For years there have been speculation on when Apple would remove Intel processors from their Macs and replace them with their own A-series ARM processors.
The new November 2018 iPad Pro with the A12x Processor now matches and even outperforms Intels 15/28W TDP mobile processors in major productivity tasks like Video editing and Photo editing. Apparently the hardware is about ready to take on the job if that is what Apple wanted.
But I don’t believe that is Apples game plan - it’s to risky and it doesn’t solve any of the major challenges Apple is facing:
- It’s complicated and expensive to have 2 separate ecosystems (MacOS and iOS)
- MacOS has been stagnant for years and never really won Windows users over
- Gaming never became big on MacOS
- MacOS and Touch are not really compatible - look at MS’s woes to include Touch in Windows
- The young generation expects touch on any computer they interact with
- In the longer term your “PC” will be your phone which you bring with you all the time. So the Phone OS needs to have all the tier one Apps like MS Office, Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro in the future