Originally Posted by Joseph Byun
A larger iPad with OSX will be nice, actually.
Under the covers OSX ~= iOS
The UIs are different: kb/mouse vs Touch
Some OSX capabilities are not included in iOS because they are not needed.
To some extent, the A7 64-bit chip changes the rules -- however this is just beginning to be exploited.
I suspect, that when the technology is ready, Apple will release a larger [no bezel] screen-area iPad (not necessarily a larger device than an iPad 4). Likely this will include an A8 CPU/GPU with more RAM and SSD. If so, this device, likely, could run OSX recompiled for ARM, as well as iOS.
Apple has already repurposed its iWork and iLife apps to run on OSX and ARM/Touch. Apple may need to repurpose its Other Apps (FCPX, Logic Motion, etc.) for ARM/Touch -- especially redo the UI for touch.
There are some advantages to this for a tablet device -- but there would be no ability to run Windows apps.
Another approach is to combine x86 capability and ARM on the same chip. This would allow iOS and OSX to run native -- and Windows apps too.
As far-fetched as this might seem, Intel is making noises along these lines -- including Intel OSes and Android OSes on the same chip. Also, Intel is making noises about acting as a foundry for other chips.
Krzanich also highlighted some devices capable of running dual operating systems: Microsoft Windows and Google Android. With a dual OS processor, users can switch between the operating systems at the touch of a button.
Intel's chief previously told investors the company would focus more strongly on mobile devices, while expanding its foundry business to build processors for other chip makers, and moving into additional new markets.
- Who would benefit most from running Windows and an ARM OS?
- Who needs a foundry to build mobile processors?
I only know of one company name that would answer both questions.Edited by Dick Applebaum - 1/7/14 at 1:32pm