What’s the difference between an iPad and the MacBook Air? In terms of use cases, not much. It would be more than cool if Apple’s next-gen MacBook Air offered the battery life and touch input capabilities of an iPad while while keeping desktop performance and apps. In other words, Intel Inside needs to go.

According to a new analyst report KGI Securities Ming-chi Kuo, Apple is planning to do away with Intel Inside in at least some of its Macs starting next year. While some see replacing Intel processors with Apple’s own A series chips as radical, iPhone and iPad users are already using their iThings to process images and video.

Yes, there is serious software available for the 64-bit native iPhone and iPad, which are powered by Apple’s very own A series processors. Apple could bring the technical (ie power, heat, size) advantages of its A series chips to Mac and further leverage the design and manufacturing economies of scale.

Intel Inside Out

According to Ming-chi Kuo, an Apple watcher with a strong though not perfect rumor record, the transition away from Intel Inside to A series chips could begin as early as 2016.

Why not do it now? Apple’s A series chips still aren’t powerful enough yet and won’t surpass Intel’s own mobile offering, the Atom series, for another year or two.

So, are you ready to buy an Apple A9 powered MacBook Air? Or, do you think serious work requires Intel Inside…

Inquiring minds want to know.

Via: AppleInsider