Apple plans to make its own chips for Mac computers, ending its reliance on processors made by Intel, Bloomberg reports.
The shift could begin as early as 2020, advancing through a multi-step transition.
The move is seen as a strategy to make all of Apple Macs, iPhones and iPads work more similarly and seamlessly together. Currently, all iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs use main processors designed by Apple and based on technology from ARM.
The shift would be a significant blow to Intel, as Apple accounts for 5% of its annual revenue, according to Bloomberg supply chain analysis. Worse for the chipmaker, the move could spur other PC vendors to control their own processor fabrication by moving it in-house. All the other major PC brands such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and Asus run on Intel chips.
For Apple, moving to its own chips inside Macs would let it release new models on its own timelines, instead of relying on Intel’s processor roadmap as well as bring new features to market much faster. The Cupertino-based company would also be able to more tightly integrate hardware and software.
Apple has previously released Macs with ARM-based co-processors for specific functions like security. The latest MacBook Pro and iMac Pro include the co-processors.
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