According to the report reaching us from our sources, Apple has decided to replace Intel processors with its own chips in Mac computers in the year 2020. This has a huge implication for both of the companies. Intel’s stock price took a hit after the report was published because according to the reports, Apple provides almost 5% of the annual revenue of Intel. Apart from the processors in Macs, Apple also uses Intel’s modem chips in a few iPhones.
The last major Mac processor transition of this magnitude made by Apple happened when it moved away from IBM’s PowerPC chips to Intel. The co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, made the announcement of this move in the year 2005 and it was done by the end of the year 2006. The report from our sources state that Intel chips will almost certainly remain in Apple’s top-end machines like iMac Pro and the upcoming Mac Pro till Apple can produce in-house chips that can meet the demands of professional Mac users.
The conclusion to power Macs with its own chips comes after years of speedy improvement and evolution of the ARM-based processors built by Apple into its iOS devices like the Apple Watch and the Apple TV. The latest iPhones and iPads of Apple have become more powerful than some of the previous Macs of the company. Being able to design future Macs with its own chips would make Apple more flexible in releasing new products. Also, the added level of hardware control would allow the company to bring about the advancement of security.
Furthermore, our sources report that Apple is also making plans to give Mac computers the ability to run iOS apps to bring about a more seamless experience between mobile and desktop platforms. This new software cross-compatibility could roll out before the end of this year and will come before the switchover of processors.