Apple To Drop Intel Chips From Macbooks

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In a story published by Bloomberg on Monday, it was reported that Apple is planning to replace Intel chips starting in 2020 with the company's very own Mac chips.

The plan, as outlined by Bloomberg, which cited people familiar with the matter, will mean that from 2020, Apple Mac should ship with Apple processors.

Transitioning to proprietary chips would free Apple from the constraints of Intel's production roadmap and allow it to be more flexible with time frames. The iPhone, for example, doesn't use Qualcomm processors like almost every other smartphone on the planet, using its own A-series of chips, and a customised GPU. Companies such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, and a handful of others rely on Intel for their computers' chips. The move would also help Apple to more tightly integrate new software and hardware, which could potentially result in better battery life.

Krzanich said the next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, for cloud data centers, as well as 8th generation Intel Core processors for consumer devices would be ready to ship in the second half of 2018.

A report this morning from Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes suggests that Apple's plans for producing next-generation MicroLED screens could be more ambitious than originally expected. A Bloomberg supply chain survey reveals that Apple accounts for nearly 5 percent of Intel's entire revenue.

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The company has also previously released Macs with ARM-based co-processors, which run an iOS-like operating system, for specific functions like security.

It makes sense in Apple-esque fashion that the California tech giant is working on a project of making all its chief devices - including Macs, iPhones and iPads - work off the same microprocessor family.

Intel has dominated computing processors for more than a decade, taking market share from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., its only rival in the market. 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. While Apple's decision to go solo with its Mac hardware might not affect Intel's bottom line in a big way, it is likely to raise the possibility of other major firms deciding to build their own hardware capabilities.

Apple past year sold 19 million Mac computers, accounting for about 7% of the overall PC market, Pitzer said. "Doing custom silicon in-house was a new direction for Apple".

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