- Jul 31, 2012
- HD4600 / RX 570
- Mobile Phone
Mac OS X was first introduced almost 20 years ago in September 2000. With that anniversary coming up we have high hopes for the 20th anniversary version of the Mac operating system. WWDC this year will possibly feature this new version of macOS on an ARM based laptop/Macbook.
Apple appears to see this year as the perfect time to announce the new direction for their 20 year old Mac OS X / macOS operating system. This is why you see the 20 over 20 on every promotional image. They had hoped to have Apple Glass ready to show off this year (20/20 vision ?) but that product is not ready yet. So on the 22nd of this month (two 2s again) they are focusing on announcing their new macOS ARM based laptop. This is reported to have it's own 12 core variant of the A14 chip that will debut in the iPhone 12 this Fall.
It is expected to have 12 cores and be capable of running a full featured version of macOS. The newest version of the iPad Pro runs on an 8 core A12X processor designed by Apple. This new Mac may even be FaceID capable, just like the latest iPhones are. See the Memoji based ad below with the lit up faces in it. Just the way that real human faces glow when using FaceID.
Since DC stands for Developers Conference they are hoping that this new MacBook will be the product of choice for developers who may already use a Mac for their development work or even those just starting out as developers. This is why we'll see a new custom version of the A14 A-series chip in a thin and portable laptop. They can design them to work perfectly with the next macOS version that is tailored for A series processors. These new Macs will be more secure because they will not have all the Intel CPU vulnerabilities that are constantly being discovered and patched.
Apple can sell this new device for a lot less money than a new Macbook Pro which may sell for well over 2000 dollars (not all developers are rich). The chips they design and build will cost them from 40-60 % less than the equivalent ones they'd buy from Intel. Note how Apple sells the new iPhone SE with an A13 Bionic at a full retail price of $399. I predict this new ARM based Macbook will start at around $799. Maybe slightly more.
Apple wants younger and older devs to get drawn into and locked into their ecosystem so that this transition of macOS over the next 3-5 years or so goes smoothly. App developers are the key component to their success as they focus more on revenue from services as opposed to selling devices, such as iPhones, going forward.
All the iOS games that work on the iPhone and iPad will also run natively on this new Mac laptop. Young gamers will love it for this reason as well. When you take a break from developing apps you're going to do some gaming and have fun.
Tim Cook sees AR as a major part of the future roadmap for Apple. When they transition Macs to running an ARM version of macOS they will be included in that future. With their ARM based, custom designed CPUs in every product they make, each will be capable of adding to this development. In case you weren't aware, Apple has been working on AR for over ten years now. It won't be long till we see a marketable product. Estimates say in 2022. The goal is to have your Apple Glasses work with your iPhone, iPad Pro and your Mac desktop as well.
So get ready for a potential look at the future roadmap this coming Monday the 22nd. Starts online only at 10 AM PDT.
Wikipedia entry for Mac OS X or macOS as it's now known.
macOS is based on the Unix operating system and on technologies developed between 1985 and 1997 at NeXT, a company that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs created after leaving Apple in 1985. The "X" in Mac OS X and OS X is the Roman numeral for the number 10 and is pronounced as such. The X was a prominent part of the operating system's brand identity and marketing in its early years, but gradually receded in prominence since the release of Snow Leopard in 2009. UNIX 03 certification was achieved for the Intel version of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and all releases from Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard up to the current version also have UNIX 03 certification. macOS shares its Unix-based core, named Darwin, and many of its frameworks with iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS.