the Apple may shift from ARM-based A-series processor in some Macs starting from 2020. This shifting is not any surprise for the company as it is in line for last three years. This thing is level as something which is unparalleled and makes no sense. Apple has already convinced to shift to new hardware architectures in the Mac. The main hurdle arises is the potential marketing nightmare which will happen due to large shifts for the users many times.
Apple’s first product for its users is Apple II series. Without going deeply to the history of the foundational device, the line has six major releases with an estimation of about six million in total since the launch of Apple II in 1977 till the discontinuation in 1993. During the year 1993 Apple saw the future road with the help of Lisa. The Mac and the Apple II series continued for some time in a parallel time.
The users of Mac saw a lot of changes which starts with 68000-based Mac 128. The Mac II cost about $5500 with a monitor and in 1990 it cost nearly $10,000 giving users 40mhz of speed in a 68030 processor. Then, Apple announced Power Macintosh 6100,7100 and 8100 along with new architecture. The new machine was launched with 7.1.2 System and have 68K processor code. The last operating system release for the 68K-series Macs was MacOS 8.1.
After few years they shift to Power PC with some publicity for Copland. The first Mac OS X Developer’s preview was launched in May 1988. The iMac evaluation was continued with the iMac DV which was suitable for Mac OS X.
During the year 2002, there is a rumor about the Mac OS version running on Intel’s processors and this continued till 2005. This continued till the next announcement at the WWDC in which it is said that the Macs are going to use Intel processors. PowerPC-only code ran on Apple layer called Rosetta. The final version of the Rosetta in MacOS Lion was released on July 20, 2011.
Apple has to build Mac OS X for years before it shifting to Intel. The company also gave way for the iOS with Xcode which is presently the primary means to develop the Mac, iOS, tvOS and watch OS. This shift will not be an immediate shift and this will start with the Apple’s low product like MacBook and can be in Mac mini-migration. We will be getting a new Apple-built ARM processor with three decades of legacy routines. This architecture can handle LOD4 RAM which allows up to 64 GB of RAM and four times the bandwidth that LPDR3 and DDR4 can handle. You don’t have to panic as the shifting of hardware is not spontaneous.