Processor development Apple ax has demonstrated in recent years that the Cupertino group follows its own path and designs its chips according to its own needs, deviating more and more from the standards of the rest of the industry.
Platforms Apple A8 and A8X present in the latest iPhone and iPad operate a set of instructions ARMv8 like the competition but they use specific Cyclone hearts and a configuration that allows Apple to stay on a dual core base with 1 GB of RAM (and maybe with three hearts and with 2 GB of RAM for the iPad Air 2).
This particular trajectory of Apple could lead the group to develop its own processors for Mac computers in place of the current Intel chips in the next two years. It is the analyst of KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo who once again formulates this prediction, suggesting that custom Apple Ax processors could achieve performance lying between the Intel Atom range and Intel Core i3.
The next processor Apple A9, intended for future iPhone, should be shared between Samsung / GlobalFoundries and TSMC, while the latter could take care of the Apple A10 in 2016. An intermediate version Apple A9X could then be used for a new generation of iPad but also for an entry-level Mac computer.
The same TSMC founder should be in charge of the Apple S1 SiP platform for the Apple Watch, even if Samsung was also mentioned.
As pointed out Apple Insider, the Apple firm has been suspected of preparing ARM-based Mac computers for years.
Now that the Apple Ax processors have become 64-Bit compatible and while the crossovers between iOS and Mac OS are increasing, the time may have come for this migration.