According to a new report, Apple is planning to ditch Intel’s processor in Mac as early as 2020, instead want to use its own chips. The changeover is likely to begin with laptops such as the 12-inch MacBook.
With this report surface online, Intel’s stock price took a hit soon after, as Bloomberg estimates that Apple provides approximately 5% of the chipmaker’s annual revenue. Aside from the processors in its Macs, Apple also uses Intel’s modern chips in some iPhones.
The suggestion that Apple would like to move away from a reliance on Intel for its Mac-based computers has been floating all around the web, followed by another tip with the company building its own ARM-based CPUs for use in the iPhone and iPad, it does make plenty of noise that it would want to do the same with the Mac.
Transition will likely start with MacBooks as early as 2020. Apple’s latest major Mac processor transition of this scope occurred when it moved away from IBM’s Power-PC chips in favor of Intel’s. While it was always in the cards that this would happen. Now, Apple will reportedly have its own CPUs inside Macs from 2020 onwards as part of a new initiative labeled KALAMATA.
Intel chips will almost certainly remain in Apple’s top-end machines like the iMac Pro and forthcoming Mac Pro revision until the company can produce in-house chips that are very much capable of meeting the demands of professional Mac users.
However, the decision to power Macs with its own chips come after years of rapid improvement and evolution of the ARM-based processor that Apple built into its iOS devices, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV. If not, Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads grew more powerful than some of the company’s past Macs. Designing future Macs around its own chips would definitely afford more flexibility in releasing new products, and the added level of hardware control would also let the company further bolster security.
If the name is exactly what is concerned, according to Google, Kalamata is “the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, after Patras, in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region.” So, now you know everything?
Otherwise, Apple is also planning to allow Mac computers to run iOS apps for a more seamless experience between mobile and desktop platforms. That new software cross-compatibility could also arrive as soon as this year and will occur before the processor switchover.
This story continues to develop day-by-day and few details beyond the project’s name and its existence are available at this time. We’ll share more when we hear anything more about it.
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