Several months ago, at the end of July to be exact, I wrote the following article. The iPad is not the computer of the future that I expected. Now we have in our hands the first Mac with its own ARM processor, the Apple Silicon project has taken off to success and the opinions have been the best. IPad users are looking forward to the launch of the Pro version in 2021 with one of the most powerful chips on the market. Truth be told, it seems that Apple Silicon revived the Mac range and made us forget about iPads with iPadOS for a moment. Do you think the post-PC era is put aside? I give you my opinion on what I think about Apple Silicon and iPadOS.
iPadOS continues to grow but at a slow pace, Apple Silicon is taking off at full steam
When Apple introduced its own ARM processor project we thought it would be a matter of years and many months of work. Those of Cupertino did their homework and we already have with us the first Macs with their M1 chip. Three computers, a desktop computer and two laptops. Did you think it would come so fast? In my opinion, I expected to see the first ARM-powered Macs in early 2021 or until the next WWDC.
Apple indicated that the first Mac would arrive at the end of this year and they met, surpassed and surprised everyone with their launches in the month of November.
While iPadOS is still there, in everyone’s mind but more hidden. The only users who still think about the iPad are those who have one of these devices and use it in their day to day, but when they see the new Macs they remember that they have returned to stay and be much better than the iPad. The 2021 is key for iPadOS, those of Cupertino usually provide improvements one year for iOS and another for iPadOS, that is, they focus first on the iPhone and then on the iPad.
The M1 chip is the beginning of a long list of chips
As it happens year after year in the iPhone, the development of chips promises too much. Both performance tests, the execution of some apps and other tests have shown that Macs with Apple Silicon are one step ahead of PCs and older Macs.
IMac-loving users are waiting for a redesign and the arrival of Apple Silicon. That computer looks to be a best seller, as expected with the Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pros. The next quarter of fiscal results will reflect that.
Apple will not settle for the development of a single chip, surely they are already working on what will be a second generation of the M1 chip that will probably be renamed M2. I remember when Apple announced the Mac mini with an A12Z chip inside it dedicated to developers, we all thought they would use the same chips as iPads. Now we know that it is an all-in-one chip, it includes the RAM, storage, the CPU itself, GPU, neural engine, etc.
Apple will have to work to make available to developers or other companies how to bring other operating systems to Apple Silicon. Boot Camp is not possible to bring Windows 10 to these new Macs, much less Linux. Similarly, other companies like Adobe and Microsoft have already announced beta versions of their most popular apps to be compatible with the M1 chip. When all this is facilitated, Apple Silicon will reach the next level of success and more chips will begin to arrive to renew equipment and include more products in the catalog. A 16-inch MacBook Pro and iMac are the most anticipated.
Where will the iPad be with iPadOS?
As I mentioned a few paragraphs ago, iPadOS will have a major update at the next WWDC. What I think is that it will no longer be given the relevance of carrying a PC in a compact size. iPadOS will not be macOS, the only effort Apple will make is that both can have the same apps.
And the last hope for iPadOS users who want to work hard without missing macOS is that big apps like Final Cut and others like it come to the iPad, just like Photoshop. IOS / iPadOS apps have already been shown to run on macOS Big Sur. How complex will it be to carry it backwards?
I must express that I am very happy with Apple for reviving the Macs. The developers must be more than happy and the users who acquire the new equipment will benefit the most. It will be two years of transition for Apple to leave Intel completely, will it be successful?
Tell me in the comment box, what has surprised you the most about Apple Silicon? Do you think iPadOS has a chance to continue being considered as an alternative to the Mac?