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Apple plans to replace Intel chips in Macs with its own in 2020: Report

Although the plan is in its early stages, it can happen over the next couple of years.

  • Updated: April 26, 2018 9:09 AM IST
macOS 12 and tvOS 8 expected

Apple is also expected to announce the latest iteration of macOS as well as watchOS. Reports suggest that Apple may not bring to many improvements to macOS this time besides a few improvements and enhancements here and there. Apple is also expected to announce tvOS at WWDC 2021. Leaks suggest that Apple is working to merge tvOS and HomePod software. Leaks and rumours suggest that the new unified Home operating system could be called "HomeOS".


Apple has been manufacturing ARM-based chips to use in its Macs for quite some time now, but these chips mostly back the main Intel CPU when laptops are in the Power Nap session. The Cupertino giant also makes its own chipsets for iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch devices. Now, according to a new report, Apple is reportedly planning to replace Intel chips in Macs starting as early as 2020. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads

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The initiative codenamed Kalamata is in early development stages, but it comes as a part of Apple s strategy of making all devices including iPhones, iPads and Macs work seamlessly together. The project has been approved, and will likely result in a multi-step transition, Bloomberg reports. Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now

Moving to design its own chips inside Macs will help Apple release new models on its own timeline, rather than relying on Intel s roadmap. The move would be a major blow to Intel, whose partnership has helped Apple revive, while also make Mac a success. According to supply chain analysis by Bloomberg, Apple offers Intel with about 5 percent of its annual revenue. Following the news, Intel shares dropped by 9.2 percent, which has been the biggest intraday drop in the past two years.

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We think that Apple is looking at ways to further integrate their hardware and software platforms, and they ve clearly made some moves in this space, trying to integrate iOS and macOS. It makes sense that they re going in this direction. If you look at incremental R&D spend, it s gone into ways to try to vertically integrate their components so they can add more functionality for competitive differentiation, Shannon Cross, an analyst at Cross Research told the publication.

Companies like Dell, HP, Lenovo and Asus all use Intel chips in their laptops and desktops. Using its own chips will make Apple the only major PC maker to ditch Intel. The move would also help Apple to more tightly integrate new software and hardware, which could potentially result in better battery life.

Meanwhile, Apple is also making efforts to ensure Macs work more like iPhones. It is working on a new software platform codenamed Marzipan that would allow users to run iPad and iPhone apps on Macs. It is set to release as early as this year. Now, it remains to be seen how and when Apple makes the move, and what benefits the new Apple-designed chipsets will bring to the table.

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  • Published Date: April 3, 2018 12:21 PM IST
  • Updated Date: April 26, 2018 9:09 AM IST



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