According to a tipster from Twitter, Apple has built Apple Silicon powered iPhone prototypes that are capable of running macOS. At least on paper, this could allow an iPhone user to plug his handset into a dock and a monitor and enjoy a full-fledged desktop experience via the use of Apple’s smartphone. This will gain force now that Apple Silicon is replacing Intel’s processors inside the Mac. Worth noting that macOS Big Sur is also getting support to iPhone / iPad apps thanks to the conversion of apps to the ARM platform.
The tweet comes from Mauri QHD, and he makes reference to other similar docks that provide a desktop mode via the smartphone. For example, we have Razer’s Linda and Samsung DeX. The former was an attempt to transform the ill-fated Razer Phone into an Android-powered laptop. The latter is more advanced and is getting continuous support. Samsung’s solution allows users to place the phone in a dock and plug in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. This mode is available on most of the current Galaxy flagship phones. In 2011, Motorola tried something similar to Razer’s Linda with the very innovative Motorola ATRIX.
According to the tipster “It is ready, they keep working on prototypes on the side, and are using this time to make it even better… but have 2 options ready, but will go with only one. They are just waiting for other projects to fall into place. 95% sure it’s coming, but not 100%. It still depends on a lot of factors.”