Apple’s Mac computers may use its own chips
Apple Plans to Replace Intel Chips in Macs with its Custom Designed CPUs
Apple will reportedly start using its own chips in Mac computers as soon as 2020, replacing processors by Intel.
The initiative, code-named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of Apple’s devices—including Macs, iPhones, and iPads work more similarly and seamlessly together, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition.
This move will also make Apple’s devices, such as iPhone, Macs, iPads work more seamlessly together. Also, moving to its own chips inside Macs would let the company release new models on its own timelines.
At the moment, Apple is reportedly working a new foldable iPhone, which might be unveiled in 2020. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has stated that the smartphone maker is working with its Asian partners on a foldable device which will be able to open up and be used like an iPad tablet.
Losing Apple as a customer would deal a big blow to Intel. While Macs make up only a small percentage of the total PC market — 8.2 percent in the fourth quarter.
Intel, which was late to mobile, has seen its core PC market shrink. It’s managed to win new business with Apple, supplying 4G chips for some iPhones. But as Intel expands in mobile, its phone rivals have been encroaching on laptops. Qualcomm partnered with Microsoft and PC makers like Asus to create always-on PCs that are similar to mobile devices.
Apple, too, has been expanding into the components market. It now makes its own application processors that act as the brains of its mobile devices, a Bluetooth chip to quickly link its AirPods to its iPhones, and security chips that protect personal data and biometrics from hacking attempts. By building its own chips, Apple is able to better control the features it releases, as well as its timeline for introducing new devices.
The company has used Intel chips in its computers for over a decade, when it moved away from its previous partner, IBM. That decision changed the PC industry and helped Intel become the world’s dominant computer chip maker.