We’ve been talking about ARM-based Macs for years. Apple finally put that rumor to bed when it confirmed these Mac mysteries at WWDC 2020.
Not only will an A-series processor power these Macs, but they will also represent a step towards convergence as the Mac platform gets closer to the iPhone.
The two come so close that Apple is supposedly testing macOS on an iPhone, claims leak of MauriQHD and reported by Noypigeeks.
According to leaked inside information, Apple is testing macOS on an iPhone to see if the phone can deliver a desktop experience when plugged into a docking station or monitor.
This test is part of a bigger push to merge iOS and macOS. Catalyst, claims the leaked report, is the tool Apple will use to bring the two operating systems together into a single, more unified platform.
What is Catalyst?
Announced at WWDC 2019, the Catalyst is a developer tool that allows developers to quickly port their iPad apps to macOS. Catalyst gained ground in 2020 as Apple tries to find common ground between macOS and iOS.
Just look at macOS Big Sur to see the gradual convergence of iOS and macOS. In this latest release, macOS has a Control Center just like iOS, and mobile apps like Messages have been ported from iOS using Catalyst.
MacOS and iOS crash course
Catalyst isn’t the only tool bridging the divide between iOS and macOS. Earlier this year, Apple introduced its Swift Playgrounds developer tool on macOS. This tool walks you through programming Swift, letting you start your work on a Mac and finish it on an iPad.
Apple has also enabled Universal Purchases, allowing developers to release iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS versions of its apps as a bundle. A user could then purchase all the apps in one purchase.
How ARM-based Macs fit in
With the transition to ARM-based Macs, the company is blurring the lines between desktop and smartphone when it comes to hardware.
Although powered for desktop applications, these new ARM-powered Macs will use an ARM architecture just like the iPhone. Hopefully, this convergence will allow apps to run smoothly on a Mac and iPhone with just a few minor tweaks.
Big Sur is a step in this direction and is already coded to support this new ARM architecture. Apple should release its first ARM macs by the end of the year.