Dis­cover the path Ap­ple’s likely to take with up­com­ing Macs

Will your next Mac have an 8K dis­play and In­tel in­side – or will it have more in com­mon with an iPhone than a Mac mini? We dis­cover the trends that’ll shape the next wave of Macs

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Gary Mar­shall Illustration: Mag­ic­torch

Tim Cook is many things, but a loose-lipped blab­ber­mouth isn’t one of them. So when he told an in­ter­viewer in Septem­ber that“some peo­ple will never buy a com­puter, be­cause I think now we’re at the point where the iPad does what some peo­ple want to do with their PCs”, Ap­ple ob­servers were quick to read the tech­no­log­i­cal tea leaves. They looked again at the key­note video where Ap­ple raved about the iPad Pro’s “desk­top class” per­for­mance. They cited John Gruber, aka Dar­ing Fire­ball, whose bench­marks dis­cov­ered that the iPhone 6s had faster sin­gle-core per­for­mance than the new MacBook. They came to the ob­vi­ous con­clu­sion: the Mac is dead. We beg to dif­fer. Yes, the lines be­tween the lat­est iPads, the iPad Pro and the new MacBook may be blurry – but the Mac’s in great shape.

That’s be­cause Ap­ple is build­ing a fam­ily. It’s a fam­ily where Macs and mo­biles co­ex­ist, and where tech­nol­ogy from one side of the fam­ily is shared and im­proved upon by the other be­fore be­ing used by ev­ery­body. Just think of the tech­nolo­gies and achieve­ments that ap­peared in iPhones and iPads be­fore mov­ing into Macs, such as all-day bat­tery life, fast flash stor­age, pin-sharp Retina dis­plays… even the idea of giv­ing away Ap­ple op­er­at­ing sys­tems for free started with iOS.

But it’s not a one-way street, how­ever. The Force Touch tech­nol­ogy we first saw in this year’s Mac­Books now adds an ex­tra layer of in­ter­ac­tion to iOS. New pro­ces­sors un­lock in­ter­est­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties, lit­tle ac­ces­sories could have a huge ef­fect on the way we in­ter­act with our Macs, and new tech­ni­cal stan­dards could trans­form the way we com­mu­ni­cate and even power our de­vices. Over the next few pages we’ll dis­cover what’s on the hori­zon and how it’ll shape the fu­ture of your next Mac.

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