iOS/A-Series Macs To Become Reality

Hey Tim Cook,

The bandwagon is growing for iOS Macs to be announced at your Hello Again event this fall. We can’t even count the articles by bandwagon jumpers siting old, nebulous possibilities for MacBooks with A-series chips. We’re afraid an axle will break. We almost want to jump off.

But then, we’re in the front seat and they’re in the trailer.

iOS MacBooks Are, and Have Been, a No-Brainer

Starting your the iAd agency was a risk. Coming out with your own chips was too. But then it became obvious that you, Tim, and Apple, understand human to human service far less than you grasp hardware. While iAd is defunct, your chip designs were successes. As soon as Apple’s expertise and commitment to chips became apparent, moving A-series chips into Macs became an obvious progression.

We know you don’t like Macs, Tim. You’ve been pushing iPads as laptop replacements until you’re lips turned blue. But they aren’t replacements. Laptops with their built in keyboards and hard cases and trackpads at hand level are the workhorses for those who do real work. We think (a lot of hope in here, too) that you’ve come to your senses on this.

Our concern is that your stubbornness may not have allowed you enough time to make the necessary mods to the chipset and to iOS, but the writing’s on the wall that something big is coming. And it’s not just a programmable bar across the top.

An iOS Macbook, with an A-series chip, will be announced on October 27, 2016.

What makes this year so compelling is your detrimental and insulting delay of Mac updates for your dedicated users. To force customers to buy overpriced and outdated machines indicates that Apple had either become incredibly arrogant and self-serving or that you were building something that would be a significant shift.
We think the latter is the driver. (But, sadly, the former has some validity as well.)

Apple's iOS Agenda
Apple’s iOS Agenda

And while you tend to underwhelm at these events, where you do surprise people is with the work under the hood. At the A-series was a shocker. Metal as well. And then Swift was huge. So if you’re going to come out with anything worthy of ‘one more thing’ it’s not going to be obvious.

To summarize, the primary data points that drive our reasoning are:

    • The long, long, despicably long delays between Mac upgrades
    • Increased processing power of A chips, approaching desktop class
    • Availability of major software on iOS (eg. Adobe’s suite, MS Office)
    • Apple’s desire for one ecosystem to rule them all
    • The excessively high price of the current 12″ Macbook, opening up space below it for an A-series model with a lower price

And finally,

    • Your ‘Hello Again’ banner, harkening to past major changes to the Mac lineup.

Of course, we haven’t discounted the possibility that Apple has created a brand new chip for the Macs, something well beyond the A10 that might be the source of past rumors of a six core chip. The more we put this into the realm of possibilities, the more we think it might come to pass. Apple obviously focuses more on hardware than on Maps and Siri, and running a few proprietary chip designs in parallel seems completely feasible. This new chip might actually be the driver of the new MacBook Pro. But that’s dubious. Our precogs hiccuped at the thought. So did 90% of the Pro users.

So here’s what you’re going to announce at the event.

    1. New MacBook Pro’s with Intel chips and a Magic Toolbar
    3. A New A-series chipset
    4. A New 12″ MacBook, with the aforementioned A-series chipset
    5. A Corresponding New Version of iOS

Tim, we know telling you what you already know is arrogant on our part. We know that telling you that we know what you already know is narcissistic. And we know we could be deep frying some crow in few days, and then firing what will be proved to be our incompetent precogs.

But that’s not going to happen.

The iOS agenda is riding too high on the Thought Police Bus. You, and Apple, will introduce (warning: final paragraph click-bait) A-series MacBooks running iOS at the upcoming Apple event on October 27, 2016. Take it to the bank.