I was one of those who got blindsided when Apple put USB-C on the new iPad Pros. I personally thought Apple would stick to lightning. But then it got me thinking. What if this is their strategy transitioning to ARM-based “Mac”? I put Mac in quotation because it may not be called a Mac. It might be another extension of iOS but adapted into a laptop clamshell form factor. Apple did this already with the iPad, with apps being available now for technically 2 “platforms” of iOS, iPhone and iPad. I can see Apple adding another one, a desktop focused redesign of iOS, but still compatible with the rich iOS App Store. Now you would ask about the app UI issue. We went through this already in the early days of iPad, where many are using blown up iPhone apps. Since iPad apps already tend to be orientation neutral, the transition wouldn’t be so bad imo. So instead of trying to put current macOS into ARM, I’m thinking Apple might just be scaling up and redesign iOS instead into a new form factor. They solve a few things. First, they don’t need to worry about intel compatibility. These devices will not use Mac branding, it will be under the iDevice category. Second, they don’t need to support all the legacy stuff as they already start with just a single USB-C port. The current iPad Pros are also testing bed and placeholder for the “higher” priced newer clamshell form factor imo. Get people used to pay more than $1k for an iDevice.