Jean-Louis Gassee, in yesterday’s Monday Note:
“An answer to the now age-old ARM-ed Mac question now emerges: With the emphasis on the iPad Pro as a real computer, there’s no reason for Apple to move the Mac off of trusty if perhaps less glamorous Intel processors.”
If I may finish his sentence, “... there’s no reason for Apple to move the Mac off of trusty if perhaps less glamorous Intel processors, because the iPad will soon replace the Mac.” As for when this will happen, I don’t know — and if Jean-Louis does, he’s not saying. With each passing year it becomes more feasible from a technical standpoint, but it will take a sea change in Apple’s strategic thinking for this to actually happen.
This reminds me of the electric car situation: they have gotten pretty good, but at least for my use case, they aren’t quite good enough. I can see that this will change soon, but — again — it will take a sea change in strategic thinking to make this happen. In this case, that means automakers stop trying to turn a truck into an electric truck, and start designing vehicles to take full advantage of all this new technology enables.
As I start shopping around to replace my trusty 2013 MacBook Pro, I hope Apple will make its decision soon.