Apple could abandon Intel processors for ARM-based Macs and MacBooks

Apple could abandon Intel processors for ARM-based Macs and MacBooks

 Apple could abandon Intel processors for ARM-based Macs and MacBooks

Bloomberg reports that Apple could officially confirm its intention to stop using Intel processors for macs and MacBooks, and switch to its ARM chips. The new development could be announced this month at wwdc 2020, which is scheduled to begin on June 22.

Rumors that Apple is moving toward its mac-based arm-based processors have been around for years, but the new report stated that the change was imminent and that the first set of Mac powered by an arm-based processor would arrive in 2021. Apple made the announcement this month to give Mac app developers enough time to adjust their apps before the new ARM-based Macs are rolled out next year. The company already has at least 3 ARM-based Mac processors in development.

The new chips would be developed around the ARM A14 processor used on iPhone and iPad devices. The chips would be designed by Apple and built by TSMC. TSMC (Taiwan Semi-Driver Manufacturing Company) also manufactures processors for AMD and NVIDIA. 

It was also reported that the change was caused by the slowdown in Intel's performance gains and that Apple's internal testing for Mac with arm-based chips showed large performance gains compared to its Intel-powered alternatives. Increasing the power efficiency of arm-based processors could result in thinner, lighter MacBooks in the future, however, they will continue to run the desktop-centric macOS. Moving to ARM will eventually include the entire Mac range.

The new development will be a big blow for Intel, which has been supplying processors for Macs and MacBooks since 2005.

Apple accounts for about 10% of the global PC market, a substantial loss of revenue for Intel, although it continues to dominate sales of laptops and desktop processors, at least for now.

Other manufacturers, including Microsoft, Samsung and Lenovo, have also debuted laptops with ARM processors, as well as offering a growing number of devices that have also grown with AMD processors.

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