Soon, the Macs will be able to run iOS applications as if they were native applications. And new rumors suggest that Apple could also allow iPhone owners to turn their smartphones into computers.
MacBook Pro / © Presse-citron.net
Recently, during the conference WWDC, Apple has announced the transition of its computers with Intel processors to processors Apple Silicon, which are based on technologies from Arm. By performing this transition, the firm of Cupertino hopes that she will be able to offer faster computers, but that will consume less energy. But at the same time, the transition to Arm processors for Macs allows Apple to have a convergence between computers and smartphones, thanks to a common architecture. Because of this, the computers that will use the processors Apple Silicon will be able to run iOS applications as if they were native applications.
And today, we also have reasons to think that one day, the iPhone might also be able to run applications designed for computers. In an article published this month of July, the site Patently Apple relays of the patents that show that the firm of Cupertino might one day launch an accessory that looks like a computer, and whose role could be to transform the iPhone into the MacBook.
— Patently Apple (@PatentlyApple) July 2, 2020
Of course, the existence of these patents does not mean that Apple is going to launch a product. However, since the firm is in the process of converging iOS and macOS, the idea of the engineers who designed this accessory is now closer to the reality.
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Apple could succeed where others have failed ?
In any case, Apple would not be the first actor of the digital want to turn smartphones into computers. For example, in 2011, Motorola launched the Motorola Atrix which could be connected to a screen and a keyboard. There has also been the project Ubuntu Edge from Canonical, which has fallen into the water, as well as the feature Continuum Microsoft for smartphones as Windows 10 Mobile. And currently, Samsung already offers the feature called DeX on its smartphones Galaxy S and Galaxy Note via which one can access an interface similar to that of computer operating systems when you connect it to a screen and a keyboard. But if others have already attempted to propose a new use for smartphones, it is possible that this is Apple, which manages to popularize it.
Otherwise, until the release of the first MacBook using the processors Apple Silicon, Apple already offers a development kit to developers. It uses a processor of the iPad, but already gives an idea of the performance that will be the future computers of the firm.