The iPad 2′s A5 processor is what truly sets it apart from any other tablet out there, and it’s inclusion in the next iPhone is pretty much a given. But is it also going to be making it’s way into the MacBook Air?
Well according to MacRumors it appears that Apple is said to be developing a MacBook Air that runs on a A5 chip and also utilize Thunderbolt. This comes as a double edged sword given that people are not sure what operating system the new MacBook Air will have. On one hand it could be Mac OS X, which isn’t compatible with ARM processors, on the other it could be iOS, which isn’t optimized for a notebook.
If this is the case, it would present another challenge for Apple. It wasn’t long ago that Apple made the switch from PowerPC to Intel, and it wouldn’t bode well for Apple to make another major processor switch so soon into the relationship with Intel.
Another finger that could point against this possible transition is that ARM based processors don’t have the speed and preformance that Intel processors have and as of yet would wield the same qualifications that are needed and expected from average Mac users.
While this new MacBook Air is still in testing and developing it would be interesting if it did make it to seeing the light of day, but only time will tell what Apple plans on doing for it’s MacBook line.
For all we know they could be redesigning the Mac to include touch screen capabilities =P