According to a report, Apple Inc. is planning to replace processors from Intel with its own chips for its Mac devices. The company might build its own processors possibly by 2020. This move will bring about huge changes to macOS and iOS and to their coexistence in the future.
The project, code named Kalamata, aims to develop a strategy to make every Apple device work similarly and seamlessly together. This would ensure that the Mac computers get Apple-produced processors like the A11 Bionic chip used in iPhone X. “Apple has switched the Mac’s silicon platforms before, so if anyone can do it, Apple can”, said Avi Greengart, research director for consumer platforms and devices at GlobalData. “2020 would be ambitious, but hardly impossible. I would expect that Apple might actually start with its consumer laptops where the performance/power balance is the most powerful, while Apple’s iMac and Pro machines continue on Intel silicon longer”, he added.
The partnership had helped both Apple and Intel deliver a successful line of products, making Intel one of the leading brands in electronics. And now the shift will cost about 5 percent of the annual revenue to the chipmaker. The market clearly reflects that Intel is the loser here. After the reports were unveiled, Intel’s stock went down by nearly 8 percent.
Like Apple, Amazon too is looking forward to develop its own silicon AI chips for Alexa to create a lock-in for the Amazon ecosystem. Apple declined to comment on the speculations.