Rumor: Apple Will Use In-House CPUs For Macs Starting in 2020
According to reliable sources from Bloomberg, it appears that Apple is planning to phase out the use of Intel CPU’s in their Macs in favor of in-house processors. Apple would be developing their own processor, just like they’re doing right now for their iOS devices.
The rumors were reported by Mark Gurman, who has a good reputation when it comes to leaks about upcoming Apple products and plans. Apparently, this plan is still in its early phase and the company from Cupertino will be using Intel CPU’s in their computers for the next few years. The soonest that Apple would be making the jump would be 2020, although it’s not unlikely that this would be pushed back further.
Apple and Intel have been collaborating since 2005 after the company left behind the PowerPC era.
According to Gurman, this roadmap is internally known as ‘Kalatama’ and has already been approved by the leading developers at Apple. Using self-designed processor would allow for better optimization with the macOS software, not unlike iOS. This would also make Apple’s plans for universal apps on iOS and macOS more viable.
If Apple were to abandon Intel in favor of their own CPU chips, it would have a relatively significant effect on Intel’s revenue. According to Bloomberg, Apple accounts for about five percent of the company’s earnings.